WGAR News: Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia - 44 events from 20 March 2013

Newsletter date: 20 March 2013

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Event: Tue 19 - Thu 21 March 2013: Redfern, Sydney, NSW
Preparatory Meeting for Pacific Indigenous Peoples on the
World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014
Co-hosted by:
* National Congress of Australia's First Peoples; and
* New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council;
in collaboration with the
* Indigenous Peoples Organisations (IPO) Network of Australia
and * Global Coordinating Group
"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and
Indigenous peoples from the Pacific are invited
to attend a preparatory meeting in Sydney in the
lead up to the World Conference on Indigenous
Peoples in 2014."
"The aim of the meeting is to determine what key
human rights issues and strategies Indigenous
Peoples from the Pacific Region would like to
table for discussion at the 2014 world conference."
Event details: https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/56983

Event: 20 March 2013: Ultimo, Sydney, NSW
Symbolism, is it enough?
"As the movement towards constitutional recognition
gains momentum, we ask is symbolism enough?
Get the lowdown from key Indigenous voices
on an issue that affects us all.
And have your say during the Q and A."
Moderator: Miriam Corowa, ABC News 24
Tanya Hosch, Recognise
Peter Dawson, Youth Activist
Jody Broun, National Congress
Luke Pearson, