Archive for September, 2012

120925 – Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia – 21 events from 25 September 2012

Posted in EVENTS, NEWSLETTER on 24/09/2012 by D

Event: 25 September 2012: Carlton, Melbourne, Vic
Gary Foley and Monica Morgan speak on:
Politics of the NT Intervention and
the ALP’s continued support for it.
Hosted by The New International Bookshop
Event details: http://www.wherevent.com/detail/Sharne-Vate-Gary-Foley-and-Monica-Morgan-speak-on-the-NT-Intervention

Event: Tue 25 September 2012: Sydney, NSW
Deadly Awards
“The Deadly Awards is an annual event
held at the Sydney Opera House to recognise
the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islanders to their community and to Australian society.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html
Event details: http://www.vibe.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&id=4744

Event: 25-27 September 2012: Alice Springs, NT
National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Public Events at NC 12 Alice Springs 25-27 September
“Members, friends and curious locals are very
welcome to come and meet Delegates, Board
and staff and hear more about what we stand
for and the work we do at two public events.”
Event details: http://nationalcongress.com.au/congress-events/
Event details: http://nationalcongress.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/NationalCongress2012PUBLICEVENTS.jpg
Congress website: http://nationalcongress.com.au/

Event: 27 September 2012: Redfern, Sydney, NSW
Walmadany – James Price Point
Guest Presenter: Deborah Wall OAM
“Aboriginal people in Broome prefer to refer
to this place as Walmadany-James Price Point”
“Over emphasis on integration into economic markets
results in dividing Indigenous families and groups
and undermines the integrity of the Aboriginal domain.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.respectandlisten.org/kimberley.html

Event: Fri 28 September 2012: Fremantle, Perth, WA
John Pat memorial day against all deaths in custody
“Deaths In Custody Watch Committee of Western
Australia invites you to the Ceremony of
Remembrance for all who have died in police
& prison custody including those have died in
police pursuits.”
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/52234

Event: Sat 29 September 2012: Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW
Talk: Michael Anderson: Who Owns Australia?
Sydney Opera House and
the St James Ethics Centre present:
Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2012
“Michael Anderson explores what would happen
if it could be proven that Aboriginal people
never lost sovereignty over Australia in
Who Owns Australia?”
“Michael Anderson (Nyoongar Ghurradjong Murri Ghillar)
is an Aboriginal rights activist, community leader,
lecturer and long-standing political figure who
was appointed by his peers as the first Aboriginal
ambassador to white Australia in the 1970s.”
“But what if it could be proved that Aboriginal
people never lost sovereignty over Australia?
If our governments had to negotiate to salvage their
legitimacy, could they come to terms with this shift
in the balance of power and forge a new
understanding between black and white Australia?”
Event details: http://www.eventfinder.com.au/2012/michael-anderson-who-owns-australia/sydney/circular-quay
Event details: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/About/12EventMediaRelease_FODI2012.aspx
Festival details: http://fodi.sydneyoperahouse.com/#home/

Event: 18 – 29 September 2012: Waterloo, Sydney, NSW
The Kimberley Under Threat:
The Power and the Passion
A photographic exhibition
Event details: http://www.respectandlisten.org/kimberley.html

Event: Fri 5 – Sat 6 October 2012: Fremantle & Perth, WA
Seventh Annual National Indigenous Legal Conference
Pathways to Tomorrow:
Innovations and Intersections in Law, Land and Justice
Held at the University of Notre Dame
and the University of Western Australia
“This year’s conference addresses two key themes,
New Approaches to Justice, and
Cultural and Natural Resources Management.”
Speakers include:
* the Hon Fred Chaney AO,
* Dennis Eggington,
* Mick Gooda,
* Glen Kelly,
* The Hon Wane Martin AC
Event details: http://www.nd.edu.au/events/nilc
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html#october

Event: 5, 6 & 7 October 2012: Musgrave Park, South Brisbane, Qld
30th Anniversary of the
1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games protests
Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy
“5th Oct: Opening corroboree, a feast and the
premiere screening of a documentary shot at
the 82 protests.
6th Oct: Towards a Sovereign Republic concert,
a re-enactment of one of the many marches
into the city, talks and workshops featuring
participants of the 82 protests and those
currently involved in the sovereign movement.
7th Oct: Closing corroboree.”
Event details: http://blogs.slq.qld.gov.au/indigenous-voices/2012/09/19/new-publication-brisbane-blacks-monthly/
Event details: http://www.989fm.com.au/events/30th-anniversary-of-the-brisbane-commonwealth-games-protest/
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/333885113372680/

Event: Mon 8 to 22 October 2012: Newtown, Sydney, NSW
Homelands photographic exhibit opening
Opening: Mon 8 October 2012
“The exhibition captures a cross section of
everyday life in the Alyawarr and the Anmatyerr
communities of Utopia homelands, the Northern Territory.”
“These images, in conjunction with our report
‘The land holds us: Aboriginal Peoples’ right to
traditional homelands in the Northern Territory’
illustrate the importance of adequate government
recognition and funding for these areas.”
Organised by Amnesty International NSW:
http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/29759/

Event: Tue 9 October 2012: Sydney City, NSW
The Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research,
The Federation Press and the Sidney Myer Fund
warmly invite you to the:
Book Launch of ‘People on Country,
Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures’
Edited by Jon Altman and Seán Kerins
Host: Jason Ardler
Launcher: Jody Broun, followed by contributions from
Indigenous ranger partners and authors
“Over the past four decades Aboriginal people living in
remote and regional Australia have been empowered by land
rights and native title laws to claim back large tracts of
their ancestral lands. …
This book seeks to reposition Indigenous people and their
caring for country activities from the margins to the very
core of the growing national conversation on issues such as
climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion. … ”
Book & Event details: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/publications/others/pocmonograph.php
Book details: http://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781862878938
Event details, page 4 of newsletter: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/sites/default/files/cck_misc_documents/2012/09/PoC%20Newsletter%20vol4%20no2_web.pdf
RSVP by 2 October 2012: [for details scroll down page] http://caepr.anu.edu.au/publications/others/pocmonograph.php

Event: Wed 10 October 2012: ANU, Acton, Canberra, ACT
The Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research,
The Federation Press and the Sidney Myer Fund
warmly invite you to the:
Book Launch of ‘People on Country,
Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures’
Edited by Jon Altman and Seán Kerins
Host: Dan Gillespie
Launcher: Tom Calma AO, followed by contributions from
Indigenous ranger partners and authors
Location: Australian National University
“Over the past four decades Aboriginal people living in
remote and regional Australia have been empowered by land
rights and native title laws to claim back large tracts of
their ancestral lands. …
This book seeks to reposition Indigenous people and their
caring for country activities from the margins to the very
core of the growing national conversation on issues such as
climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion. … ”
Book & Event details: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/publications/others/pocmonograph.php
Book details: http://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781862878938
Event details, page 4 of newsletter: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/sites/default/files/cck_misc_documents/2012/09/PoC%20Newsletter%20vol4%20no2_web.pdf
RSVP by 2 October 2012: [for details scroll down page] http://caepr.anu.edu.au/publications/others/pocmonograph.php

Event: Thu 11 October 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
The Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research,
The Federation Press and the Sidney Myer Fund
warmly invite you to the:
Book Launch of ‘People on Country,
Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures’
Edited by Jon Altman and Seán Kerins
Host: Professor Brian Howe AO
Launcher: Monica Morgan, followed by contributions from
Indigenous ranger partners and authors
“Over the past four decades Aboriginal people living in
remote and regional Australia have been empowered by land
rights and native title laws to claim back large tracts of
their ancestral lands. …
This book seeks to reposition Indigenous people and their
caring for country activities from the margins to the very
core of the growing national conversation on issues such as
climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion. … ”
Book & Event details: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/publications/others/pocmonograph.php
Book details: http://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781862878938
Event details, page 4 of newsletter: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/sites/default/files/cck_misc_documents/2012/09/PoC%20Newsletter%20vol4%20no2_web.pdf
RSVP by 2 October 2012: [for details scroll down page] http://caepr.anu.edu.au/publications/others/pocmonograph.php

Event: 11 September – 12 October 2012: UTS, Sydney, NSW
Exhibition:
Djalkiri – we are standing on their names – Blue Mud Bay
“Artback NT: Arts Touring and Development presents
Djalkiri: we are standing on their names –
Blue Mud Bay – the culmination of a vibrant and intensive
cross-cultural exchange between five highly respected
Yithuwa Madarrpa artists and four renowned artists
from across Australia.”
Event details: http://newsroom.uts.edu.au/events/2012/09/djalkiri-we-are-standing-on-their-names-blue-mud-bay
Event summary: http://newsroom.uts.edu.au/events_new/upcoming/

Event: Tue 16 October 2012: CDU, Casuarina, Darwin, NT
The Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research,
The Federation Press and the Sidney Myer Fund
warmly invite you to the:
Book Launch of ‘People on Country,
Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures’
Edited by Jon Altman and Seán Kerins
Host: Dan Gillespie
Launcher: Marion Scrymgour, followed by contributions from
Indigenous ranger partners and authors
Location: Charles Darwin University
“Over the past four decades Aboriginal people living in
remote and regional Australia have been empowered by land
rights and native title laws to claim back large tracts of
their ancestral lands. …
This book seeks to reposition Indigenous people and their
caring for country activities from the margins to the very
core of the growing national conversation on issues such as
climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion. … ”
Book & Event details: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/publications/others/pocmonograph.php
Book details: http://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781862878938
Event details, page 4 of newsletter: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/sites/default/files/cck_misc_documents/2012/09/PoC%20Newsletter%20vol4%20no2_web.pdf
RSVP by 2 October 2012: [for details scroll down page] http://caepr.anu.edu.au/publications/others/pocmonograph.php

Wed 17 October 2012: Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW
Panel: A working shower for all Australians?
– What is the problem?
Includes a panel of high profile speakers who will
address concerns about the following:
* Building standards in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing
* Human Rights and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
living in remote Homelands.
“For over three years Amnesty International has
partnered with the communities of the
Utopia homelands to develop reports to
drive campaigning on this issue”
Speakers will include:
* Sarah Marland (Amnesty International)
* Paul Pholeros (Healthabitat)
* Jeff Mc Mullen (journalist)
Presented by:
Amnesty International NSW Demand Dignity Group
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/29666/

Event: Tue 23 October 2012: Sydney, NSW
Our Generation film screening
Homelands and Homelessness
– Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Organised by Amnesty International
“The panel will address concerns about the
105,000 homeless people currently struggling
to survive in Australia. It will also discuss the
human rights problems experienced by
indigenous persons living in remote Homelands.”
Speakers will include:
* Sarah Marland;
* John Dowd AO;
* The honourable Linda Burney MP.
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/29438/
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/screenings/tue-23-oct-sydney-nsw
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
‘Our Generation’ Film Reviews: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/24/our-generation-film-reviews

Event: Thu 8 – Sun 11 November 2012:
Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Fremantle
Dan Sultan Announces Indigenous Rights Concert Tour
“Last seen stepping in for Gurrumul after he
had to pull out November’s Gorgeous Festival,
Dan Sultan has announced a new series of
concerts to help raise awareness for
issues facing the Indigenous community.
The Music Network reports that the ARIA
Award-winning Gurindji performer has designed
the shows, called Rock For Recognition,
as helping promote the need for recognition of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples in the
Australian Constitution.”
Presented by ANTaR, Oxfam, Congress and You Me Unity
Event details: http://www.antar.org.au/dan_sultan_set_to_rock_for_recognition
Event details: http://www.tonedeaf.com.au/news/tournews/191430/dan-sultan-announces-indigenous-rights-concert-tour.htm
Event details: http://www.themusicnetwork.com/music-news/artists/2012/08/22/dan-sultan-to-head-rock-for-recognition-concerts/
Event details: [scroll down page] http://nationalcongress.com.au/congress-events/
News: http://www.australiantimes.co.uk/entertainment/music/australian-music/dan-sultan-says-australia-is-a-racist-country.htm

Event: Sat 10 November 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
2012 Spring Action:
Stop Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
Organised by:
Indigenous Social Justice Association – Melbourne
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm
Photos of 27th July Sydney Rally: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51682
Video of 11th August Melbourne Rally: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51877

Event: 5-7 December 2012: Gold Coast, Qld
2012 National Indigenous Health Conference
Many Pathways, One Outcome
” … is designed to bring together both government
and non-government agencies who are working
in the field of Indigenous health with the belief
that working together can close the gap between
the state of Indigenous Health as compared to
the health of mainstream Australians.”
Event details: http://www.indigenoushealth.net/

Event: 10 December 2012: various locations internationally
UN International Human Rights Day
Sydney Aboriginal rights events planned.
More details to come …

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120924 – Congress and ANTaR speak out on the ‘Our Land Our Languages’ Report

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 24/09/2012 by D

Contents:
* Congress:
Report speaks volumes on Aboriginal languages future
* ANTaR backs call for urgent action on languages
* Vicki Kerrigan: Parlez vous Yolngu?
* Emma Murphy: Report:
Bilingual education in Aboriginal communities is crucial
* Claire Bowern:
Our Land, Our Languages and Preserving Our Heritage
* Background to the use of Aboriginal languages in NT schools
* WANFA: Traditional Owners Demand Consultation
* Living Black: The First Handout of Aboriginal Passports
* Living Black: New Laws to Affect Traditional Hunting Methods
* The Wire: Traditional Owners Know Best

* CONGRESS:
REPORT SPEAKS VOLUMES ON ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES FUTURE

– News

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Report speaks volumes on Aboriginal languages future
http://nationalcongress.com.au/languages-inquiry-response/
17 Sep 12: “Congress says the recommendations from a
Parliamentary Committee inquiry reinforce Congress’s
priority to address the crisis in protecting and
maintaining Aboriginal languages.
Congress Co-Chair Jody Broun congratulated the committee on
their report, “Our Land Our Languages”, saying that almost
every point in the Congress submission is included in the
Committee’s recommendations. …
“Congress worked hard to ensure our members and member
organisations who are experts in these areas were
instrumental in developing a strong, evidence based report
to the committee on the necessity for major improvements to
language learning, maintenance and revival,” said Director
Curnow. …
Co-Chair Broun stressed the importance of vital living
languages – not remnants of extinct languages – being
recognised as a unique part of Australian heritage and
culture.
“Congress will continue to advocate for the essential
national coordination required to support the many
regional language centres who have worked tirelessly for
the better part of 25 years,” she said. … ”

See:

WGAR News: ‘Our Land Our Languages’:
Report on language learning in Indigenous communities (18 Sep 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/18/wgar-news-our-land-our-languages-report-on-language-learning-in-indigenous-communities

Background to National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
Last updated: 5 May 2012
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-national-congress-of-australia%E2%80%99s-first-peoples

– Related News

Koori Mail: Congress welcomes languages report
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
18 Sep 12: “THE National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples has welcomed a parliamentary report which
acknowledges the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander languages in improving outcomes in the Closing the
Gap framework. Congress co-chair Jody Broun Congress would
continue to advocate for the ‘essential national
coordination required to support the many regional
languages that had worked tirelessly’ for more than 25
years.”

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:

http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
20 Sep 12: “The chair of a Parliamentary Inquiry into
Aboriginal languages has called on all Australian’s to be
proud of their Indigenous languages and help recognise
their importance in helping to close the massive gap in
health and disadvantage.”

* ANTaR BACKS CALL FOR URGENT ACTION ON LANGUAGES:

– Media Release

ANTaR
– Justice, Rights and Respect for Australia’s First Peoples:
ANTaR backs call for urgent action on languages
http://www.antar.org.au/antar_backs_call_for_urgent_action_on_languages
“ANTaR has today welcomed the release of a Parliamentary
Report recommending urgent national action to preserve,
maintain and revitalise Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander languages.
“Today’s Parliamentary report recognises the perilous state
of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and the
urgent need for action. With many Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander languages critically endangered, we must
act now before it is too late,” said Jacqueline Phillips,
National Director. …
“ANTaR calls on all major parties to accept the
recommendations contained in today’s report to ensure the
future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.”
ANTaR strongly supports the Committee’s call for bilingual
education in communities where Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander languages are the first languages spoken.
… ”

See:

WGAR News: ‘Our Land Our Languages’:
Report on language learning in Indigenous communities (18 Sep 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/18/wgar-news-our-land-our-languages-report-on-language-learning-in-indigenous-communities

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
ANTAR backs call to save Indigenous languages
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7547-antar-backs-call-to-save-indigenous-languages-
18 Sep 12: “The National Director for Australians for
Native Title and Reconciliation says Indigenous languages
are critically endangered. ANTAR backs a parliamentary
report released earlier this week stating the importance of
preserving, maintaining and revitalizing Indigenous
languages. Jacqueline Phillips says Australia has some of
the oldest surviving languages in the world which are
disappearing faster than any other Indigenous languages
globally.”

Koori Mail: ANTaR calls for action on languages
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
18 Sep 12: “A PARLIAMENTARY report into Indigenous
languages recognises the perilous state of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander languages and the urgent need for
action, according to Australians for Native Title and
Reconciliation national director Jacqueline Phillips. ANTaR
called on all major parties to accept the recommendations
in the report.”

* VICKI KERRIGAN: PARLEZ VOUS YOLNGU?

– Analysis / Opinion

ABC The Drum: Parlez vous Yolngu?
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-09-19/kerriganlanguage/4267938
19 Sep 12: “We must extinguish the idea of Australia as a
monolingual place and there’s no better place to start than
in the classroom. ABC 105.7 Drive presenter Vicki Kerrigan
on why all Australians should learn Aboriginal languages.
… Language is not just about being able to communicate
with the shopkeeper; it is also the key to culture, social
structures, attitudes to money, connection to country and
the weather. Language is the key which can be used to
unlock differences. And then together we can sort it out.”
By ABC’s Vicki Kerrigan.
Vicki is the Drive presenter for ABC Local Radio Darwin.

– Related News

ABC: School sees pitfalls in Indigenous language studies
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-09-18/school-sees-pitfalls-in-indigenous-language-studies/4267540?section=qld
18 Sep 12: “The principal of Cherbourg State School,
south-west of Bundaberg in southern Queensland, says it
will be difficult to teach Indigenous languages in some
schools. A new report is calling on the Federal Government
to introduce Indigenous language education into schools
with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Principal Peter Sansby says it is a good initiative but it
may not be practical in some schools with a diverse range
of students.”

* EMMA MURPHY:
REPORT:
BILINGUAL EDUCATION IN ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES IS CRUCIAL

– Analysis / Opinion

Green Left:
Report:
Bilingual education in Aboriginal communities is crucial
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/52287
20 Sep 12: “The report unashamedly puts language front and
centre not just to Aboriginal identity but also health and
wellbeing. For example, it says Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islanders who speak an Indigenous language enjoy
“markedly” better health and are more likely to be
employed, attend school and receive a post-school
qualification than those who don’t. … The recommendations
in Our Land Our Language have been welcomed by bilingual
education advocates. They are implicitly very critical of
current approaches – especially in the Northern Territory,
where bilingual education was dramatically scaled back four
years ago by the then Labor government.” By Emma Murphy

– Related Audio

ABC Brisbane: Bilingual education for Indigenous Australians
By Lachlan Mackintosh
http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2012/09/bilingual-education-for-indigenous-australians.html
19 Sep 12: “There’s a lot to a language, it’s more than
just a tool for communication, it’s a social identity. So
when a language disappears, how does it affect the culture
attached to it? The ‘Our Land, Our Languages’ report was
released this week, it looked at the role of Indigenous
languages in Australia and how they could help strengthen
the Aboriginal identify and culture.
Dr Felicity Meakins, a Research Fellow in Linguistics at
the University of Queensland, joined the program to talk
about the topic.”

