10/09/2011 ‘Listen to us – negotiate with us.’ – Central Land Council statement at Kalkaringi NT

13 September 2011 – Fourth anniversary of the
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/en/drip.html

Contents:
* Central Land Council statement, Kalkaringi, 26 August 2011
* Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT: ‘Response to Stronger Futures’
* Perth launch of book: “Walk With Us”
* Interview with Barbara Shaw about the NT Intervention
* Poems by Isobel Phillips, Muckaty Traditional Owner
* Paddy Dujack and Gus George at Wave Hill homestead
* ANTaR: ‘Support NT communities to shape their own development’
* Eva Cox: ‘Government ignores evidence of policy failure
on Aboriginal issues’
* ANTaR: ‘Practical action needed now to address
‘national shame’ of Aboriginal imprisonment’
* Video: An Aboriginal community from pre-colonial times to 1990s
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles

* CENTRAL LAND COUNCIL STATEMENT, KALKARINGI, 26 AUGUST 2011

CLC Statement, Kalkaringi, 26 August 2011
‘concerned Australians’: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/Kalkarindji_statement_2011.pdf
Green Left: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/48778
GL: “The Central Land Council released the statement below
on August 26. It was delivered by Ngarla Kunoth-Monks, CLC
executive member, and Rob Roy, CLC member, at the 45th
anniversary celebrations of the Wavehill walk-off at
Kalkaringi, the Northern Territory.
***
Kalkaringi, NT – We are the Central Land Council and we
have been elected to speak for our Land, our Law and our
Culture.
We demand that the government permits us to take the
future in our hands.
Let us be clear – we are not just asking for consultation
– we want to set the agenda for our future.
Listen to us – negotiate with us. … ”
[Click on one of the above links to read more of the
points made.]

See:

Central Land Council: http://www.clc.org.au/

WGAR News: 45th anniversary of Gurindji Wave Hill walk-off – Kalkarindji NT – 26-28 August 2011
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/08/28/wgar-news-45th-anniversary-of-gurindji-wave-hill-walk-off-kalkarindji-nt-26-28-august-201

See more about Ngarla Kunoth-Monks:

WGAR News: Ngarla Kunoth-Monks, Richard Downs and Barbara Shaw at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York (2 Jun 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/02/wgar-news-global-call-to-action-petition-calling-on-pm-julia-gillard-to-end-the-nt-interv

WGAR News: Ngarla Kunoth-Monks, Barbara Shaw & Richard Downs speak about UN trip (22 Jun 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/22/wgar-news-4th-anniversary-of-nt-intervention-website-%E2%80%98an-alternative-to-the-nt-interventi

WGAR News: Women delegates speak on UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (28 Jun 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/28/wgar-news-kimberley-gas-plant-protest-and-blockade-sydney-anti-nuclear-rally-29-june-2011

WGAR News: Video of Richard Downs and Ngarla Kunoth-Monks at UN Indigenous Forum (6 Aug 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/08/06/wgar-news-gurindji-walkoff-from-wave-hill-45th-anniversary-commemoration-in-kalkarindji-n

* ABORIGINAL PEAK ORGANISATIONS NT: ‘RESPONSE TO STRONGER FUTURES’:

Ed. note:
On 22 June 2011, the Australian Federal Government released
the Discussion Paper ‘Stronger Futures in the Northern
Territory’ as part of their announced Northern Territory
consultations.

– Submission to the Government

Response to Stronger Futures
Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory
An alliance of the CLC, NLC, CAALAS, NAAJA and AMSANT
NLC: http://www.nlc.org.au/html/files/20111608%20-%20APONT%20submission%20to%20Stronger%20Futures%20-%20Final.pdf
AMSANT: http://www.amsant.org.au/documents/article/154/111608%20-%20APONT%20submission%20to%20Stronger%20Futures%20-%20Final-2.pdf
August 2011: “1 Executive Summary
This submission identifies ways in which the Government can
make good its commitment to a new way of working in
partnership with Aboriginal people, leaders and communities
to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
disadvantage.
A vital first step in building stronger futures is
recognising that ‘intervention’ as an approach to
policy-making is fundamentally flawed. This is clear from
the Closing the Gap Clearing House report, What works to
overcome Indigenous disadvantage.
The report found that what doesn’t work includes ‘one size
fits all’ approaches and a lack of collaboration with
communities. What it found does work is community
involvement and engagement; adequate resourcing and
planned and comprehensive responses; respect for language
and culture; working together; development of social
capital; recognising underlying social determinants;
commitment to doing projects with, not for, Aboriginal
people; creative collaboration; and understanding that
issues are complex and contextual. … ”
[Click on the above link to read the many more points made in the submission.]

– About APO NT

Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT
http://www.amsant.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=154&Itemid=258
“Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory – APO NT
– is an alliance comprising the Central Land Council (CLC),
Northern Land Council (NLC), North Australian Aboriginal
Justice Agency (NAAJA), Central Australian Aboriginal Legal
Aid Service (CAALAS) and the Aboriginal Medical Services
Alliance of the NT (AMSANT). The alliance was created to
provide a more effective response to key issues of joint
interest and concern affecting Aboriginal people in the
Northern Territory, including through advocating practical
policy solutions to government. … ”

See:

indigenous.gov.au: Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory (28 Jun 11)
http://www.indigenous.gov.au/index.php/stronger-futures-in-the-northern-territory/
[Outline of Government Discussion Paper]

Government discussion paper will keep NT Intervention architecture in place (22 Jun 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/22/government-discussion-paper-will-keep-nt-intervention-architecture-in-place

WGAR News: Reactions to government discussion paper: ‘Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory’ (24 Jun 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/24/wgar-news-reactions-to-government-discussion-paper-stronger-futures-in-the-northern-terri

The Future of the Northern Territory ‘Intervention’ -Issues Paper-
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services & Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT (Nov 10)
http://www.amsant.org.au/documents/article/154/101002-APO%20NT-NTER%20Issues%20Paper.pdf

Funding the Jobs Gap: A proposal for a new Community Employment and Enterprise Development Scheme (CEEDS) for regional and remote Indigenous Australia
Aboriginal Peak Organisations of the Northern Territory (APO(NT)) (Dec 10)
http://www.amsant.org.au/documents/article/154/101001-APO%20NT-CEEDS%20Paper.pdf

* PERTH LAUNCH OF BOOK: “WALK WITH US” – ABORIGINAL VIEWS ON THE NT INTERVENTION:

Click on the links for details of the event …

Event: Wed 14 September 2011: Crawley, Perth, WA
Book launch: “Walk With Us”
– Aboriginal views on the NT Intervention
Speaker: Violet Bacon, Aboriginal Social Work lecturer, UWA
Brought to you by ‘concerned Australians’: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/
Event summaries: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/WWU_booklaunches.html
Event details: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/Walk_with_Us_launch_Perth.pdf
Book info and order form: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/WWU_Order_Form.pdf
Book info: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/WWU-Alert-for-All-Readers.pdf
Videos from the Sydney book launch: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/films-and-literature/book-walk-with-us/videos-wwu

– Also in Perth

Event: Mon 19 September 2011: Perth, WA
Justice Reinvestment – A conversation with Mick Gooda
Aboriginal and TSI Social Justice Commissioner
Australian Human Rights Commission
“A new approach to reducing Indigenous over-representation
in the criminal justice system.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html
Registrations close 16 September, 2011
To register and purchase tickets visit: http://www.trybooking.com/UPE

See also:

Perth & WA Aboriginal Rights events for your diary
http://perth.indymedia.org/?action=newswire&parentview=155355

* INTERVIEW WITH BARBARA SHAW ABOUT THE NT INTERVENTION:

– Audio Interview

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane
Let’s Talk – Indigenous presented talkback:
http://989fm.com.au/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29
7 Sep 11: “Barbara Shaw: Karen Dorante spoke with Barbara
Shaw spokesperson for the Intervention Rollback Action
Group in Alice Springs and resident of Mt Nancy Town camp.
They spoke about The Northern Territory Intervention –
consultation processes, homes renovated, problems with rent,
not enough food security in homes.”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasting/audio/98fm-podcast-2011-09-07-75753.mp3

See more about Barbara Shaw:

Intervention Rollback Action Group (IRAG) Media Releases:
[scroll down page] http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/media/
[Barbara Shaw is often quoted in the media releases.]

Let’s Talk – Indigenous presented talkback: Tiga Bayles spoke with Barbara Shaw, NT Intervention Rollback Action Group (24 Aug 09)
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasting/get.php?web=98fm-podcast-2009-08-24-70641.mp3

YouTube: Part 2 Speeches: Opening Protest House Ampilatwatja Walk-off, NT (5 Mar 10)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSURYItC4xU&feature=related
[Speeches by Barbara Shaw and Paul Mcaleer]

Beyond Nuclear Initiative: No Muckaty nuclear dump: Community rally and march in Tennant Creek (3 Apr 10)
[scroll down page] http://beyondnuclearinitiative.wordpress.com/audio/
[Barbara Shaw (Intervention Rollback Action Group)]

Rollback the Intervention: Town camp leader outraged by Bess Price claims on Q and A (15 Apr 11)
[scroll down page] http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/media/

WGAR News: Darwin gathering for Aboriginal people living in prescribed areas under the NT Intervention (29 Apr 11)
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/04/29/darwin-gathering-for-aboriginal-people-living-in-prescribed-areas-under-the-nt-interventi

WGAR News: Interview with Barbara Shaw, of the Intervention Rollback Action Group, on the NT Intervention (7 May 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/07/wgar-news-interviews-with-barb-shaw-and-michael-anderson-speeches-by-pat-anderson-and-les

WGAR News: Speech by Aboriginal activist Barbara Shaw on the NT Intervention (10 May 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/10/wgar-news-nt-nuclear-waste-dump-plans-contested

WGAR News: Barbara Shaw at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (28 May 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/05/28/wgar-news-canberra-rally-june-14-2011-don%E2%80%99t-dump-on-the-nt-no-radioactive-waste-dump-at-m

WGAR News: Ngarla Kunoth-Monks, Richard Downs and Barbara Shaw at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York (2 Jun 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/02/wgar-news-global-call-to-action-petition-calling-on-pm-julia-gillard-to-end-the-nt-interv

WGAR News: Ngarla Kunoth-Monks, Barbara Shaw & Richard Downs speak about UN trip (22 Jun 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/22/wgar-news-4th-anniversary-of-nt-intervention-website-%E2%80%98an-alternative-to-the-nt-interventi

WGAR News: Women delegates speak on UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (28 Jun 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/28/wgar-news-kimberley-gas-plant-protest-and-blockade-sydney-anti-nuclear-rally-29-june-2011

* POEMS BY ISOBEL PHILLIPS, MUCKATY TRADITIONAL OWNER:

– Audio Poetry

Beyond Nuclear Intitiative:
Poems by Isobel Phillips, Muckaty Traditional Owner
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/2011/08/31/isobel-phillips-poems/
31 Aug 11: “Caring for Country; On The Land”

– Related News

ABC: Elder’s death won’t affect nuclear waste dump case
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-09-07/20110907death-mackaty-nuclear-dump/2874942
7 Sep 11: “The Northern Land Council (NLC) says a Federal
Court case over a planned nuclear waste dump near Tennant
Creek in the Northern Territory has not been affected by
the death of the senior elder who nominated the site. …
Meanwhile, an anti-nuclear campaigner says he is concerned
the federal Government is not doing enough to dispel the
belief that the proposed nuclear waste dump will hold only
low-level waste. … Dr Green says some of the waste will
have a half-life of thousands of years.”

See:

WGAR News: Muckaty Voices and Our Generation screening at
‘Down Under Berlin – Australian Film Festival’
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/08/23/wgar-news-book-launch-walk-with-us-aboriginal-views-on-the-nt-intervention

Nuclear Territory News: Waste Dump News
http://ntne.ws/articles/article.php?section=waste

Beyond Nuclear Initiative:
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/

* PADDY DUJACK AND GUS GEORGE AT WAVE HILL HOMESTEAD:

– Feature

ABC Rural: Wave Hill homestead through the eyes of the
blokes who walked off
http://www.abc.net.au/rural/content/2011/s3311237.htm
6 Sep 11: “The Indigenous communities of Kalkarindji and
Daguragu in the Northern Territory held a festival recently
to celebrate the 45th anniversary of day the Gurindji
people walked off Wave Hill Station. It’s a fascinating
piece of Australian history. It’s a classic David and
Goliath tale. The Gurindji people, bereft of any political
or social support before the walk off, were tenacious and
patient in their nine year struggle for land rights.
Walking around the sight of the old Wave Hill homestead
with two old Gurindji fellas was an amazing way to recreate
the story.” Steven Schubert

– Related News

Gabi Hollows celebrates the birth of land rights
https://www.hollows.org.au/Page.aspx?ID=2664
September 2011: “Gabi was joined by Australians from all
over the country who came to mark the milestone at a
three-day celebration, the Freedom Festival. “The Wave Hill
strikers laid the groundwork for the modern Indigenous land
rights movement,” says Gabi. Many connections and old
friendships were rekindled by Gabi during her visit to
Kalkarindji. She reminisced about the time in 1981 that
Fred operated on the eyes of Vincent Lingiari, a Gurindji
elder and the leader of the walk-off, at Royal Prince
Alfred Hospital.”

See:

WGAR News: 45th anniversary of Gurindji Wave Hill walk-off – Kalkarindji NT – 26-28 August 2011
http://indymedia.org.au/2011/08/28/wgar-news-45th-anniversary-of-gurindji-wave-hill-walk-off-kalkarindji-nt-26-28-august-201

* ANTaR: ‘SUPPORT NT COMMUNITIES TO SHAPE THEIR OWN DEVELOPMENT’:

– Media Release

ANTaR: Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation:
Support NT communities to shape their own development
http://www.antar.org.au/support_nt_communities_to_shape_their_own_development
8 Sep 11: “Releasing its submission on the future of
Northern Territory Aboriginal communities today, ANTaR
calls on both major parties to learn from the international
development experience and work with Aboriginal people to
plan the transition from intervention to sustainable
futures.
“With Government consultations on the future of the Northern
Territory Intervention drawing to a close and key
Intervention measures due to expire in June next year, we
are now at a critical policy and funding juncture”, said
Jacqueline Phillips, ANTaR National Director.
“From this point on, the language and style of intervention
must be abandoned. Instead, the Government should seek
sustainable solutions that empower local people and support
economic development, informed by the international
development experience.
Specifically, governments should adopt a community
development approach based on partnership,
capacity-building and enterprise development.
Recent policy changes have reduced Aboriginal community
control and centralised decision-making. Governments must
now walk with Aboriginal people in planning the next
stage. … “”

– News

Pro Bono News: Aboriginal Advocacy Group calls for
Bipartisan Support on Post-Intervention Policy
http://www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2011/09/aboriginal-advocacy-group-calls-bipartisan-support-post-intervention-policy
8 Sep 11: “National advocacy organisation, ANTaR has called
on both major political parties to learn from the
international development experience and work with
Aboriginal people to plan the transition from intervention
to sustainable futures. The call comes in its submission on
the future of Northern Territory Aboriginal communities
released today.”

Koori Mail: Self-determination key in NT, says ANTaR
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
7 Sep 11: “ANTaR says governments should abandon the
‘language and style of intervention’ in order to transition
Aboriginal people to sustainable futures. In its submission
to Government consultations on the future of the NT
Intervention, the lobby group also says governments should
reform NT Intervention measures such as income management
and five-year leases, empower local people and support
economic development. ”

* EVA COX: ‘GOVERNMENT IGNORES EVIDENCE OF POLICY FAILURE ON ABORIGINAL ISSUES’:

– Opinion / Analysis

The Conversation:
Government ignores evidence of policy failure on
Aboriginal issues
http://theconversation.edu.au/government-ignores-evidence-of-policy-failure-on-aboriginal-issues-3118
6 Sep 11: “The government is ignoring evidence that income
management in Aboriginal communities isn’t working. Despite
a raft of studies showing it isn’t changing behaviour or
significantly improving people’s life chances, the
Commonwealth is determined to press on with expanding the
policy. Another disappointing Productivity Commission
biennial report on Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage shows
limited improvement and, like the recent Finance Department
report, suggests much of the government’s Indigenous policy
is neither effective nor appropriately assessed.” Eva Cox

* ANTaR: ‘PRACTICAL ACTION NEEDED NOW TO ADDRESS ‘NATIONAL SHAME’ OF ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT’:

– Media Release

ANTaR: Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation:
Practical action needed now to address ‘national shame’ of
Aboriginal imprisonment
http://www.antar.org.au/practical_action_needed_now_to_address_national_shame_of_aboriginal_imprisonment
8 Sep 11: “Delivering the 25th Lionel Murphy lecture last
night, the Attorney-General Robert McClelland acknowledged
that over-imprisonment causes more crime than it prevents
and affirmed the need for all governments to work together
to address the social causes of crime.
“The statistics are stark and the evidence about what works
to break the cycle is compelling. There is no excuse for
governments to delay action to address the social causes of
over-imprisonment in Aboriginal communities,” said
Jacqueline Phillips, ANTaR National Director.
“ANTaR welcomes the Attorney-General’s recognition that
‘tough on crime’ approaches may do more harm than good.
It’s now time for practical action to right the ‘enduring
wrong’ of Aboriginal over-imprisonment.
We are encouraged by Mr McClelland’s interest in shifting
policy towards a justice reinvestment approach. We now call
on all governments to work together in developing a
framework to divert resources from prisons to disadvantaged
communities. Overseas experience demonstrates that this is
the most effective way to break the cycle.””

See:

JOINT NATIONAL CALL TO ACTION
To reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the criminal justice system (15 Apr 11)
http://www.antar.org.au/sites/default/files/Call%20to%20action%20to%20reduce%20Indigenous%20imprisonment%20final%20version.pdf

Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement: Incarceration of Aboriginal People (9 May 11)
http://www.alrm.org.au/mediareleases/2011/MR%20Excessive%20Incarceration%20Rates%20of%20Aboriginal%20People.pdf

ANTaR: Reducing Imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (29 Jul 11)
http://www.antar.org.au/issues_and_campaigns/reducing_indigenous_incarceration

* VIDEO: AN ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY FROM PRE-COLONIAL TIMES TO THE 1990S:

– Video

EngageMedia: Exile and the Kingdom
http://www.engagemedia.org/Members/media-40juluwarlu/videos/exile-and-the-kingdom/view
5 Sep 11: “The first complete account in Australian film
history of the experiences of a community of Aboriginal
people from pre-colonial times to the 1990s. This film
makes the connection between Aboriginals in chains in the
19th century and Aboriginal people in prisons today, so
providing a deeper understanding of how the violence and
denials of the past inform the present. Ultimately, it
gives conviction that with their extraordinary resilience,
the Indigenous peoples of Australia will survive and
flourish.
… Produced by Frank Rijavec; Directed by Frank Rijavec”

* UPCOMING ABORIGINAL RIGHTS EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA
– 34 EVENTS FROM 10 SEPTEMBER 2011:

Click on the links for details of the events …

Event: Ongoing protest: James Price Point, Kimberley, WA
Kimberley gas plant protest
Save the Kimberley info: http://www.savethekimberley.com/
Kimberley gas plant threatens Aboriginal culture: http://ccr.uws.edu.au/2011/06/22/kimberley-gas-plant-threatens-aboriginal-culture-join-the-discussion/#.TkjD3WEgp8E
Aboriginal elder Elsta Foy at the protest camp: http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2011/s3296152.htm
Protest updates: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/blog/
Environs Kimberley: http://www.environskimberley.org.au/
Kimberley info: http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com/
Kimberley Country and Culture: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/whats-the-fuss/country-culture/
WGAR News: Kimberley gas plant protest and blockade (28 Jun 11): http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/28/wgar-news-kimberley-gas-plant-protest-and-blockade-sydney-anti-nuclear-rally-29-june-2011
WGAR News: 25 protesters arrested at JPP blockade (9 Jul 11): http://indymedia.org.au/2011/07/09/wgar-news-25-protesters-arrested-at-james-price-point-blockade-petition-handed-to-ministe

Event: 3 July to Sun 25 September 2011: Sydney, NSW
Exhibition: FREEDOM RIDERS
– Art and activism 1960s to now
Sydney University Art Gallery
“A unique and daring exhibition has pulled together some of
the most important political artworks produced by NSW’s
leading Aboriginal artists and put them in one room for the
public to see.” ABC News
Event details: http://sydney.edu.au/museums/events_exhibitions/art_gallery_exhibitions.shtml
Featured in Video: http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2011/07/01/3259282.htm

Event: 27 May to Sun 9 October 2011: Kalgoorlie, WA
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/travelling_details/

Event: Thu 18 August – Sun 30 October 2011: Wiluna to Perth, WA
Walk Away from Uranium Mining
“By coming to Wiluna you will be supporting Traditional
Owners in their opposition to uranium mining.”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/walk-away-from-uranium-mining
Event details: http://www.nuclearfreefuture.com/
Walk Schedule: http://footprints.footprintsforpeace.net/nffcampaign/upload/files/Wiluna_to_Perth_Walk_Schedule.pdf
About the walk: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/48231

Upcoming Event: Central Adelaide, SA
Adelaide Kimberley Support Rally postponed
“a bigger better event is already being planned,
date and details soon!”
Event details: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/2011/07/13/upcoming-events/

Upcoming Event: Darwin, NT
Darwin book launch: “Walk With Us”
– Aboriginal views on the NT Intervention
Darwin – Time and venue yet to be announced
Event details: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/WWU_booklaunches.html
Event details: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/films-and-literature/book-walk-with-us
Brought to you by ‘concerned Australians’: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/
Book info and order form: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/WWU_Order_Form.pdf
Book info: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/WWU-Alert-for-All-Readers.pdf
Videos from the Sydney book launch: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/films-and-literature/book-walk-with-us/videos-wwu

Event: Sat 10 September 2011: Adelaide, SA
Adelaide Save the Kimberley Benefit Gig
Supported by SASEN (SA Student Enviro Network) &
The Wilderness Society
“A night of music, speakers and banner painting awaits you!!”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/adelaide-save-the-kimberley-benefit-gig

Event: Tue 13 September 2011: Acton, Canberra, ACT
Our Generation Film Screening
Q&A with special guests:
Dr. Helen Watchirs and Dianne Collins
Hosted by ACT Human Rights Commission and Community Partners
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/home/event/26585/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Tue 13 September 2011: CBD, Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
With special guests Jeff McMullen and the filmmakers
Hosted by Amnesty International Pitt Street Action Group
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/26461/
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Wed 14 September 2011: Crawley, Perth, WA
Book launch: “Walk With Us”
– Aboriginal views on the NT Intervention
Speaker: Violet Bacon, Aboriginal Social Work lecturer, UWA
Brought to you by ‘concerned Australians’: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/
Event summaries: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/WWU_booklaunches.html
Event summaries: http://indymedia.org.au/perth-launch-of-book-walk-with-us-aboriginal-views-on-the-nt-intervention
Event details: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/Walk_with_Us_launch_Perth.pdf
Book info and order form: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/WWU_Order_Form.pdf
Book info: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Australians/WWU-Alert-for-All-Readers.pdf
Videos from the Sydney book launch: http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/films-and-literature/book-walk-with-us/videos-wwu

