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130211 – Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia – 44 events from 13 February 2013

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Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia 
– 44 events from 13 February 2013

Click on the links for details of the events … 

Event: 13 February 2013: various locations in Australia
National Apology Day
“Commemmoration of the day ex-Prime Minister 
Kevin Rudd moved a Motion of Apology to the 
Indigenous Peoples in the House of Representatives, 
apologising for past laws, policies and practices that 
devastated the Indigenous Peoples 
(particularly those of the Stolen Generation).”
“The NSDC holds annual celebratory events on the 
Anniversary of the Apology (13 February each year) 
as a mark of respect of the achievement that was 
the apology to the Stolen Generations, 
but also as an act of reminder to the broader public, 
to the country’s politicians and policy makers, 
that sorry is more than a word, and that communities, 
Stolen Generations focussed community and peak body 
organisations, and government politicians and policy 
makers must continue to work together in order 
to achieve key outcomes for the Stolen Generations.”
Event details: http://www.nsdc.org.au/events-info/the-apology-to-australias-indigenous-peoples
Event summary: http://www.atsisupport.org.au/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=223021
Event summary: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=984
Event summary: [scroll down page] http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html#february
See Kevin Rudd’s 2008 Apology Speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3TZOGpG6cM

Event: Wed 13 February 2013: North Terrace, Adelaide, SA
The Apology: 5 Years On
“Reconciliation SA is pleased to welcome the 
Hon. Kevin Rudd as the Keynote speaker at the 
Annual Anniversary of the National Apology 
to the Stolen Generations Breakfast. 
The breakfast is held to honour the members 
of the Stolen Generation and continue to inform the 
non-Aboriginal community about their ongoing needs.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/sa/event/31026/
See Kevin Rudd’s 2008 Apology Speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3TZOGpG6cM

Event: Wed 13 February 2013: Botanic Gardens, Adelaide, SA
5th Anniversary of the National Apology 
– Remembering the Stolen Generation
“Transport: If members of the Stolen Generation 
require transport to the event please contact … “
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/sa/event/31015/
See Kevin Rudd’s 2008 Apology Speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3TZOGpG6cM

Event: Wed 13 February 2013: Melbourne CBD, Vic
Public meeting: 
Commemorating the 5th anniversary of the national apology
“Reconciliation Victoria will commemorate the 
5th Anniversary of the National Apology at Federation 
Square with a free breakfast, speeches, a performance 
by the Kutcha Edwards Trio and a screening 
of Kevin Rudd’s Apology Speech.”
“An event to continue the journey towards 
healing and recognition, and show support 
for members of the stolen generation.”
Event details: http://www.reconciliationvic.org.au/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/commemorating-the-5th-anniversary-of-the-national-apology
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/vic/event/31009/
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/53179
Flyer: www.reconciliationvic.org.au/user-data/event-galleries/Apology_Breakfast/Melbourne_Apology_Day_2013_Flyer.pdf
See Kevin Rudd’s 2008 Apology Speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3TZOGpG6cM

Event: 13 February 2013: Barton, Canberra, ACT
Constitutional Recognition Forum
Tanya Hosch and Jason Glanville
National Press Club of Australia Forum
“A big moment in history beckons. 
To vote at a referendum so the first Australians, 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, 
are recognised in our Constitution.”
Event details: http://www.npc.org.au/speakers/tanya-hosch-and-jason-glanville.html

Event: 14 February – 22 March 2013: Marleston, Adelaide, SA
Manuwangku – Under the Nuclear Cloud
Exhibition by Human Right Activist, Jagath Dheerrasekara
The Light Gallery: http://lightgallery.ccp.sa.edu.au/
Adelaide Fringe 2013: http://issuu.com/adelaidefringe
Opening: Thu 14 Feb 2013 6-8pm
Artist talk commenses 5pm before opening
“Muckaty, which traditional owners call Manuwangku, 
is situated 120 km north of Tennant Creek, 
Northern Territory and is slated for a federal radioactive 
waste storage facility.”
“Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud is a photographic 
narrative of the spirit, the connection to land and 
the collective voice of the community that came through 
by photographer Jagath Dheerasekara (www.jd.photoshelter.com
living there and experiencing their socio-cultural life.”
“It is a testimony to the resilience of the community 
and captures the determination of people bound 
together through a common struggle to keep 
their traditional land free from nuclear waste.”
“This traveling exhibition is a collaborative project 
with the Manuwangku (Muckaty) Traditional Owners, 
the Beyond Nuclear Initiative (BNI) and 
the Amnesty International.”
Beyond Nuclear Initiative (BNI): http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/
Amnesty International Australia: http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights
Event details: http://lightgallery.ccp.sa.edu.au/?event-items=fringe-2013-manuwangku-under-the-nuclear-cloud-by-jagath-dheerasekara
Event details: http://lightgallery.ccp.sa.edu.au/
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/sa/event/31014/
Event details on page 121: http://issuu.com/adelaidefringe/docs/2013_adelaide_fringe_guide
WGAR Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump in NT: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-proposed-muckaty-nuclear-waste-dump-in-nt-australia

Event: Thu 14 February 2013: Waterloo, Sydney, NSW
Rally 9th Anniversary of TJ Hickey’s death: 
9 Years Too Long! Re open the TJ inquiry!
Demand justice for TJ and all other Deaths in Costody!
Organised by the Hickey family and the 
Indigenous Social Justice Association: http://www.isja-msg.com/index.htm
Flyer: http://indymedia.org.au/files/flyer%20front%209th%20anniversary%20tj%20hickey%20rally%2014%20feb%202013%20raul%20+%20shelly%20with%20changes.pdf
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/9-years-too-long-re-open-the-tj-inquiry
Event summary: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/53144
TJ Petition: https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/re-open-the-coronial-inquiry-into-t-j-hickeys-death-stop-aboriginal-deaths-in-custody-now
WGAR Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment-and-deaths-in-custody
WGAR Background to the justice for Kumentjaye Briscoe campaign: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-the-justice-for-kumentjaye-briscoe-campaign

Event: Thu 14 February 2013: Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT
Monsoon Movies Film Festival
Kanyini Film screening
Organised by Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/2013/01/03/monsoon-movies-film-festival/
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/2012/12/23/survival-day-film-screening-january-26-2013/
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/
About the film: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanyini_%28film%29

Event: 14 – 24 February 2013: Fitzroy, Melbourne, Vic
Jacky Green: Flow of Voices
Paintings from the Gulf of Carpentaria
With photographs and videos by Jessie Boylan
Opening: Thu 14th February 2013
Opened by Jacky Green, Prof. Jon Altman and Dr Sean Kerins
Centre For Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, ANU
“I want the government and mining companies to 
know that we are still here. We aren’t going anywhere. 
We aren’t dead yet. We are still here, feeling the country.”
Event details: http://www.arena.org.au/2013/01/jacky-green-flow-of-voices/

Event: 16 February 2013: Castlemaine, Vic
‘Lurujarri Dreaming’ documentary – Castlemaine Sneak Preview
Save the Kimberley Benefit Concert
“‘Lurujarri Dreaming’, a 26 minute educational animated 
documentary- outlines the Goolarabooloo tribe’s recent 
history and rich cultural connection to country, 
using the nine day Lurujarri Heritage Trail as it’s 
main structural thread. The main narrator, a young 
Goolarabooloo tracker named Brian Councillor, 
guides the viewer along the Lurujarri Heritage Trail, 
introducing people and places.”
Event details: http://www.lurujarri.blogspot.com.au/
WGAR Background to the Walmadan Tent Embassy, WA: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/02/walmadan-tent-embassy-james-price-point-north-of-broome-kimberley-region-wa

Event: Sat 16 February – Sun 21 April 2013: Adelaide, SA
Exhibition: Good Strong Powerful
“In partnership with Arts Access Darwin, 
this touring exhibition will showcase the extraordinary 
works that have been produced through Art Centres 
in the Northern Territory by established and 
emerging Indigenous artists with disabilities.”
“The exhibition includes artists from 
Ngaruwanajirri on Bathurst (Tiwi) Island, 
Mwerre Anthurre Artists, based at Bindi Inc. in Alice Springs 
and Julalikari Arts in Tennant Creek.”
“It is envisioned that this exhibition will work towards 
raising the profile of artists who too often are 
placed into a narrow ‘art therapy’ model, 
yet their practice is often groundbreaking.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/sa/event/31037/

Event: Sat 16 February 2013: West End, Brisbane, Qld
In Conversation with Mary Graham: 
ANTaR Qld AGM Guest Speaker
“Mary Graham is the guest speaker at 4:45 pm, 
talking about the hard questions: 
What kind of country do we live in now? 
What do we want it to be like? 
What can we do to make a different dreaming? 
What does sovereignty mean? 
How will it be good for Australia? 
What is ‘civilised’? What is racism?”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://antarqld.org.au/node/213
Event details: http://antarqld.org.au/node/212

Event: Sun 17 February 2013: West Perth, WA
Flying Foam Massacre Remembrance Day
“In memory of the 17 February 1868 
Flying Foam Massacre of the Yaburara people 
of the Burrup, there will be a Stand Up for 
the Burrup photo-shoot action at the the 
WA Parliament House … “
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/53248

Event: Fri 22 February 2013: Sydney CBD, NSW
The Wilderness Society Sydney Inc: 
Festival for the Kimberley
“Calling all Sydneysiders: This is your chance 
join us for a fun-filled day to bring the stunning 
beauty of the Kimberley region to Sydney, 
and to stand in solidarity with the people of 
Broome against industrialisation as a result of the 
planned James Price Point gas hub.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.respectandlisten.org/kimberley.html
Event details: http://www.wilderness.org.au/campaigns/kimberley/festival-for-the-kimberley
Event details: http://www.wilderness.org.au/campaigns/kimberley/kimberley-portal-page/2/1/kimberley-events
WGAR Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/22/wgar-news-background-to-the-save-the-kimberley-campaign-james-price-point-north-of-broome

Event: Sun 24 February 2013: Fremantle, Perth, WA
Concert for the Kimberley: 
A concert and march in the heart of Fremantle
The Wilderness Society WA Inc
“Join us in Fremantle on Sunday 24 February 2013 
for a free, open-air concert featuring the 
John Butler Trio, Missy Higgins, Ball Park Music, 
special guest Dr Bob Brown, and others.”
“This concert and rally is a call to arms for 
all West Australians to stand up and protect 
one of our finest national treasures, 
The Kimberley,” says John Butler
Event details: http://www.wilderness.org.au/campaigns/kimberley/concert-for-the-kimberley-a-concert-and-march-in-the-heart-of-fremantle
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/53255
WGAR Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/22/wgar-news-background-to-the-save-the-kimberley-campaign-james-price-point-north-of-broome

Event: 26 February to 3 March 2013: 
South Bank Parklands, Brisbane, Qld
Clancestry
“Clancestry is a festival celebrating the arts and 
cultural practices of the world’s First Nation’s 
Peoples. The festival draws on rich spiritual 
culture and provides a space to connect with 
other clan groups across the country and the 
globe. In presenting performances, workshops, 
free events and conversations the festival 
moves beyond transactional contact into 
deeper relationships between all peoples.”
Festival includes: 
* 26 – 28 February 2013: Clancestry Conversations
* Sat 2 March 2013: Black Arm Band’s dirtsong
Event details: http://www.qpac.com.au/event/Clancestry_13.aspx
Event details: [scroll down page] http://antarqld.org.au/node/213
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.989fm.com.au/events/

Event: 27 February 2013: State Library, South Brisbane, Qld
Deepen the Conversation: A Burning Landscape
“The Biggest Estate on Earth. 
Historian Bill Gammage explodes the myth that 
pre-European settlement Australia was an 
untamed wilderness, revealing the complex, 
country-wide systems of land management 
used by Aboriginal people.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://antarqld.org.au/node/213
Event details: http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on/calevents/general/talks/deepen/burning-landscape

Event: Fri 1 March 2013: Adelaide, SA
146th Justice and Peace Candle Light Walk 
around Government House
Gather at dusk on the first Friday of the month 
(except January and February)
“Join us on the Candle Light Walk to 
call for a Treaty and Bill of Rights, and 
to support the Ngarrindjeri and all other 
Aboriginal people and the Stolen Generations, 
their families and communities left behind, 
in their call for Peace and Justice.”
Event details: http://antarsa.auspics.org.au/
Background to the Candle Light Walk: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~rmclc/CandleLightWalkHistory.htm

Event: Mon 11 March 2013: Mona Vale, Sydney, NSW
Information night: Guest Speaker: 
Shane Phillips (CEO of Tribal Warrior)
Hosted by Aboriginal Support Group 
– Manly Warringah Pittwater (ASG): 
“Australia’s 2013 Local Hero Explains the 
Tribal Warrior Mentor Program; 
An initiative that focuses on simple life skills, 
teaching & mentoring.” 
“”We target young offenders who have been 
referred to us by Police & Juvenile justice 
with the aim of getting them ready for 
work and gearing them to stay focused 
on their own personal situation””
Event details: http://www.asgmwp.net/Calendar.htm
Event details: http://www.asgmwp.net/index.htm
Event details: www.asgmwp.net/TribalWarrior.pdf

Event: Sat 16 March 2013: Cherbourg, Qld
Ration Shed Tour
“When our Elders were moved off the land and 
taken to Cherbourg they were cut off from their 
traditional sources of food and were given 
weekly rations of mainly flour, sugar, tea, sago, 
rice, split peas and meat. The rations were 
given from a wooden shed which we have 
restored and call The Ration Shed Museum. 
We use the Ration Shed as a space to tell our stories.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://antarqld.org.au/node/213
Event details: http://rationshed.com.au/

Event: Mon 18 March 2013: Qld
Annual ANTaR Qld 
Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Award
“We are happy to announce that the 
Annual ANTaR Qld Closing the Gap in Indigenous 
Health Award will continue to be hosted with a 
Parliamentary sponsor and will continue to highlight 
the wonderful success stories in health from around 
our State.” 
“In negotiation with the new Government and Minister Elmes, 
the Award ceremony has been rescheduled to 
coincide with National Close the Gap Day in March 2013. 
Details will be sent out closer to the date.”
Event summary: http://antarqld.org.au/node/207
Event details: http://antarqld.org.au/

Event: 20 March 2013: Parliament House, Canberra
International Day for the 
Elimination of Racial Discrimination Panel
“21 March is the International Day for the Elimination 
of Racial Discrimination. To commemorate this day the 
Australian Human Rights Commission, in partnership 
with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship 
and the UN Information Centre for Australia, 
New Zealand and the South Pacific, will hold a 
high-level event at Parliament House in support 
of the National Anti-Racism Strategy and the 
‘Racism. It Stops with Me’ campaign.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html#march

Event: 21 March 2013: various locations internationally
UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
“Racism continues to cause suffering for millions of 
people around the world…. I look to all people to join 
the United Nations in our drive to eliminate racism. 
We must, individually and collectively, 
stamp out racism, stigma and prejudice.”
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Event details: http://www.un.org/en/events/racialdiscriminationday/
Event details: http://www.un.org/en/events/

Event: Thu 21 or Fri 22 March 2013: various locations in Australia
National Close the Gap Day
“A day for Australians to join together and remind 
political leaders to close the life expectancy gap 
between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians 
within a generation.” ATSI Support
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People 
still die 10-17 years younger than other Australians. 
Closing this health gap cannot be done overnight. 
We need a long-term commitment with adequate 
funding, and investment in real partnerships.” Oxfam
Event details: https://www.oxfam.org.au/act/events/national-close-the-gap-day/
Event details: http://webfw.oxfam.org.au/act/events/close-the-gap-day/attend
Event summary: http://www.atsisupport.org.au/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=223027
Event details: http://humanrights.gov.au/social_justice/health/index.html
Event summary: [scroll down page] http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html#march
Event details: https://www.oxfam.org.au/explore/indigenous-australia/close-the-gap
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/30976/

Event: Thu 21 March 2013: Broadway, Sydney, NSW
Rally Against Racism
Protest: 
On the International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination
and ‘National Close the Gap Day’
STOP ‘Stronger Futures’ – NO to 10 more years of Intervention
STOP the expansion of income management: 
Not in the NT, not in Bankstown not anywhere
STOP Black Deaths in Custody 
– Justice for Kwementyaye Briscoe and all victims
Speakers include: 
* Sue Gillett, Bankstown Aboriginal activist and STICS member
* Ray Jackson, Indigenous Social Justice Association
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10151391541035141&id=106800130140
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-the-Intervention-Collective-Sydney/106800130140
STICS info: http://stoptheintervention.org/
ISJA info: http://www.isja-msg.com/index.htm
WGAR Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention
WGAR Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-laws
WGAR Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment-and-deaths-in-custody
WGAR Background to the justice for Kumentjaye Briscoe campaign: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-the-justice-for-kumentjaye-briscoe-campaign

Event: Fri 11 January until Sun 24 March 2013: Footscray, Melbourne, Vic
Reflect Exhibition
Koorie Space – Footscray Community Arts Centre
Opening: Fri 11 January
Reflect Floor-talk Sat 12 January: http://footscrayarts.com/1/wominjeka-2013-floor-talks/
“The capacity for art to enable people to reconnect 
with their cultural heritage and to assist in their 
recovery is central to my philosophy of the 
power of art to heal and inspire people to 
positively identify with their Aboriginality.” Maree Clarke
Event details: http://footscrayarts.com/access-blog-event/reflect/
Event details: http://footscrayarts.com/koorie-space/upcoming-events/

Event: 28 March to 14 April 2013: Belconnen, Canberra, ACT
I Do Have a Belief: 
Kevin Gilbert (1933-1993) Art Retrospective
Location: Belconnen Arts Centre
Producer: Gilbert Family
“I Do Have a Belief is an exhibition and events 
celebrating the life of Kevin Gilbert and his contribution 
to the local community, advancing human and political 
rights and Aboriginal sovereignty at a national and 
international level.”
“The showcasing of his creative work includes 
unseen oils, lino‑prints, published poetry, 
political works, and photographic murals.”
Special events will be held on: 
* 1 April at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy and on 
* 6 April at the Belconnen Arts Centre
Event details: http://www.canberra100.com.au/calendar/view/751/i-do-have-a-belief—kevin-gilbert-1933-1993-art-retrospec/
Event details: http://www.belconnenartscentre.com.au/
eBooks by Kevin Gilbert (1933 – 1993) Launching 22nd February 2013: http://kevingilbert.org/
Other Centenary of Canberra Aboriginal events: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/actindnetwork/message/20210
WGAR Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies

Event: Easter Weekend Thu 28 March – 31 March 2013: Melbourne, Vic
Marxism 2013 Conference
Featured Speakers: 
Gary Foley, Aboriginal activist: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php/program/featured-speakers/item/107-gary-foley.html
Diane Fieldes, Aboriginal rights campaigner: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php/program/featured-speakers/item/153-diane-fieldes.html
Allyson Hose, campaigner against the NT Intervention: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php/program/featured-speakers/item/154-allyson-hose.html
Kim Bullimore, anti-racism campaigner: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php/program/featured-speakers/item/170-kim-bullimore.html
Event details: http://www.marxismconference.org/

Event: Fri 29 March to Sun 7 April 2013: 
Melbourne-Adelaide-the uranium hotspots of SA and back!
Radioactive Exposure Tour 2013
“Friends of the Earth is hosting the annual 
Radioactive Exposure Tour. These tours have 
exposed thousands of people first-hand to 
the realities of ‘radioactive racism’ and to the 
environmental impacts of the nuclear industry.”
“After travelling from Melbourne to Adelaide 
we will head through Port Augusta and 
visit the Aboriginal Tent Embassy. Then we’ll 
travel north to the SA desert, we’ll visit BHP 
Billiton’s Olympic Dam uranium mine at 
Roxby Downs, … we’ll hopefully get to spend 
time with Arabunna elder Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, … “
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/456894601029352/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/radioactive-exposure-tour-0
Tours in previous years: http://www.foe.org.au/anti-nuclear/issues/oz/radtour
Background to Port Augusta Aboriginal Tent Embassy: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/gugada-embassy-be-established-pt-augusta
More about the Embassy: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-16/indigenous-protesters-urge-sovereignty-treaty/4203182
WGAR Background to expansion of Olympic Dam mine challenge: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/13/background-to-expansion-of-olympic-dam-mine-challenge-south-australia
WGAR Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies

Event: Fri 5 April 2013: Adelaide, SA
147th Justice and Peace Candle Light Walk 
around Government House
Gather at dusk on the first Friday of the month 
(except January and February)
“Join us on the Candle Light Walk to 
call for a Treaty and Bill of Rights, and 
to support the Ngarrindjeri and all other 
Aboriginal people and the Stolen Generations, 
their families and communities left behind, 
in their call for Peace and Justice.”
Event details: http://antarsa.auspics.org.au/
Background to the Candle Light Walk: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~rmclc/CandleLightWalkHistory.htm

Event: 30 Sep 2012 – 19 April 2013: Qld
State of Emergency Exhibition
“During the Commonwealth Games in 1982, 
Brisbane came alive with political demonstrations for 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander civil liberties 
and land rights. This incredible exhibition allows you to 
relive and reflect on this politically significant time 
through original footage and photographs, and 
personal stories from the advocates of this 
revolutionary movement.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://antarqld.org.au/node/213
Commonwealth Games Demonstrations- Brisbane 1982: http://www.kooriweb.org/foley/images/history/1980s/82games/gamesppdx.html

Event: Fri 3 May 2013: Adelaide, SA
148th Justice and Peace Candle Light Walk 
around Government House
Gather at dusk on the first Friday of the month 
(except January and February)
“Join us on the Candle Light Walk to 
call for a Treaty and Bill of Rights, and 
to support the Ngarrindjeri and all other 
Aboriginal people and the Stolen Generations, 
their families and communities left behind, 
in their call for Peace and Justice.”
Event details: http://antarsa.auspics.org.au/
Background to the Candle Light Walk: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~rmclc/CandleLightWalkHistory.htm

Event: 25 January – 25 May 2013: Canberra, ACT
Centenary of Canberra celebrates First Australians
“As we celebrate Canberra’s 100th birthday in 2013, 
we recognise Aboriginal people’s continuing connection 
to this place, a connection that spans some 20,000 years.”
Includes Kevin Gilbert (1933-1993) Art Retrospective: http://www.canberra100.com.au/calendar/view/751/i-do-have-a-belief—kevin-gilbert-1933-1993-art-retrospec/
Event details: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/actindnetwork/message/20210

Event: 26 May 2013: various locations in Australia
National Sorry Day
Event details: http://www.nsdc.org.au
Event details: http://antar.org.au/
Event summary: [scroll down page] http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html#march
Background: http://www.nsdc.org.au/events-info/the-history-of-national-sorry-day
Background: http://antar.org.au/reports/sorry-day-a-reminder-unfinished-business

Event: 27 May until 3 June 2013: various locations in Australia
National Reconciliation Week
Event details: http://www.reconciliation.org.au
Event details: http://www.reconciliation.org.au/home/projects/national-reconciliation-week
Event summary: [scroll down page] http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html#march

Event: 3 June 2013: various locations in Australia
Mabo Day
Event details: http://www.mabonativetitle.com/home.shtml
Event summary: [scroll down page] http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html#march
NIRS: Sam Watson says Mabo Day a better day for national celebration: 
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7719-sam-watson-says-mabo-day-a-better-day-for-national-celebration
WGAR Background to Mabo and Native Title: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/02/background-to-mabo-and-native-title

Event: 3 – 5 June 2013: Alice Springs, NT
National Native Title Conference 2013: 
Shaping the Future
This year’s themes include, 
The Native Title Act 20 years on and where to from here?
“The Native Title Research Unit co-hosts the 
Annual National Native Title Conference. 
The conference is co-hosted by a native title 
representative body (NTRB) and permission is sought 
from local traditional owners to hold the 
conference in their country.”
“The conference engages with native title as 
an active agenda for justice for people and country 
– both before and after the outcome of native title 
determination, and within the broader compass 
of traditional ownership.”
Event details: http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/ntru/ntc13.html
Event summary: [scroll down page] http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html#march
WGAR Background to Mabo and Native Title: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/02/background-to-mabo-and-native-title

Event: 4 to 6 June 2013: Cairns, Qld
SNAICC’s Fifth National Conference
For Our Children: Living and Learning Together
Organised by SNAICC: 
Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care
Keynote Speakers: 
* Marta Maurás Perez (Chile)
* Cindy Blackstock (Canada)
* Assoc. Prof. Cynthia Kiro (New Zealand) – of Maori descent
* Prof. Judy Atkinson – a Jiman and Bundjalung woman
* Kathy Guthadjaka (Gotha) – a Gatjirrk Warramiri woman 
living at Gawa (north-east Arnhem Land)
“The SNAICC National Conference is the largest 
conference of its type in the southern hemisphere 
and provides the opportunity for Aboriginal and 
Torres Strait Islander organisations, policy makers, 
researchers, government representatives, other 
non-government organisations and industry 
representatives to gather and make renewed 
commitments to Aboriginal and Torres Strait 
Islander children.”
Keynote Speakers: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=931
Event details: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/dsp-default.cfm?loadref=67
Event details: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=965

Event: Sat 6 July to Sun 14 July 2013: 
North of Broome on the Dampier Peninsula, Kimberley, WA
The Lurujarri Dreaming Trail
Walk the Trail with us in 2013
“In 1987, Paddy Roe initiated the Lurujarri Heritage 
Trail as a trigger to encourage the members of the 
Goolarabooloo community to be walking the Country 
again, as had always been done; to conserve; 
renew and stay connected with their heritage and 
traditional skills and to keep the same alive for 
generations to come. He also sought to wake up 
non-Aboriginal people to a relationship with the land; 
to foster trust; friendship and empathy between the 
indigenous community and the wider Australian 
and International communities.”
Event details: http://www.goolarabooloo.org.au/lurujarri.html
Event details: http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/lurujarri-heritage-walking-trail-kimberley.htm
WGAR Background to the Walmadan Tent Embassy, WA: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/02/walmadan-tent-embassy-james-price-point-north-of-broome-kimberley-region-wa

Event: 7 to 14 July 2013: various locations in Australia
National NAIDOC Week
The focus city for National NAIDOC celebrations is Perth
Event details: http://www.naidoc.org.au/

Event: 4 August 2013: various locations in Australia
National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day
Event details: http://www.snaicc.org.au/
Event details: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=843
Event summary: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html

Event: 9 August 2013: various locations internationally
International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2005 – 2015
Event details: [scroll down page] http://australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/indigenous-peoples-of-the-world
Event details: http://www.un.org/en/events/

Event: 10 December 2013: various locations internationally
UN International Human Rights Day
Event details: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/education/commemorate_hr_day/index.html
Event details: http://www.un.org/en/events/

Event: 20 December 2013: various locations internationally
UN International Human Solidarity Day
Event details: http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/un/international-human-solidarity-day
Event details: http://www.un.org/en/events/humansolidarityday/

Event: 26 January 2014: various locations in Australia
Sovereignty Day / Invasion Day / Survival Day / Day of Mourning
Event details: http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/history/australia-day-invasion-day
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/46475
Event details: http://www.atsisupport.org.au/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=223015

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130210 – Call for Royal Commission into Native Title: The Wire

Posted in NEWS on 11/02/2013 by D

* The Wire: Call for Royal Commission into Native Title
* Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation: 
FMG’s Native Title “Racism” Unravels
* Background to Mabo and Native Title
* Background to the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC)

* SBS Radionews Audio: 
Listing of Tarkine Indigenous sites welcomed

* Chris Graham At Large: 
Grog is a killer, but it’s far less dangerous than politics

* ABC: Gas hub future unclear after native title dispute
* Hands Off Country: 
Fifteen thousand call on Burke to stop the destruction of 
Aboriginal burial grounds at James Price Point
* Hands Off Country: 
Why Protect The West Kimberley?: Carmen Lawrence
* Respect and Listen: 
Save the Kimberley: Poems by Deborah Wall
* Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign, 
James Price Point, north of Broome, WA

* YouTube: 
Australian Constitution is invalid – Ex-Solicitor Wayne Leonard

* SBS Living Black Audio: Prisons versus Treatments

* Other articles

* THE WIRE: CALL FOR ROYAL COMMISSION INTO NATIVE TITLE

– Audio Interview

The Wire: Call for Royal Commission into Native Title
Produced by Bill Walter
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9992
7 Feb 13: “The long and complicated story of the 
Yinjibarndi people’s tense Native Title negotiation with 
the Fortescue Metals Group has driven the Gerry Georgatos 
of National Indigenous Times to call for a Royal Commission 
into what he believes are racist negotiation tactics. 
Wirlu-Murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation chairman 
turned whistleblower Bruce Woodley last year alleged that 
Fortescue established and funded his organisation as a 
breakaway from the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation. He 
suggested that the breakaway group were then recognised by 
the mining giant as representative of the Yindjibarndi 
people in negotiations. … 
Featured in story: 
Gerry Georgatos – National Indigenous Times”

See: 

About The Wire
http://www.thewire.org.au/about.aspx
“The Wire is a daily current affairs program broadcast 
exclusively on Community and Indigenous radio stations 
around Australia.”

See: 

National Indigenous Times: Exclusive breaking news 
– Native Title bombshell – racism at its worst
http://www.nit.com.au/your-say.html
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2437-native-title-bombshell-racism-at-its-worst.html
6 Feb 13: “Gerry Georgatos. In recent months The National 
Indigenous Times has investigated the long standing divide 
between the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC) and 
the Wirlu-murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation 
(WYMAC). The National Indigenous Times brought to the fore 
two whistleblowers – lawyer Kerry Savas, who worked for 
the WYMAC for 18 months and the Chairman of the Board of 
the WYMAC, their senior most Elder, Bruce Woodley. At the 
same time as these whistleblowers told the nation of 
orchestrated underhandedness by one of the nation’s 
wealthiest resource companies, … “

* YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION: 
FMG’S NATIVE TITLE “RACISM” UNRAVELS

– News

Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation: 
FMG’s Native Title “Racism” Unravels
http://yindjibarndi.org.au/yindjibarndi/?p=2997
6 Feb 13: “Gerry Georgatos of the National Indigenous Times 
writes “abuse and trampling of inalienable rights” in FMG’s 
native title dealings with the Yindjibarndi People is 
racist, and calls for a Royal Commission. This week he 
reports new evidence of intermeddling involving former FMG 
staffer, Michael Gallagher.”

See: 

Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation
http://yindjibarndi.org.au/yindjibarndi/

* BACKGROUND TO MABO AND NATIVE TITLE:

Last updated: 2 January 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/02/background-to-mabo-and-native-title

* BACKGROUND TO THE YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION (YAC):

Last updated: 1 February 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/27/background-to-the-yindjibarndi-aboriginal-corporation-yac

* SBS RADIONEWS AUDIO: 
LISTING OF TARKINE INDIGENOUS SITES WELCOMED

– Audio

SBS Radionews Podcasts: 
Listing of Tarkine Indigenous sites welcomed
By Andrew Bolton
http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/253256/Listing-of-Tarkine-Indigenous-sites-welcomed
8 Feb 13: “The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre has welcomed 
National Heritage listing of Indigenous sites in Tasmania’s 
Tarkine Wilderness region. However, conservationists have 
accused the Federal Government of betraying the environment 
by not listing the entire Tarkine area. Federal Environment 
Minister Tony Burke says he had to draw a line that would 
incorporate natural values without delivering unacceptable 
social and economic outcomes. The protection offered by the 
listing covers only about four percent of the Tarkine or 
just 15,000 hectares out of 434,000. Andrew Bolton 
reports.”

* CHRIS GRAHAM AT LARGE: 
GROG IS A KILLER, BUT IT’S FAR LESS DANGEROUS THAN POLITICS

– Analysis / Opinion

Chris Graham At Large: 
Grog is a killer, but it’s far less dangerous than politics
http://chrisgrahamatlarge.com/2013/02/08/grog-is-a-killer-but-its-far-less-dangerous-that-politics/
8 Feb 13: “THERE’S no question that grog kills a lot of 
Aboriginal people, and destroys a lot of Aboriginal lives. 
It’s a major problem in many communities around the country. 
But for all the damage grog can do to an Aboriginal 
community, it’s nothing compared to the damage wrought by 
politics. … The solution to problems like drinking lie in 
the communities where the drinking occurs. … With 
support, Aboriginal communities have the governance and 
the capacity to make their own decisions.” Chris Graham, 
the former and founding editor of the 
National Indigenous Times, and Tracker magazine

See: 

About Chris Graham
http://chrisgrahamatlarge.com/about-chris-graham/
“Chris Graham is the managing editor and founder of Tracker 
magazine, owned by the mighty NSW Aboriginal Land Council. 
He’s also the former and founding editor of the National 
Indigenous Times (NIT). … Chris has won a Walkley Award 
for Excellence in Indigenous Affairs reporting, a Walkley 
High Commendation, and has twice been awarded the Human 
Rights Award – Print Category for his Indigenous affairs 
reporting.”

* ABC: GAS HUB FUTURE UNCLEAR AFTER NATIVE TITLE DISPUTE

– News

ABC: Gas hub future unclear after native title dispute
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-02-07/native-title-claims-dispute/4507064?&section=news
7 Feb 13: “The Kimberley gas hub is facing further 
uncertainty, with the State Government to face competing 
native title claims over the site. For 15 years, the Jabirr 
Jabirr and the Goolarabooloo people have had a joint native 
title claim over the gas hub land, north of Broome. Two 
years ago, they signed a deal to allow Woodside and the 
State Government to build the LNG precinct. But the 
Goolarabooloo families remain fiercely opposed to the 
project and, after a two-day meeting in Broome, the two 
groups have voted to split up the claim.” Erin Parke

– Related News

National Indigenous Times: 
Phillip Roe says he would die to protect Goolarabooloo Country
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2449-phillip-roe-says-he-would-die-to-protect-goolarabooloo-country.html
7 Feb 13: “Goolarabooloo Senior Law Boss Phillip Roe hopes 
come May Woodside will decide to not proceed with the $40 
billion giant gas hub at James Price Point (Walmandan). If 
the go-ahead is given Mr Roe said he is prepared to die for 
his Country and that hundreds of Goolarabooloo will stand 
their ground. He will never give up the fight.”