* CLAIRE BOWERN:
OUR LAND, OUR LANGUAGES AND PRESERVING OUR HERITAGE

– Analysis / Opinion

Fully (sic) – Crikey’s language blog:
Our Land, Our Languages and Preserving Our Heritage
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/fullysic/2012/09/21/our-land-our-languages-and-preserving-our-heritage/
21 Sep 12: “We’re all in a tizz at Fully [sic] over the
new report Our Land, Our Languages. We’re usually pretty
mellow when it comes to government releases but this one is
worth taking up some pixel space over. It’s pretty rare
that Indigenous languages (IL) get a day in the sun in such
a spectacular way. … That’s why this report is so important:
it … provides 30 recommendations for how to go about it.
The recommendations cover a very broad range of activities,
from language documentation to education, implications for
health, interpreting programs, and increasing national
recognition for Australia’s linguistic diversity.”
By Claire Bowern,
Associate Professor of Linguistics, Yale University

* BACKGROUND TO THE USE OF ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES IN NT SCHOOLS:

Last updated: 23 September 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-use-of-aboriginal-languages-in-nt-schools-bilingual-education

* WANFA: TRADITIONAL OWNERS DEMAND CONSULTATION

– Statement

Western Australia:
WA Nuclear Free Alliance Conference Statement
– Traditional Owners Demand Consultation
Indigenous Peoples: http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=16267:western-australia-wa-nuclear-free-alliance-conference-statement-traditional-owners-demand-consultation&catid=24&Itemid=57
20 Sep 12: “The Western Australian Nuclear Free Alliance
(WANFA), made up of Aboriginal Traditional Land Owners who
are concerned about uranium mining on their country, from
the Pilbara, the Kimberley, the Goldfields, the Great
Victorian Desert, the Central Desert, the Gascoyne, Perth
and the South West and their allies. WANFA met from
15th-16th of September at Kutunatu Ngurra camp just outside
of Leonora. …
The West Australian Nuclear Free Alliance supports
Aboriginal Sovereignty across all Aboriginal territories
in Western Australia. WANFA demands that the Government
and Industry respect the basic Human Rights of Aboriginal
peoples and adhere to the Declaration on the Rights of
Indigenous Peoples, respecting our right to
self-determination and engaging with Aboriginal peoples
within the framework of the principle of Free, Prior and
Informed consent. … ”

* LIVING BLACK: THE FIRST HANDOUT OF ABORIGINAL PASSPORTS

– Audio

Living Black: The First Handout of Aboriginal Passports
By Michelle Lovegrove
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/233887/t/The-First-Handout-of-Aboriginal-Passports/in/english
21 Sep 12: “Non-Indigenous Australians officially receive
Aboriginal Passports. … Hundreds of people gathered in
Redfern for the first official handout of new Aboriginal
Passports to non-Indigneous Australians. Passport
applicants signed a Pledge Of Sovereignty, recognising
that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people never
gave up their lands, or relinquished their autonomy. Two
of the better-known recipients were John Shipton, father
of Julian Assange and former Guantanamo Bay detainee
Mamdouh Habib. … Mamdouh Habib spoke strongly on the
implications of holding an Aboriginal Lands Passport at
the handout ceremony.”

* LIVING BLACK: NEW LAWS TO AFFECT TRADITIONAL HUNTING METHODS

– Audio

Living Black: New Laws to Affect Traditional Hunting Methods
By Marc Tong
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/233891/t/New-Laws-to-Affect-Traditional-Hunting-Methods/in/english
21 Sep 12: “Traditional hunters in Queensland now no longer
exempt from new animal cruelty laws. … The Queensland
government has passed amendments to its animal cruelty laws
to include traditional turtle and dugong hunters. It was an
election promise but one that the state is only now
discussing with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and
animal welfare groups. Seen as a threat to native title
rights, there has been a severe backlash from Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander communities and talk of a High
Court challenge.”

* THE WIRE: TRADITIONAL OWNERS KNOW BEST

– Audio Interview

The Wire: Traditional Owners Know Best
Produced by Emilie Gramenz
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9635
21 Sep 12: “Leah Talbot, from the Australian Conservation
Foundation, says Indigenous communities should be more
involved with national conservation. Their close
relationship to the land and knowledge would benefit
Australia’s conservation movement, she says. We spoke to
Leah about this issue.
Featured in story: Leah Talbot, ACF”

120923 – “Shires out, stop the Intervention – community control now!” Kalkaringi, Daguragu & Lajamanu

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 23/09/2012 by D

Contents:
* Kalkaringi, Daguragu and Lajamanu residents and
traditional owners:
Shires out, stop the Intervention – community control now!
* ABC: Sydney work bans on welfare quarantine scheme
* Bob Gosford:
Was the 2012 Northern Territory election the dirtiest ever?
* Brian Johnstone: ALP alleges vote rorts in August poll
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

* KALKARINGI, DAGURAGU AND LAJAMANU
RESIDENTS AND TRADITIONAL OWNERS:
SHIRES OUT, STOP THE INTERVENTION – COMMUNITY CONTROL NOW!

– Statement

Statement from community meeting of Kalkaringi, Daguragu
and Lajamanu residents and traditional owners
Shires out, stop the Intervention – community control now!
Rollback the Intervention: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/kalkaringi-statement-17-9-2012.pdf
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/387
17 Sep 12: “People from communities of Kalkaringi, Lajamanu
and Daguragu are today demanding that the Victoria Daly
Shire and Central Desert Shire leave our communities
immediately. We also want the Government Business Manager
from the Intervention to leave our land now. They have no
legal right to be here and are unwanted.
We want our community council to come back. We can run our
own affairs and are sick of being bossed around by
government and outsiders. Our communities have had so much
damage done to them since 2007.
We will not be signing any more leases – this is Aboriginal
land that we fought hard for and we must be in control. We
also need our permit system back so we can control who
comes into our land. Aboriginal law must be respected. This
land was given to the Gurindji people in 1975 with the
words, “in perpetuity” – forever. But this has been taken
away.
All the jobs we used to have before the Intervention cut
CDEP must come back. Since the Intervention and Shire there
are hardly any jobs for anyone and people aren’t getting
looked after properly. … ”

– Related News

Koori Mail: NT communities want control back
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
18 Sep 12: “ABORIGINAL people from the Kalkaringi, Lajamanu
and Daguragu communities in the Northern Territory have
called on government business managers to leave their
communities, as well as representatives from Victoria Daly
Shire and Central Desert Shire. They say they will not sign
any leases over their lands and want their community
councils reinstated and the permit system reintroduced.”

ABC: More communities refuse to sign leases
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-09-18/more-communities-refuse-to-sign-leases/4267584?section=nt
18 Sep 12: “First Nations Political Party founder Maurie
Japarta Ryan says three more Northern Territory communities
are refusing to sign new federal leases over their land.
Two communities have already refused the leases, designed
by the Federal Government to replace the five-year
compulsory leases introduced under the Northern Territory
intervention. Mr Ryan says residents in Kalkaringi,
Lajamanu and Daguragu want Shire workers to leave
immediately.”

Koori Mail: Ampilatwatja says no
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
19 Sep 12: “TRADITIONAL owners at Ampilatwatja in the
Northern Territory have spurned overtures from the Federal
Government, saying they’re not interested in an offer of
$3.7 million in refurbishments – but no new houses – in
exchange for a 40-year lease over community housing.
They’ve told the Government to pull its government business
manager (GBM) out of the community and either hand over or
remove related assets. Spokesman Richard Downs said on
Saturday that his Alyawarr people were sick of Federal
promises and inadequate consultation. “It’s a one-way
street. They (Federal Labor) are not consulting or
listening to us,” Mr Downs told the Koori Mail.”

* ABC: SYDNEY WORK BANS ON WELFARE QUARANTINE SCHEME

– News

ABC: Sydney work bans on welfare quarantine scheme
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-09-19/sydney-work-bans-on-welfare-quarantine-scheme/4269472?section=nsw
19 Sep 12: “Child protection workers in the Bankstown area
of Sydney’s south west are refusing to co-operate with the
Federal Government’s controversial welfare quarantining
measures. Bankstown is one of five sites across the country
where the Federal Government is trialing a variation of the
Northern Territory intervention by quarantining the income
of some families to ensure the money is spent on basics.
But child protection workers in Bankstown have imposed
union bans on the scheme and have refused to refer any
potential candidates to Centrelink.”

– Related Statement

Solidarity Needed for Union action against Income Management
Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-the-Intervention-Collective-Sydney/106800130140
Sydney Wobblies: http://www.facebook.com/iwwsydney

10 Sep 12: “Public Service Association (PSA) members in
Western Sydney at the Bankstown, Lakemba and Fairfield
Community Services Centres (formerly known as DoCS offices)
are implementing union bans on participating in income
management and any activities relating to its
implementation. Income management is part of the Northern
Territory Intervention which is now being rolled out to 5
trial sites across Australia. It is widely viewed as
discriminatory and paternalistic. The campaign against
income management in Bankstown has been lead by the
Bankstown Say No Government Income Management Campaign
Coalition and supported by the Stop the Intervention
Collective and over 65 local organisations, unions and
faith groups, and by the NSW ALP.”

* BOB GOSFORD:
WAS THE 2012 NORTHERN TERRITORY ELECTION THE DIRTIEST EVER?