Event: Thu 15 September 2011: Bundoora, Melbourne, Vic
Our Generation Film Screening
With special guest speaker:
Walpiri leader Valerie Martin Napaljari from Yunedumu
Hosted by ESP (Equality, Sustainability and Peace) group at
La Trobe University
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/our-generation-documentary-screening-at-la-trobe-university-bundoora
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Fri 16 September 2011: Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, Qld
Our Generation Film Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Fri 16 September 2011: Northcote, Melbourne, Vic
Ballerrt Mooroop Strong Spirit Festival – Fundraiser
Featuring: Uncle Kutcha Edwards
Johnny Mac and Meriki Hood
Jessie Llyod – Julia Mahatuwe
Mattrix – Squid Squad
Ballerrt Mooroop Dancing Troupe
“Join us for a very special night to celebrate
Indigenous culture and raise awareness of the
struggle to save Ballerrt Mooroop College,
Melbourne’s last Indigenous school.”
Event details: http://ballerrtmooroop.org/?q=content/ballerrt-mooroop-strong-spirit-festival-fundraiser
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/ballert-mooroop-strong-spirit-festival
Campaign updates: http://ballerrtmooroop.org/

Event: Sat 17 September 2011: Brunswick, Melbourne, Vic
Media Skills Workshop for Activists
Organised by Radical Women &
Indigenous Social Justice Association – Melbourne
“Do you want to use the mainstream and community media more
effectively to promote social change? … ”
Register to attend
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/media-skills-workshop-for-activists

Event: Sat 17 September 2011: Highgate Hill, Brisbane, Qld
Keep the Kimberley Benefit Gig
“Join us for an amazing night of music,
short films, wood fired pizza and tasty
beverages as some great acts from
around the country arrive at Turnstyle
to help Save the Kimberley!”
Event details: http://www.turnstyle.org.au/node/4456

Event: Mon 19 September 2011: Cronulla, Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Hosted by Amnesty International Sutherland Shire Action Group
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/26574/
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Mon 19 September 2011: Perth, WA
Justice Reinvestment – A conversation with Mick Gooda
Aboriginal and TSI Social Justice Commissioner
Australian Human Rights Commission
“A new approach to reducing Indigenous over-representation
in the criminal justice system.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html
Registrations close 16 September, 2011
To register and purchase tickets visit: http://www.trybooking.com/UPE

Event: Tue 20 September 2011: Melbourne, Vic
Our Generation Film Screening
More details to come
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Tue 20 September 2011: Kensington, Sydney, NSW
Close the Gap Debate
– Is positive discrimination the only way to close the gap?
Hosted by Amnesty UNSW in collaboration with UNSW DebSoc
“A debate in recognition of Amnesty International
Australia’s focus on Indigenous rights and the Utopia
Homelands.”
Please RSVP
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/26642/

Event: Sun 25 September 2011: Lyneham, Canberra, ACT
WGAR Variety Fund Raiser:
Yarns and Poetry by locals, BBQ, Music, Films and more
Organised by WGAR: Working Group for Aboriginal Rights (Canberra)
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/wgar-variety-fund-raiser-yarns-and-poetry-by-locals-bbq-music-films-and-more
WGAR Website: https://wgar.wordpress.com/

Event: Wed 28 September 2011: Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Qld
Homelands Campaign training session
Amnesty International Qld/ Northern NSW
“The training is designed for activists who
want to play an active role in the campaign,
within their local group or as a part of the
Homelands Action Group.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/qld/event/26674/

Event: Thu 29 September 2011: Redfern, Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Q&A with Jeff McMullen
Hosted by Women’s Reconciliation Network
and Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Facts-Info-Our-Generation/Our-Gen-RCC-29-9-11.pdf
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: 3 October 2011: Adelaide, SA
131st Justice and Peace Candlelight Walk
“Join us on the Candle Light Walk to call for a
Treaty and Bill of Rights, and to support the
Ngarrindjeri and all other Aboriginal people
and the Stolen Generations, their families and
communities left behind, in their call for
Peace and Justice. … ”
Event details: http://antarsa.auspics.org.au/category/news/2011/09/hello-world/

Event: Wed 5 October 2011: Brisbane, Qld
One-day Conference:
Human rights and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
Hosted by Amnesty International Qld/Northern NSW
“Hear how human rights instruments, including the United
Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,
can be applied to governance, law enforcement and justice
for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in
Queensland.”
RSVPS are essential
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/qld/event/24476/

Event: Fri 7 October 2011: Northcote, Melbourne, Vic
Fundraiser: Slam Generation: Poetry slam & variety night.
“This night is a fundraiser for the Glenroy
Indigenous School (Ballerrt Mooroop
College) that is at this very moment
threatened by bulldozers!”
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/48770
Campaign updates: http://ballerrtmooroop.org/