National Indigenous Times: Barnett to pull out all stops
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2445-barnett-to-pull-out-all-stops.html
7 Feb 13: “Western Australia Premier, Colin Barnett is 
prepared to block all alternatives to the $40 billion James 
Price Point LNG hub proposal to ensure the hub is built. 
Woodside venture partner, Shell favours a cheaper floating 
LNG distant from the Kimberley’s pristine coastline – this 
story was first broken by the National Indigenous Times 
last year.”

* HANDS OFF COUNTRY: 
FIFTEEN THOUSAND CALL ON BURKE TO STOP THE DESTRUCTION OF 
ABORIGINAL BURIAL GROUNDS AT JAMES PRICE POINT

– News

Hands Off Country: 
Fifteen thousand call on Burke to stop the destruction of 
Aboriginal burial grounds at James Price Point
http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/tony-burke-must-act-now-burial-grounds.html
5 Feb 13: “Woodside were recently granted a Section 18 
permit from the West Australian State Government allowing 
them to destroy or alter the listed Aboriginal heritage 
sites in the area, which contain sacred and burial sites 
important to the traditional custodians, the Goolarabooloo. 
Similar applications in the 1990’s were turned back as the 
sites were deemed too culturally significant, yet there has 
been no indication from the state government as to what has 
changed since then to lessen this significance. 
Spokesperson Errol Roe continued, … “

* HANDS OFF COUNTRY: 
WHY PROTECT THE WEST KIMBERLEY?: CARMEN LAWRENCE

– News and Video

Hands Off Country: 
Why Protect The West Kimberley?: Carmen Lawrence
http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/why-protect-west-kimberley-carmen_3153.html
8 Feb 13: “Watch to the end … and share … everywhere 
” … I say these are their rights as a citizen. As 
citizens of Australia they shouldn’t have to sell off their 
heritage … to break the law. And of course it’s driven a 
wedge through local communities. It’s created a great deal 
of social unrest, and there’ll be more of that in the 
future. The West Kimberley is not a place for sale. It’s 
not a place that we can trash. And I for one don’t want to 
be part of the generation that’s responsible for doing 
that”. And Redhand seconds that!”

* RESPECT AND LISTEN: 
SAVE THE KIMBERLEY: POEMS BY DEBORAH WALL

– Poems

Respect and Listen: Save the Kimberley: Poems by Deborah Wall
[scroll down page] http://www.respectandlisten.org/kimberley/save-the-kimberley.html

* BACKGROUND TO THE SAVE THE KIMBERLEY CAMPAIGN 
– JAMES PRICE POINT, NORTH OF BROOME, WA

Last updated: 4 February 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/22/wgar-news-background-to-the-save-the-kimberley-campaign-james-price-point-north-of-broome

* YOUTUBE: 
AUSTRALIAN CONSTITUTION IS INVALID – EX-SOLICITOR WAYNE LEONARD

– Video

YouTube: 
Australian Constitution is invalid – Ex-Solicitor Wayne Leonard
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aKBbEZciKk
16 Oct 10: “The Australian constitution Wayne Leonard has 
discovered is in fact invalid. Australia is not a sovereign 
nation and remains a colony of the United Kingdom. This 
obviously has massive ramifications, most notably that it 
has never legally been a member of the United Nations 
because it is not in fact a nation meaning that all treaties 
involving Australia are void and invalid. The implications 
of all this are immense, effecting not only Australia but 
New Zealand and Canada.”

* SBS LIVING BLACK AUDIO: PRISONS VERSES TREATMENTS

– Audio Interview

SBS Living Black: Prisons versus Treatments
By Marc Tong
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/253292/t/Prisons-versus-Treatments/in/english
8 Feb 13: “A landmark independent report has found 
rehabilitation centres provides savings and social benefits 
when compared to prisons. An independent report has found 
that savings from using rehabilitation centres instead of 
prisons would be sufficient enough to treat all non-violent 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders. … 
Chair of the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee, 
Nyoongar man Associate Professor Ted Wilkes says funding 
for treatment centres could have come from this savings.”

See: 

WGAR News: Treatment not prison for our mob: 
NACCHO Aboriginal Health News Alerts (7 Feb 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/02/06/wgar-news-treatment-not-prison-for-our-mob-naccho-aboriginal-health-news-alerts

* OTHER ARTICLES: 

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: 
http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/am-8-02.mp3
8 Feb 13: “* The federal Opposition Leader says that while 
governments may spend a lot of money on specific programs 
to help Aboriginal and Islander Australians….. there’s 
not enough personal engagement to see how the programs are 
impacting on them….where they actually live in the real 
world.
* A day after the Prime Minister delivered her Close the 
Gap Statement to Federal Parliament the leader of a 
Foundation delivering Aboriginal residential healing 
programs to youth at high risk  has travelled to Canberra 
to try and meet with the Ms Gillard about funding cuts to 
the essential program.”