– Analysis / Opinion

Crikey – The Northern Myth – Bob Gosford in the NT:
Was the 2012 Northern Territory election the dirtiest ever?
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/northern/2012/09/17/was-the-2012-northern-territory-election-the-dirtiest-ever/
17 Sep 12: “There is now a very real question as to
whether the Northern Territory general election on 25
August 2012 – and in the bush mobile polling booths in the
fortnight prior – was the dirtiest election we’ve seen in
the NT’s short self-governing history. As I wrote about
past elections here the day before this years poll: Both
sides of politics have played that ugly game, but the
Country Liberals played it better than Labor.”
By Bob Gosford.
About Bob Gosford: “After three years of living in the
small township of Yuendumu I live 300 kilometres away in
suburban Alice Springs – for now at least.”

– Related Analysis / Opinion

Solidarity: Country Liberals cynically tap anger at
Intervention to topple Labor in the NT
http://www.solidarity.net.au/49/country-liberals-cynically-tap-anger-at-intervention-to-topple-labor-in-the-nt/
September 2012: “The Country Liberals (CLP) have swept to
power in the Northern Territory elections, … The CLP ran
a cynical, yet devastatingly effective campaign in bush
electorates. Their election platform here had two
components, both central demands of the campaign against
the NT Intervention. First, the break-up of the hated Super
Shire councils, which the Henderson Labor government
introduced in 2008. … Second, an end to the “Working
Futures” policy which has seen investment focussed on 20
“growth towns”, at the expense of the hundreds of smaller
communities and outstations on Aboriginal land.”
By Paddy Gibson

See:

WGAR News: Aboriginal issues and the Northern Territory
(NT) Elections (5 Sep 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/05/wgar-news-aboriginal-issues-and-the-northern-territory-nt-elections

* BRIAN JOHNSTONE: ALP ALLEGES VOTE RORTS IN AUGUST POLL

– News

newsTracker: ALP alleges vote rorts in August poll
http://tracker.org.au/2012/09/alp-alleges-vote-rorts-in-august-poll/
19 Sep 12: “NORTHERN TERRITORY: The Australian Labor Party
is calling for a full independent Judicial Inquiry into
allegations that NT Electoral Commission officials were
instructing people to vote for its Country Liberal
opponents in at least two remote polling booths at the
August 25 election which saw the Henderson Government lose
power. NT Opposition Leader Delia Lawrie says the party has
obtained 10 signed Statutory Declarations which allege a
named NT Electoral Commission official was instructing
people to vote for the CLP inside a polling booth at
Wadeye, the Territory’s largest Aboriginal community. … ”
By Brian Johnstone,
a Walkley and Human Rights award winning journalist

See:

WGAR News: Aboriginal issues and the Northern Territory
(NT) Elections (5 Sep 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/05/wgar-news-aboriginal-issues-and-the-northern-territory-nt-elections

* BACKGROUND TO ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ NEW NT INTERVENTION LAWS:

Last updated: 7 September 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-laws

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Last updated: 1 August 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention

– – –

120922 – “With constitutional change deferred, it’s time to negotiate a treaty”

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 23/09/2012 by D

Contents:
* “With constitutional change deferred,
it’s time to negotiate a treaty”
* Sovereign Union: Vote “NO” To Constitutional Reform
* Greens won’t allow Constitutional Recognition to be
pushed off the agenda
* Congress: Leaders must work towards full recognition
* ANTaR: Another step forward but keep end goal in sight
* Oxfam Australia:
Act of Recognition a welcome step towards referendum
* Moree Champion: Tent embassy burns down
* Courier Mail: State backflip on Murri multicultural
centre funding angers community
* New monthly publication from
Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy
* Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies
* ANTaR Queensland: Impact of Budget Cuts Revealed
* Other Articles

* “WITH CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE DEFERRED,
IT’S TIME TO NEGOTIATE A TREATY”

– Media Release

With constitutional change deferred,
it’s time to negotiate a treaty
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/constitutional-change-deferred-its-time-negotiate-treaty
Treaty Republic: http://treatyrepublic.net/content/constitutional-change-deferred-its-time-negotiate-treaty
21 Sep 12: “Having deferred a constitutional change, the
federal Labor government and the Liberal coalition
opposition must now take this opportunity to focus on the
real issues and not band-aid programs and objectives that
serve to soothe rather than deal with the hard matters that
Australia has to face up to. The continuing sovereignty of
the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island nations and peoples
must now be the blueprint for change. Constitutional reform
to merely have our people referred to as the first peoples
of this land is without any spirit or purpose, just an
appeasement and a conscious numbing exercise. …
Aboriginal people across this country are now making their
stand. We are a sovereign people and the invaders’
leadership and their negative Aboriginal collaborators must
now face the truth and back our calls for a treaty to be
negotiated.”

* SOVEREIGN UNION: VOTE “NO” TO CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM

– Fact sheets

Sovereign Union
– First Nations Interim National Unity Government:
Australian Constitutional Reform Fact Sheets x 2
Vote “NO” To Constitutional Reform
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/390
“Don’t be fooled by glossy marketing Campaigns that pretend
all of a sudden we will have unity. These proposed changes
are breaches of Human Rights to fool us into thinking that
Constitutional Reform Benefits our people. It does not it
is a complete insult to not give us a ‘Treaty’. Saying ‘Yes’
to Constitutional Reform removes our rights to a ‘Treaty’.
Say ‘No’ To Constitutional Change.”

* GREENS WON’T ALLOW CONSTITUTIONAL RECOGNITION TO BE
PUSHED OFF THE AGENDA:

– Media Release

Rachel Siewert/ Christine Milne: Greens won’t allow
Constitutional Recognition to be pushed off the agenda
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/greens-won%E2%80%99t-allow-constitutional-recognition-be-pushed-agenda
20 Sep 12: “The Australian Greens remain committed to a
referendum on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and
Torres Islander peoples, viewing proposed legislation as a
stepping stone to a successful vote.
“We accept this decision but are very disappointed that the
timeframe for a referendum on Constitutional Recognition of
Aboriginal and Torres Islander peoples, as established in
our agreement with the Government, cannot be met,”
Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
“It is in no one’s interest to see this referendum fail-
a fact we have been very considerate of it in acknowledging
the need for an extension of time before a vote is held.
“The proposed legislation will allow for parliamentary
debate and continued discussion and engagement with the
community.
“We will not allow this issue to be pushed off the agenda
and will continue working hard to develop the community
discussion on Constitutional Recognition. I call on all
MPs to do the same,” Senator Siewert said. … ”

– Related News

Koori Mail: Govt proposes Act of Recognition
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
20 Sep 12: “THE Federal Government will ask Parliament to
pass an Act of Recognition ‘acknowledging the unique and
special place of our first people’s’ in an effort to build
community awareness prior to a referendum to change the
constitution to recognise Indigenous people. Federal
Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin said the
Government recognised that there was not yet enough
community awareness or support for change to hold a
successful referendum at or before the next federal
election. “To ensure that we continue to build momentum for
constitutional change, the Government expects to introduce
the Act of Recognition to Parliament before the end of the
year,” she said.”

* CONGRESS: LEADERS MUST WORK TOWARDS FULL RECOGNITION

– Statement

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Leaders must work towards full recognition
http://nationalcongress.com.au/leaders-must-work-towards-full-recognition/
20 Sep 12: “Statement in relation to the government’s
decision to propose an Act of Recognition as a step towards
holding a successful referendum to change the constitution
to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
Congress Co-Chair Jody Broun today called for a commitment
to the Expert Panel’s five major recommendations and on the
timing for the referendum.
“Congress agrees that any referendum can only be held when
it meets the expectations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander peoples and has the best chance of success,” she
said.
“However both major parties must make serious commitments
to the Expert Panel’s five major recommendations and to
the timing for the referendum.
“Congress also calls for leadership and support from the
Greens and Independents to achieve this reform. … ” she
said.”

* ANTaR: ANOTHER STEP FORWARD BUT KEEP END GOAL IN SIGHT

– Media Release

ANTaR
– Justice, Rights and Respect for Australia’s First Peoples:
Another step forward but keep end goal in sight
http://www.antar.org.au/another_step_forward_but_keep_end_goal_in_sight
20 Sep 12: “ANTaR welcomes today’s commitment to passage of
an Act of Recognition as a step on the road to
Constitutional Recognition of Australia’s First Peoples,
but insists that the end goal must remain firmly in sight.
“Today’s announcement provides some welcome clarity around
the timing of the referendum and an opportunity for all
parties to re-affirm their commitment to Constitutional
Recognition of Australia’s First Peoples through passage of
an Act of Recognition,” said Jacqueline Phillips, National
Director.
“The Act of Recognition must be seen as the next step on the
road to Referendum, with a clear focus on the end goal.” …
“We await further detail about the proposed Act of
Recognition, but hope that it reflects all elements of the
Expert Panel’s package, including the inclusion of a
prohibition on racial discrimination. The fundamental
principle of racial equality should be clearly reflected in
our nation’s highest law.” … ”

* OXFAM AUSTRALIA:
ACT OF RECOGNITION A WELCOME STEP TOWARDS REFERENDUM

– Media Release

Oxfam Australia:
Act of Recognition a welcome step towards referendum
https://www.oxfam.org.au/media/2012/09/act-of-recognition-a-welcome-step-towards-referendum/
20 Sep 12: “The Government’s announcement to introduce an
Act of Recognition bill into Parliament to recognise
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a welcome
step on the path towards a referendum to change our
Constitution, Oxfam Australia said today.
Oxfam Australia’s Indigenous Rights Policy Advisor Andrew
Meehan said it was an important move to ensure the
multiparty commitment to hold a referendum to recognise
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our
nation’s Constitution was maintained and strengthened.
“A referendum won’t succeed unless this political support
is maintained,” Mr Meehan said. “Holding a referendum at
the next election runs the risk of testing that cross-party
commitment at a time when there is still work to do to
educate the Australian public about this issue.” … ”

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Oxfam welcomes bid for Constitutional Recognition
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7549-oxfam-welcomes-bid-for-constitutional-recognition
21 Sep 12: “Human rights organisation Oxfam Australia has
welcomed the Federal Government’s bid to pass an Act of
Recognition of Australia’s first people. Oxfam Australia’s
Indigenous Rights Policy Advisor Andrew Meehan says, the
change is long overdue and would eliminate out-dated
discriminatory provisions and racial discrimination. Mr
Meehan says, the Expert Panel’s report suggests more public
support is needed to introduce the act and the Government
should wait for the right timing.”

* MOREE CHAMPION: TENT EMBASSY BURNS DOWN

– News

Moree Champion: Tent embassy burns down
http://www.moreechampion.com.au/story/342451/tent-embassy-burns-down/
18 Sep 12: “THE Moree Tent Embassy burnt down on Saturday.
Police are appealing for information on the fire, which
they believe to have been deliberately lit. Emergency
services were called to the blaze near the skate park off
Balo Street about 5.45pm on Saturday. NSW Fire Brigade
attended the scene. They worked to contain the fire but the
tent structures were completely destroyed. No-one was
injured.”

* COURIER MAIL:
STATE BACKFLIP ON MURRI MULTICULTURAL CENTRE FUNDING
ANGERS COMMUNITY

– News

Courier Mail: State backflip on Murri multicultural centre
funding angers community
http://www.couriermail.com.au/questnews/central/state-backflip-on-murri-multicultural-centre-funding-angers-community/story-fn8m0qb4-1226476764669
19 Sep 12: “Almost $4million in state funding for a
Musgrave Park Cultural Centre was pulled in last week’s
Budget, angering South Brisbane’s indigenous community. The
Government allocated $5million in 1999-2000 to build the
centre but reclaimed the money after “12 years of
negotiation with no resolution despite the efforts of all
parties”. … Political activist and community worker Sam
Watson was furious at the backflip and would plan a
“sustained program of protest action”.”

* NEW MONTHLY PUBLICATION FROM
BRISBANE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGN EMBASSY:

Indigenous Voices: New Publication!! Brisbane Blacks Monthly!
http://blogs.slq.qld.gov.au/indigenous-voices/2012/09/19/new-publication-brisbane-blacks-monthly/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-publication-brisbane-blacks-monthly
19 Sep 12: “The new monthly publication from Brisbane
Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy was launched on Friday 7th
September at the Embassy in Musgrave Park. … The Monthly
publication celebrates the voice of the Brisbane
Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy – informing first nations
people & educating the non-indigenous community about the
fight for sovereignty & other issues facing indigenous
people. The magazine is a wonderful collection of stories,
personal profiles, images and so much information for both
Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSIES:

Last updated: 15 September 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies

* ANTaR QUEENSLAND: IMPACT OF BUDGET CUTS REVEALED

– Analysis / Opinion

ANTaR Queensland: AQ Update Impact of Budget Cuts Revealed
http://www.antarqld.org.au/node/199
“It is with great sadness that I can confirm that the 17
Queensland Murri Courts, the only culturally designed court
option for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Queenslanders, have indeed lost funding. As have the
Special Circumstances and Qld Drug Courts. In the words of
Rosemary Connors, Director of Children of the Dreaming and
winners of last year’s ANTaR Qld Close the Gap Award “It’s
pretty much devastating losing the Murri Courts. The cost
to run the Murri Court bail program is a quarter of the
cost of sending an offender to prison.”

– Related News

Koori Mail: Outrage as Murri Court goes
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
19 Sep 12: “MEMBERS of Queensland’s Murri Court have been
outraged by the Queensland Government decision to axe it.
The Newman Government cut funding for the Murri, Special
Circumstances and Drug courts in this month’s Budget in a
bid to save $35.7 million over four years. Justice Minister
Jarrod Bleijie said the decision was necessary to return
Queensland to a stronger financial position, and because
evidence suggested it was not working effectively . But
Townsville Murri Court members Emmanuel Ross and Albert
Abdul Rahman, and others have been angered and appalled by
the move. They say the loss of the Murri Court,
established in 2002 as Queensland’s first sentencing court
for Indigenous offenders, will be a blow to Indigenous
offenders’ rehabilitation and reconciliation.”

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:

http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
21 Sep 12: “* A Sydney based human rights lawyer acting for
the family of an Aboriginal man who died while in
protective custody in the Alice Springs Police watch house
earlier this year….. has called for charges to be laid
against the police.
* Veteran Tasmanian Aboriginal rights campaigner Heather
Sculthorpe has added her voice to calls for the the police
who manhandled Kwenetyaye Briscoe to be held responsible
for their actions.
* The First Nations political Party has rejected claims
that the majority of Aboriginal people who voted in the
recent Northern Territory election …had voted in favor of
the Howard coalition governments Intervention.”

– – –

120921 – “Coronial report highlights systemic flaws” ANTaR & National Police Accountability Network

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 23/09/2012 by D

Contents:
* ANTaR & National Police Accountability Network:
Coronial report highlights systemic flaws
* CAAMA: “Death in custody of Kwementyaye Briscoe”
* “Community members call for the resignation of
Constable Gareth Evans”
* “Lay charges for Briscoe death”
* ABC 7.30 Video:
Coroner delivers scathing report on death in custody
* SMH Editorial: Death in custody damns our indifference
* A Personal Response: Rest in Peace Kwementyaye Briscoe
* Living Black: Young People Walk For Country

* ANTaR & NATIONAL POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY NETWORK:
CORONIAL REPORT HIGHLIGHTS SYSTEMIC FLAWS

– Media Release

Joint Media Release: Coronial report highlights systemic flaws
ANTaR: http://www.antar.org.au/joint_media_release_coronial_report_highlights_systemic_flaws
“Responding to the release of the coronial report into the
death of Kwementyaye Briscoe, ANTaR and the National Police
Accountability Network highlight the need for major changes
to prevent future deaths in custody.
“The coronial report highlights the fact that, 20 years
after the Royal Commission’s report, its key
recommendation that arrest should be a measure of last
resort is still being ignored. Too many people are being
taken into protective custody too often, with tragic
consequences.”
“Far from providing protection, Kwementyaye Briscoe died
in custody hours after his arrest after “multiple failings”
by police, who showed extraordinary neglect and
callousness towards a very sick and vulnerable man,”
said Jacqueline Phillips.
The Coroner found the number of Aboriginal people taken
into protective custody in the NT to be a “national
shame”. At 235,000 people in the last five years, the
number exceeds the NT population. … ”

* CAAMA: “DEATH IN CUSTODY OF KWEMENTYAYE BRISCOE”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:

http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
20 Sep 12: “Growing condemnation of a culture within the
Northern Territory Police which has allowed aggressive
behaviour displayed by some officers against Aboriginal
people to go virtually unchecked sometimes with disastrous
consequences.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
19 Sep 12: “* Australian Lawyers for Human rights have
called on the Commonwealth state and Territory governments
to put structures in place which would allow independent
investigators monitor protocols where people are being
detained to stop any future deaths in custody.
* Alice Springs community members have also voiced their
concerns following the death in custody of Kwementyaye
Briscoe in the Alice springs police watch house.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:

http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
18 Sep 12: “* Emotional and angry scenes outside the Alice
Springs Courthouse on Monday when the Northernt Territory
Coroner announced that the death of an Aboriginal man in
custody was due to a catalogue of errors by police and
could have been prevented.
* Coroner Greg Cavanagh said police errors were “extensive
and that the care, supervision and treatment of the
deceased while being held in custody was completely
inadequate and unsatisfactory and not sufficient to meet
his medical needs.””

– Related Audio

The Wire: Stopping Aboriginal deaths in custody
Produced by Wade Stephens
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9626
19 Sep 12: “This month marks 25 years since the
announcement of a Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths
in Custody; their 1991 report becoming all the more
prevelant this week now that a Coroner’s report on the
death of Kwementyaye Briscoe was released. The 29 year old
is the latest Aboriginal man to die in custody, after
losing his life to a combination of asphyxiation,
drunkenness and police error in January this year. But do
the unutilized recommendations in the 1991 report stand the
test of time?
Featured in story:
Ralph Bonig – President of the SA Law Society”

* “COMMUNITY MEMBERS CALL FOR THE
RESIGNATION OF CONSTABLE GARETH EVANS”:

– Media Release

Community members call for the resignation of
Constable Gareth Evans
Rollback the Intervention: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/mr-briscoe-17-9-2012.pdf
17 Sep 12: “The coroner released his findings into the
death in custody of … [Kwementyaye] Briscoe today,
stating that “I find that the care, supervision and
treatment of the deceased while being held in custody by
the NT Police was completely inadequate and unsatisfactory
and not sufficient to meet his medical needs. This lack of
care resulted in his death, that is to say, his death was
preventable, and it should not have occurred.”
However community members believe that the recommendations
of this inquiry are inadequate, and are calling for
Constable Evans’ resignation. … ”

– Related News

newsTracker: NT govt defends top cop over custody death
http://tracker.org.au/2012/09/nt-govt-defends-top-cop-over-custody-death/
19 Sep 12: “NORTHERN TERRITORY: The Northern Territory
government has ruled out sacking its top cop after damning
findings over police treatment of a man who died in
custody. … The North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency
(NAAJA) called on Mr McRoberts to fully implement the
coroner’s recommendations. “Acting on these recommendations
to address systemic problems is essential if there is to be
lasting change to police culture and a restoration of
public confidence in our police,” said Jonathon Hunyor,
the agency’s principal legal officer.”

Koori Mail: NAAJA: Police must be transparent
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
19 Sep 12: “NT Police should report publicly every six
months on their progress in implementing coronial
recommendations made in relation to an Alice Springs death
in custody, the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency
(NAAJA) says. Coroner Greg Cavanagh found on Monday that
Kwementyaye Briscoe’s death in January – most likely from a
combination of being very drunk, positional asphyxia and
aspiration – was preventable and followed an extensive
‘catalogue’ of police errors. Mr Briscoe, who had committed
no crime, was found dead in a cell five hours after police
took him into custody for drunkenness. … NAAJA Principal
Legal Officer Jonathon Hunyor says a restoration of public
confidence in the NT police rests on openness.”

Koori Mail: Mills to act on Briscoe inquiry
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
18 Sep 12: “NORTHERN Territory chief minister Terry Mills
has promised to work with police to bring about a ‘cultural
change’ in the way prisoners are dealt with while in police
custody. Mr Mills was commenting following the coronial
inquiry into the death in custody of Kwementyaye Briscoe in
the Alice Springs watch house last year. He said the
government accepted the findings regarding the need for a
nursing presence and improved medical rooms in Territory
watch houses, and would work to improve protocols between
the watch house and the hospital.”

* “LAY CHARGES FOR BRISCOE DEATH”:

– Media Release

Lay charges for Briscoe death
Rollback the Intervention: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/2012/09/20/lay-charges-for-briscoe-death/
20 Sep 12: “Prominent human rights lawyer George Newhouse
is calling for charges to be laid against NT police for the
death of Kwenentyaye Briscoe in an Alice Springs watch
house.
In his findings delivered on Monday, NT Coroner Greg
Cavenagh found that police negligence was responsible for
Mr Briscoe’s death, but did not recommend charges.
Mr Newhouse is acting for the Briscoe family in the
aftermath of the coronial inquest. He says that charges are
essential, both for ensuring basic justice and to send a
message that this conduct is unacceptable and will be
punished.
He has briefed a QC in Sydney on the case, seeking an
opinion on appropriate criminal charges and potential
civil action. … ”

* ABC 7.30 VIDEO:
CORONER DELIVERS SCATHING REPORT ON DEATH IN CUSTODY

– Video

ABC 7.30:
Coroner delivers scathing report on death in custody
http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2012/s3592099.htm
17 Sep 12: “An Aboriginal man who died in custody in Alice
Springs earlier this year was the victim of police errors
and mismanagement according to the coroner, who also
labelled Central Australia’s alcohol abuse as a national
disgrace. … The Northern Territory Coroner has handed
down a damning report on the death of an Aboriginal man in
custody in Alice Springs this year.”

* SMH EDITORIAL: DEATH IN CUSTODY DAMNS OUR INDIFFERENCE

– Analysis / Opinion

SMH: Death in custody damns our indifference
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/editorial/death-in-custody-damns-our-indifference-20120918-264wd.html
19 Sep 12: “The Northern Territory coroner rightly condemns
the failure to end this tragedy. … THE findings of
Northern Territory Coroner Greg Cavanagh into the death
earlier this year of 27-year-old Kwementyaye Briscoe are a
devastating indictment on us all. While Mr Cavanagh rightly
castigates police for a litany of abject failures that led
to Mr Briscoe’s death, a death he says “should never have
happened”, it is our whole community that needs to take
notice. Australia has failed, and continues to fail, to
look after some of the most vulnerable among us.”

* A PERSONAL RESPONSE: REST IN PEACE KWEMENTYAYE BRISCOE

– A Personal Resonse

Fieldnotes & Footnotes: Rest in Peace Kwementyaye Briscoe
http://fieldnotesandfootnotes.wordpress.com/2012/09/20/rest-in-peace-kwementyaye-briscoe/
20 Sep 12: “This is an especially long post. It details the
circumstances surrounding, and leading up to the death in
custody of Kwementyaye Briscoe. Kwementyaye Daniel Briscoe
was only 27 years of age when he died on 4 January 2012,
alone in a cell in the Alice Springs Watch House. At the
time of his death, Kwementyaye was being detained in the
Alice Springs Watch House. He had committed no crime. I
have chosen to reproduce large sections of the Coroner’s
report in the text that follows, because I think much of
the detail speaks for itself. … ”

* LIVING BLACK: YOUNG PEOPLE WALK FOR COUNTRY

– Audio Interview

Living Black: Young People Walk For Country
By Michelle Lovegrove
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/232869/t/Young-People-Walk-For-Country/in/english
14 Sep 12: “The pride of The Walkatjurra Junior Rangers,
and the people who love them. … The Walkatjurra Walkabout
has arrived in Leonora, after a 270 kilometre trek across
Wangkatja country. They’ve been led by elders and the
Walkatjurra Rangers, who are a group of people committed to
sustainable living through actively managing culture,
heritage and natural resources. One of its members is
Vicky Abdullah who says her 17-year-old son Nathan and
large groups of young Aboriginal and non-indigenous people,
have kept the walk positive with their energy and ideas.
She’s speaking with Michelle Lovegrove.”

See:

Living Black: Walkatjurra Walkabout
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/232867/t/Walkatjurra-Walkabout/in/english

Living Black: Walkatjurra Walkabout In Leonora!
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/232865/t/Walkatjurra-Walkabout-In-Leonora/in/english

– Past Event

Event: 20 August to 14 September 2012: Yeelirrie-Leonora, WA
Walkatjurra Walkabout – Walking for Country
A one month walk from Yeelirrie to Leonora
” … is a celebration of Wangkatja country, a testament to
the strength of the community who have fought to stop
uranium mining at Yeelirrie for over forty years, and a
chance to come together to continue share our commitment to
a sustainable future without nuclear. It is a chance to
reconnect with the land, and to revive the tradition of
walking for country.”
“This walk will be lead by the Walkatjurra Rangers,
in partnership with Footprints for Peace,
Western Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (WANFA),
the Anti Nuclear Alliance of Western Australia (ANAWA)
and the Conservation Council of Western Australia (CCWA).”
Event details: http://walkingforcountry.com/
Event details: http://www.nuclearfreefuture.com/
Event details: http://nffcampaign2011.footprintsforpeace.net/?p=69
News: http://www.nit.com.au/news/1703-walkatjurra-walkabout-a-journey-to-stop-uranium-mining-of-our-land.html

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120918 – ‘Our Land Our Languages’: Report on language learning in Indigenous communities

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 23/09/2012 by D

Contents:
* ‘Our Land Our Languages’:
Report on inquiry into
language learning in Indigenous communities
* Greg Dickson:
Parliament reports on indigenous tongues: can they be saved?
* Aidan Wilson:
First language education is a matter of common sense
* Charis Palmer:
Action needed to help preserve Indigenous languages
* Claire Bowern:
The chance of a lifetime to save Indigenous languages
* More on the ‘Our Land Our Languages’ Report
* Background to the use of Aboriginal languages in NT schools
(bilingual education)
* Paddy Gibson: Country Liberals cynically tap anger at
Intervention to topple Labor in the NT
* Selena Black:
Income management trials punish welfare recipients twice
* More ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* ISJA: Sovereign Aboriginal nations consider
sanctuary for Julian Assange
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement
* Living Black: Walkatjurra Walkabout In Leonora!
* The Wire:
Government calls for submissions to Indigenous Health Plan

* ‘OUR LAND OUR LANGUAGES’:
REPORT ON INQUIRY INTO
LANGUAGE LEARNING IN INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES

– Report

House of Representatives Committees:
Inquiry into language learning in Indigenous communities
Our Land Our Languages
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House_of_Representatives_Committees?url=/atsia/languages2/report.htm
“On Monday 17 September 2012, the Standing Committee on
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs tabled its
report on the inquiry into language learning in Indigenous
communities entitled Our Land Our Languages.”

* GREG DICKSON:
PARLIAMENT REPORTS ON INDIGENOUS TONGUES: CAN THEY BE SAVED?

– Analysis / Opinion

Crikey:
Parliament reports on indigenous tongues: can they be saved?
http://www.crikey.com.au/2012/09/17/parliament-reports-on-indigenous-tongues-can-they-be-saved/
17 Sep 12: “Today federal Parliament releases the Our Land,
Our Languages report, stemming from the recent inquiry into
Learning Languages in Indigenous Communities. Our Land,
Our Languages draws on 154 submissions and 23 public
hearings held throughout Australia over the course of a
year. The report comprehensively argues for greater
recognition and resourcing of indigenous languages and
calls for action to halt the embarrassing rate of loss and
endangerment of native languages. It is a thorough,
measured, yet still ambitious document arguing for
indigenous languages to be elevated into a position of
greater prominence and prosperity.”
By Greg Dickson of Crikey blog Fully (sic).
Greg Dickson is a contributor to Fully (sic) and has worked
in indigenous language documentation, research, training
and resourcing for 10 years.

* AIDAN WILSON:
FIRST LANGUAGE EDUCATION IS A MATTER OF COMMON SENSE

– Analysis / Opinion

Fully (sic) – Crikey’s language blog:
First language education is a matter of common sense
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/fullysic/2012/09/18/first-language-education-is-a-matter-of-common-sense/
18 Sep 12: “The committee found heavily in favour of the
proponents of bilingual education as the substantial
evidence submitted clearly shows that rather than being
deleterious, the use of the child’s first language in early
childhood education had widespread benefits. …
Recommendation 14 therefore calls for the provision of
adequately resourced bilingual education programs in areas
where the child’s first language is an indigenous language,
whether that language is a traditional language such as
Warlpiri or Murrinh Patha, or a contact language such as
Kriol, Gurindji Kriol or Light Warlpiri.” By Aidan Wilson

* CHARIS PALMER:
ACTION NEEDED TO HELP PRESERVE INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES

– News

The Conversation:
Action needed to help preserve Indigenous languages
http://theconversation.edu.au/action-needed-to-help-preserve-indigenous-languages-9631
17 Sep 12: “Language and Indigenous experts have welcomed a
government report that recommends bilingual school education
programs for Indigenous communities, saying it will benefit
all Australians and help get some Indigenous languages off
the endangered languages list. The “Our Land Our Languages”
report follows a 12-month inquiry by the House of
Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Affairs.” By Charis Palmer

* CLAIRE BOWERN:
THE CHANCE OF A LIFETIME TO SAVE INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES

– Analysis / Opinion

The Conversation:
The chance of a lifetime to save Indigenous languages
http://theconversation.edu.au/the-chance-of-a-lifetime-to-save-indigenous-languages-9654
18 Sep 12: “It is not often that the opportunity comes along
to make a real difference, but a new report into Indigenous
languages in Australia has the potential to do just that.
Our Land, Our Languages has already been likened to the
momentous Mabo decision. But where Mabo helped change our
legal and cultural understanding of Indigenous land rights,
this report highlights the fiction of a monolingual
Australia and calls for recognition of Australia’s
Indigenous linguistic diversity.” By Claire Bowern,
Associate Professor of Linguistics at Yale University.
Claire’s research focuses on the Indigenous languages of
Australia.