Event: Fri 7 & Sat 8, Tue 11 to Sat 15 Oct 2011: Melbourne, Vic
Presented by Melbourne Festival
in association with Sydney Festival
Ilbijerri Theatre Company (Australia): FOLEY
“Political agitator Gary Foley presents a swag of stories
from a life lived in the spirit of resistance. … ”
Event details: http://www.melbournefestival.com.au/program/production?id=3860&idx=1&max=12

Event: Wed 12 October 2011: St Lucia, Brisbane, Qld
Our Generation Film Screening
“The University of Queensland group will be
hosting this screening as a part of Amnesty
International’s Homelands campaign”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/qld/event/26673/
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Wed 12 October 2011: Sippy Downs, Qld
Our Generation Film Screening
“The University of the Sunshine Coast will
be hosting this screening as a part of
Amnesty International’s Homelands
campaign”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/qld/event/26672/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Sun 23 October 2011: Bendigo, Vic
A Benefit for the Kimberley
Event details: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/2011/07/13/upcoming-events/
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=171353649603731
Flyer: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/276751_171353649603731_2704303_n.jpg

Event: Fri 4 November 2011 to February 2012: Townsville, Qld
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/travelling_details/

Event: Tue 8 November 2011: Hurstville, Sydney, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Hosted by Amnesty International Sutherland Shire Action Group
“Our group is hoping to engage more with AI members and
residents of the St George area and we hope that this will
be a launch event for the creation of a St George Action
Group … ”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/26576/
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Sat 19 November 2011: Annandale, Sydney, NSW
Save the Kimberley: Cans for Country, Songs for change!
“A super sick show with super sick bands, to help raise
funds and awareness to aid in the fight against the WA
Government and Woodsides attempted destruction of the
Kimberley Coast”
Event details: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/2011/07/13/upcoming-events/

Event: Sun 20 November 2011: Mullumbimby, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
With live music and Q&A with the filmmakers
More details to come
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: February 2012 to May 2012: Queensland Museum
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
– Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/travelling_details/

– ‘Our Generation’ Film Reviews

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
Our Generation – Showing in London – page 8
http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaWinter2011.pdf
Winter 2011: “The Intervention is yet another example of
the appalling treatment the Aboriginal People of Australia
have been subjected to in such a short period of time
compared to thousands of years of survival. Sinem Saban and
Rev. Dr Gondarra supported by the Yolngu people and
cinematographer, Damien Curtis, have created a sensitive
and realistic view of the plight of those who wish to live
a more traditional life in their homelands and of those who
appear to be dispossessed.” Christine Waterer

Elimatta:
Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater:
ASG Information Night: Our Generation – page 6
http://www.asgmwp.net/ElimattaSummer2010.pdf
Summer 2010: “Local resident and journalist, Jeff McMullen
introduced “Our Generation”, the film by Sinem Saban and
Damien Curtis which we were there to see. The film explored
in depth the Federal Government Intervention into
Aboriginal Communities in the Northern Territory. Jeff had
told us that the film’s producers were not having any
success in having the film shown on government or
commercial media outlets and they were having to screen it
in local community halls to show the community at large
just what was involved in the Intervention. It is basically
a war on Aboriginal culture. The dispossession of the
Aboriginal people is simply continuing in a new guise.”
Carol Gerrard

See:

Our Generation: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/

Aboriginal Support Group – Manly Warringah Pittwater: http://www.asgmwp.net/index.htm

* OTHER NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION ARTICLES:

– Opinion / Analysis

Tracker: BLACK CHAT: Don’t mess with the Warlpiri
http://tracker.org.au/2011/09/black-chat-don%E2%80%99t-mess-with-the-warlpiri/
7 Sep 11: “NATIONAL: The Warlpiri mob in Central Australia
have long been known as a resistant mob… as in they
resist attempts to assimilate them at every opportunity.
And there’s no greater policy of assimilation than the
Northern Territory intervention. Thus, the good folks of
Yuendumu have been kept busy defacing and destroying the
various NT intervention signs that governments have
constructed throughout the region to shame Aboriginal
communities. Last edition, we brought you a picture of a
sign on the outskirts of Yuendumu which read,
‘Welcome to Yuendumu. If you want porn, go to Canberra’. … ”

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Anti-intervention group slams housing program
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6269:anti-intervention-group-slams-housing-program&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
8 Sep 11: “An Indigenous group says the Federal and
Territory government’s Strategic Indigenous Housing and
Infrastructure Program (SIHIP) is failing to improve the
quality of housing in remote communities. $670 million have
been spent on SIHIP, however residents of the town camps
say that the money has been wasted as the construction of
the houses is not up to standard. Spokesperson for the
Intervention Rollback Action Group Barbara Shaw says that
the standard of living in the houses in the town camps is
different to the standards found in the suburbs.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Creative Spirits:
Northern Territory Emergence Response (NTER)
– “The Intervention”:
http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/politics/northern-territory-intervention.html

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Northern Territory National Emergency Response:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Territory_intervention

‘concerned Australians’:
Without Justice there can be no Reconciliation:
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/

ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation)
– NT intervention:
http://www.antar.org.au/issues_and_campaigns/nt_intervention

The Conversation – After the Intervention:
http://theconversation.edu.au/pages/after-the-intervention

Tracker – NT Intervention:
http://tracker.org.au/tag/nt-intervention/

STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney):
http://stoptheintervention.org/

CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association)
– NT Intervention:
http://caama.com.au/?s=NT+Intervention

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Northern Territory Intervention:
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/category/issues/indigenous-rights/northern-territory-intervention

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group):
Mparntwe – Alice Springs:
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

Treaty Republic – NT Intervention:
http://treatyrepublic.net/search/node/NT%20Intervention

MAIC (Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective):
http://maicollective.blogspot.com/

Crikey – NT Intervention:
http://www.crikey.com.au/topic/nt-intervention/

Jobs with Justice:
http://jobswithjustice.wordpress.com/

New Matilda – northern territory intervention:
http://newmatilda.com/tag/northern-territory-intervention

Amnesty International Australia:
Looking back at the Northern Territory Intervention:
http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights/comments/24460/

Students For Indigenous Rights – UQ:
The Northern Territory Intervention:
http://uqsir.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/stir-uq-intervention-intro-factsheet-new1.pdf

Defending Indigenous Rights:
http://defendingindigenousrights.wordpress.com/

Intervention walk-off’s Blog:
http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/

Australian Human Rights Commission:
Northern Territory ‘Emergency Response’ intervention:
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/social_justice/intervention/index.html

FAIRA; Human Rights Law Resource Centre; NACLC:
Australia’s compliance with CERD – Fact Sheet 2:
Northern Territory Intervention:
http://www.hrlrc.org.au/files/Fact-Sheet-2-NT-Intervention.pdf

Green Left: Northern Territory intervention: myths and facts:
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/39732

WGAR (Working Group for Aboriginal Rights):
https://wgar.wordpress.com/

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Audio

The Wire:
Indigenous Literacy Day highlights the need to close the gap
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=8416
7 Sep 11: “Today’s Indigenous Literacy day highlights the
need to close the gap between literacy levels in Indigenous
students living in remote areas and non-Indigenous
students. In the Northern Territory, only one in five
children living in very remote Indigenous communities can
read at the minimum standard. By the time these children
reach year 7, only 15 per cent achieve this benchmark,
47 per cent behind urban indigenous students and 74 per
cent behind non-Indigenous children. …
Featured in story:
* Australian Education Union Northern Territory Branch
President Matthew Cranitch
* Chair of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation Board
Juliet Rogers
* Hawthorndene Primary Teacher and librarian Ruth Hutchinson
* Hawthorndene Primary Year 5 students Rebecca Crawley
and Ella Milne”

– Interview

Tracker: LEGENDS OF LAND RIGHTS: Caring for country
http://tracker.org.au/2011/09/legends-of-land-rights-caring-for-country/
7 Sep 11: “NATIONAL: As part of an ongoing project, the NSW
Aboriginal Land Council is producing a DVD series called
‘Legends of Land Rights’, honouring the hundreds of land
rights heroes who have dedicated their lives to the fight.
Each month, Tracker gives you a transcript of one of our
interviews. This edition CHRIS MUNRO yarns to Lionel Mongta,
an Aboriginal activist and land rights legend.”

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Health suffers from lack of resources
http://www.nirs.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6266:health-suffers-from-lack-of-resources&catid=2:news-broadcasts&Itemid=154
8 Sep 11: “An Aboriginal health organization in the
Northern Territory says the Aboriginal health profession is
collapsing due to a lack of resources for training. Board
Member of Aboriginal Medical Services NT (AMSANT) Paula
Arnoll made the comments at the launch of the Year of the
Aboriginal Health Worker in Katherine in the NT.”

news.com.au: Ernie Dingo blames whites for Aboriginal drinking
http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/movies/ernie-dingo-blames-whites-for-aboriginal-drinking/story-e6frfmvr-1225809776726
12 Dec 09: “INDIGENOUS icon Ernie Dingo has hit out at
hypocritical “white people” who lecture Aborigines about
alcohol consumption. “What you should be worrying about is
who is giving them access … who sells alcohol? Not black
people,” Dingo said. “We (indigenous people) don’t have a
problem. Our problem is to say ‘no’ to you blokes, to white
people … ‘no’ is not really part of our cultural
background. “There are more white alcoholics than there are
black people in this country, so don’t come at us with
restrictions and Aboriginal laws about alcohol.””

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