* MORE ON THE ‘OUR LAND OUR LANGUAGES’ REPORT:

– News

Australian:
Bilingual tack gains traction for indigenous children
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/bilingual-tack-gains-traction/story-fn59niix-1226476089970
18 Sep 12: “FEDERAL School Education Minister Peter Garrett
has declared he will talk to state governments about
adopting bilingual education for indigenous children,
arguing school attendance rates would improve if they were
taught in their first language. Parliament’s standing
committee on indigenous affairs released a bipartisan
report yesterday calling for more action to protect
endangered indigenous languages, revealed by The Australian,
and recommending bilingual education.”

ABC: Indigenous students need bilingual education
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-09-17/senate-committee-recommends-bilingual-education/4265814?section=nt
17 Sep 12: “A Federal Parliamentary committee says it
received crystal clear evidence that school attendance
rates would improve if Indigenous children were taught in
their first language. Parliament’s Standing Committee on
Indigenous Affairs has released a bipartisan report calling
for more action to protect endangered Indigenous languages.
Among the committee’s 30 recommendations is a call for more
money to be spent on bilingual education for Indigenous
children and an interpreting service for Indigenous
languages.”

– Video

SBS World News: Preserve Indigenous languages: Inquiry
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/video/2279945714/Action-required-to-preserve-Indigenous-languages
17 Sep 12: “A federal parliamentary inquiry has called for
sweeping changes to ensure Indigenous languages are
maintained and revived. Those involved in the new report
claim reforms will lead to better social outcomes,
including higher school attendance and better service
delivery in health and justice. ”

* BACKGROUND TO THE USE OF ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES IN NT SCHOOLS
(BILINGUAL EDUCATION):

Last updated: 18 September 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-use-of-aboriginal-languages-in-nt-schools-bilingual-education

* PADDY GIBSON:
COUNTRY LIBERALS CYNICALLY TAP ANGER AT INTERVENTION
TO TOPPLE LABOR IN THE NT

– Analysis / Opinion

Solidarity:
Country Liberals cynically tap anger at Intervention
to topple Labor in the NT
http://www.solidarity.net.au/49/country-liberals-cynically-tap-anger-at-intervention-to-topple-labor-in-the-nt/
September 2012: “The Country Liberals (CLP) have swept to
power in the Northern Territory elections, … The CLP ran
a cynical, yet devastatingly effective campaign in bush
electorates. Their election platform here had two
components, both central demands of the campaign against
the NT Intervention. First, the break-up of the hated Super
Shire councils, which the Henderson Labor government
introduced in 2008. … Second, an end to the “Working
Futures” policy which has seen investment focussed on 20
“growth towns”, at the expense of the hundreds of smaller
communities and outstations on Aboriginal land.” Paddy Gibson

* SELENA BLACK:
INCOME MANAGEMENT TRIALS PUNISH WELFARE RECIPIENTS TWICE

– News

Green Left:
Income management trials punish welfare recipients twice
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/52244
15 Sep 12: “Compulsory income management must be opposed:
this was the consensus from a lively August 29 community
meeting hosted by the Socialist Alliance in Playford,
northern Adelaide, where income management is being
“trialled” for some welfare recipients. This meeting
included activists, locals, and representatives from
community and welfare groups. …
Presentations from Pas Forgione from the Socialist Alliance
and Left Unity, and Mike Williss, a research officer with
the Australian Education Union (AEU) South Australia,
explored the controversial policy, which was first applied
to Aboriginal welfare recipients under the Northern
Territory intervention.” Selena Black

* MORE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:

http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
17 Sep 12: “The Federal Oppositions spokesman for
Indigenous Affairs Territory Senator Nigel Scullion says
the majority of Aboriginal people who voted in the recent
Northern Territory election voted in favor of the Howard
co-alition governments Intervention.”

* BACKGROUND TO ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ NEW NT INTERVENTION LAWS:

Last updated: 7 September 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-laws

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Last updated: 1 August 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention

* ISJA:
SOVEREIGN ABORIGINAL NATIONS CONSIDER SANCTUARY
FOR JULIAN ASSANGE

– Media Statement

The Indigenous Social Justice Association:
Sovereign Aboriginal nations consider sanctuary
for Julian Assange
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/384
Green Left: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/52227
14 Sep 12: “Several sovereign Aboriginal nations are
considering giving Julian Assange refuge and sanctuary in
their nations.
It was argued that as Julian is an Australian citizen he
should be allowed to seek sanctuary in one of the sovereign
Aboriginal nations in the lands known as Australia.
Whilst the federal government is held in thrall to the
dictates of the US, we are not and are therefore quite free
to support Julian in every way we possibly can. Offering
safe refuge is but one way. Why should Julian be forced to
seek refuge in a South American country and not his own?”

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:

http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
17 Sep 12: “The Indigenous Social Justice Association has
provided WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange with an
Aboriginal Nations passport claiming Assange has been
abandoned by Australian authorities.”

Living Black: An Aboriginal Passport For Julian Assange
By Michelle Lovegrove
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/232861/t/An-Aboriginal-Passport-For-Julian-Assange/in/english
14 Sep 12: “Aboriginal Passport Ceremony in Redfern,
Saturday September 15.”

– Related Past Event

Event: Sat 15 September 2012:
New location: The Settlement, Darlington, NSW
Welcome to Aboriginal Land and Passport Ceremony
“Over 200 people, including newly arrived
asylum seekers will receive an Aboriginal Passport
which will be issued by:
* Robbie Thorpe, Treaty Republic and
* Ray Jackson, President,
Indigenous Social Justice Assocation.”
“Ray Jackson says that “the issuing of the
Passports cover two important areas of interactions
between the Traditional Owners of the Lands and
migrants, asylum seekers and non-Aboriginal citizens
of this country. Whilst they acknowledge our rights to
all the Aboriginal Nations of Australia we reciprocate
by welcoming them into our Nations.
It is a moral win-win for all involved in the process”.”
Event details: http://aboriginalpassportceremony.org/
Event details: http://www.mediafire.com/view/?oss29z2m94lokis#

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

Last updated: 15 September 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies

* LIVING BLACK: WALKATJURRA WALKABOUT IN LEONORA!

– Audio Interviews

Living Black: Walkatjurra Walkabout In Leonora!
By Michelle Lovegrove
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/232865/t/Walkatjurra-Walkabout-In-Leonora/in/english
14 Sep 12: “270 long kilometres later, the Walk For Country
arrives in Leonora. … Traditional owners are questioning
the Western Australian government’s motives, in pushing for
the development of a uranium project labelled by mining
giant BHP Billiton as “uneconomically viable”. This follows
the recent sale by BHP of land at Yeelirrie, to Canadian
uranium miner Cameco for 430-million dollars. The WA
Premier Colin Barnett had urged BHP to relinquish the area
to a miner who would be prepared to mine uranium there.
Traditional owner Kado Muir says although his people are
united in opposing uranium mining on their land, BHP had
been a reasonable company to deal with.”

Living Black: Walkatjurra Walkabout
By Michelle Lovegrove
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/232867/t/Walkatjurra-Walkabout/in/english
14 Sep 12: “Yeelirrie site sold to Canadian uranium mining
company. … Marcus Atkinson from Footprints For Peace
speaks with Michelle Lovegrove about BHP Billiton’s sale of
the Yeelirrie site to Canadian uranium mining company
Cameco.”

– Past Event

Event: 20 August to 14 September 2012: Yeelirrie-Leonora, WA
Walkatjurra Walkabout – Walking for Country
A one month walk from Yeelirrie to Leonora
” … is a celebration of Wangkatja country, a testament to
the strength of the community who have fought to stop
uranium mining at Yeelirrie for over forty years, and a
chance to come together to continue share our commitment to
a sustainable future without nuclear. It is a chance to
reconnect with the land, and to revive the tradition of
walking for country.”
“This walk will be lead by the Walkatjurra Rangers,
in partnership with Footprints for Peace,
Western Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (WANFA),
the Anti Nuclear Alliance of Western Australia (ANAWA)
and the Conservation Council of Western Australia (CCWA).”
Event details: http://walkingforcountry.com/
Event details: http://www.nuclearfreefuture.com/
Event details: http://nffcampaign2011.footprintsforpeace.net/?p=69
News: http://www.nit.com.au/news/1703-walkatjurra-walkabout-a-journey-to-stop-uranium-mining-of-our-land.html

* THE WIRE:
GOVERNMENT CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS TO INDIGENOUS HEALTH PLAN

– Audio Interview

The Wire:
Government calls for submissions to Indigenous Health Plan
Produced by David Thornhill
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9596
12 Sep 12: “The Federal Government is calling on the public
to help close the gap in Indigenous and non-indigenous
health. Submissions will be used to develop a National
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan. A new
discussion paper released by the Department of Health And
Ageing is asking communities and health providers to detail
what services are most needed for Indigenous Australians.
We spoke to Justin Mohamed, Chairperson of the National
Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, about
the organisations hopes for the health plan. …
Featured in story: Justin Mohamed, Chairperson of the
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation”

– – –

120916 – Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia – 16 events from 16 September 2012

Posted in EVENTS, NEWSLETTER on 16/09/2012 by D

Event: Tue 18 September 2012: Byron Bay, NSW
Our Generation film screening
Nigel Stewart, Bundjalung member will be doing
a welcome & didgeridoo performance
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/screenings/tue-18-sept-byron-bay-nsw
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Thu 20 September 2012: Lane Cove, Sydney, NSW
A Special Community Forum on:
The approaching National Referendum for
‘Constitutional Recognition of Australia’s First Peoples’
Speakers’ Panel followed by Q&A
MC: Michelle Lovegrove, Ngarrindjeri Nation
Executive Producer SBS Radio ‘Living Black’
Presented by:
Lane Cove Residents for Reconciliation
Event details: http://www.nswreconciliation.org.au/events-1/lcrr-constitutional-forum

Event: 25-27 September 2012: Alice Springs, NT
National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Public Events at NC 12 Alice Springs 25-27 September
“Members, friends and curious locals are very
welcome to come and meet Delegates, Board
and staff and hear more about what we stand
for and the work we do at two public events.”
Event details: http://nationalcongress.com.au/congress-events/
Event details: http://nationalcongress.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/NationalCongress2012PUBLICEVENTS.jpg
Congress website: http://nationalcongress.com.au/

Event: Fri 28 September 2012: Fremantle, Perth, WA
John Pat memorial day against all deaths in custody
“Deaths In Custody Watch Committee of Western
Australia invites you to the Ceremony of
Remembrance for all who have died in police
& prison custody including those have died in
police pursuits.”
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/52234

Event: Fri 5 – Sat 6 October 2012: Fremantle & Perth, WA
Seventh Annual National Indigenous Legal Conference
Pathways to Tomorrow:
Innovations and Intersections in Law, Land and Justice
Held at the University of Notre Dame
and the University of Western Australia
“This year’s conference addresses two key themes,
New Approaches to Justice, and
Cultural and Natural Resources Management.”
Speakers include:
* the Hon Fred Chaney AO,
* Dennis Eggington,
* Mick Gooda,
* Glen Kelly,
* The Hon Wane Martin AC
Event details: http://www.nd.edu.au/events/nilc
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html#october

Event: Tue 9 October 2012: Sydney City, NSW
The Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research,
The Federation Press and the Sidney Myer Fund
warmly invite you to the:
Book Launch of ‘People on Country,
Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures’
Edited by Jon Altman and Seán Kerins
Host: Jason Ardler
Launcher: Jody Broun, followed by contributions from
Indigenous ranger partners and authors
“Over the past four decades Aboriginal people living in
remote and regional Australia have been empowered by land
rights and native title laws to claim back large tracts of
their ancestral lands. …
This book seeks to reposition Indigenous people and their
caring for country activities from the margins to the very
core of the growing national conversation on issues such as
climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion. … ”
Event details, page 4 of newsletter: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/sites/default/files/cck_misc_documents/2012/09/PoC%20Newsletter%20vol4%20no2_web.pdf
Book details: http://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781862878938
RSVP by 2 October 2012, details, page 4 of newsletter: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/sites/default/files/cck_misc_documents/2012/09/PoC%20Newsletter%20vol4%20no2_web.pdf

Event: Wed 10 October 2012: ANU, Acton, Canberra, ACT
The Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research,
The Federation Press and the Sidney Myer Fund
warmly invite you to the:
Book Launch of ‘People on Country,
Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures’
Edited by Jon Altman and Seán Kerins
Host: Dan Gillespie
Launcher: Tom Calma AO, followed by contributions from
Indigenous ranger partners and authors
Location: Australian National University
“Over the past four decades Aboriginal people living in
remote and regional Australia have been empowered by land
rights and native title laws to claim back large tracts of
their ancestral lands. …
This book seeks to reposition Indigenous people and their
caring for country activities from the margins to the very
core of the growing national conversation on issues such as
climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion. … ”
Event details, page 4 of newsletter: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/sites/default/files/cck_misc_documents/2012/09/PoC%20Newsletter%20vol4%20no2_web.pdf
Book details: http://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781862878938
RSVP by 2 October 2012, details, page 4 of newsletter: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/sites/default/files/cck_misc_documents/2012/09/PoC%20Newsletter%20vol4%20no2_web.pdf

Event: Thu 11 October 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
The Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research,
The Federation Press and the Sidney Myer Fund
warmly invite you to the:
Book Launch of ‘People on Country,
Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures’
Edited by Jon Altman and Seán Kerins
Host: Professor Brian Howe AO
Launcher: Monica Morgan, followed by contributions from
Indigenous ranger partners and authors
“Over the past four decades Aboriginal people living in
remote and regional Australia have been empowered by land
rights and native title laws to claim back large tracts of
their ancestral lands. …
This book seeks to reposition Indigenous people and their
caring for country activities from the margins to the very
core of the growing national conversation on issues such as
climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion. … ”
Event details, page 4 of newsletter: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/sites/default/files/cck_misc_documents/2012/09/PoC%20Newsletter%20vol4%20no2_web.pdf
Book details: http://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781862878938
RSVP by 2 October 2012, details, page 4 of newsletter: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/sites/default/files/cck_misc_documents/2012/09/PoC%20Newsletter%20vol4%20no2_web.pdf

Event: 11 September – 12 October 2012: UTS, Sydney, NSW
Exhibition:
Djalkiri – we are standing on their names – Blue Mud Bay
“Artback NT: Arts Touring and Development presents
Djalkiri: we are standing on their names –
Blue Mud Bay – the culmination of a vibrant and intensive
cross-cultural exchange between five highly respected
Yithuwa Madarrpa artists and four renowned artists
from across Australia.”
Event details: http://newsroom.uts.edu.au/events/2012/09/djalkiri-we-are-standing-on-their-names-blue-mud-bay
Event summary: http://newsroom.uts.edu.au/events_new/upcoming/

Event: Tue 16 October 2012: CDU, Casuarina, Darwin, NT
The Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research,
The Federation Press and the Sidney Myer Fund
warmly invite you to the:
Book Launch of ‘People on Country,
Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures’
Edited by Jon Altman and Seán Kerins
Host: Dan Gillespie
Launcher: Marion Scrymgour, followed by contributions from
Indigenous ranger partners and authors
Location: Charles Darwin University
“Over the past four decades Aboriginal people living in
remote and regional Australia have been empowered by land
rights and native title laws to claim back large tracts of
their ancestral lands. …
This book seeks to reposition Indigenous people and their
caring for country activities from the margins to the very
core of the growing national conversation on issues such as
climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion. … ”
Event details, page 4 of newsletter: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/sites/default/files/cck_misc_documents/2012/09/PoC%20Newsletter%20vol4%20no2_web.pdf
Book details: http://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781862878938
RSVP by 2 October 2012, details, page 4 of newsletter: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/sites/default/files/cck_misc_documents/2012/09/PoC%20Newsletter%20vol4%20no2_web.pdf

Wed 17 October 2012: Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW
Panel: A working shower for all Australians?
– What is the problem?
Includes a panel of high profile speakers who will
address concerns about the following:
* Building standards in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing
* Human Rights and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
living in remote Homelands.
“For over three years Amnesty International has
partnered with the communities of the
Utopia homelands to develop reports to
drive campaigning on this issue”
Speakers will include:
* Sarah Marland (Amnesty International)
* Paul Pholeros (Healthabitat)
* Jeff Mc Mullen (journalist)
Presented by:
Amnesty International NSW Demand Dignity Group
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/29666/

Event: Tue 23 October 2012: Sydney, NSW
Our Generation film screening
Homelands and Homelessness
– Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Organised by Amnesty International
“The panel will address concerns about the
105,000 homeless people currently struggling
to survive in Australia. It will also discuss the
human rights problems experienced by
indigenous persons living in remote Homelands.”
Speakers will include:
* Sarah Marland;
* John Dowd AO;
* The honourable Linda Burney MP.
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/29438/
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/screenings/tue-23-oct-sydney-nsw
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Thu 8 – Sun 11 November 2012:
Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Fremantle
Dan Sultan Announces Indigenous Rights Concert Tour
“Last seen stepping in for Gurrumul after he
had to pull out November’s Gorgeous Festival,
Dan Sultan has announced a new series of
concerts to help raise awareness for
issues facing the Indigenous community.
The Music Network reports that the ARIA
Award-winning Gurindji performer has designed
the shows, called Rock For Recognition,
as helping promote the need for recognition of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples in the
Australian Constitution.”
Presented by ANTaR, Oxfam, Congress and You Me Unity
Event details: http://www.antar.org.au/dan_sultan_set_to_rock_for_recognition
Event details: http://www.tonedeaf.com.au/news/tournews/191430/dan-sultan-announces-indigenous-rights-concert-tour.htm
Event details: http://www.themusicnetwork.com/music-news/artists/2012/08/22/dan-sultan-to-head-rock-for-recognition-concerts/
Event details: [scroll down page] http://nationalcongress.com.au/congress-events/

Event: Sat 10 November 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
2012 Spring Action:
Stop Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
Organised by:
Indigenous Social Justice Association – Melbourne
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm
Photos of 27th July Sydney Rally: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51682
Video of 11th August Melbourne Rally: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51877

Event: 5-7 December 2012: Gold Coast, Qld
2012 National Indigenous Health Conference
Many Pathways, One Outcome
” … is designed to bring together both government
and non-government agencies who are working
in the field of Indigenous health with the belief
that working together can close the gap between
the state of Indigenous Health as compared to
the health of mainstream Australians.”
Event details: http://www.indigenoushealth.net/

Event: 10 December 2012: various locations internationally
UN International Human Rights Day

– ‘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

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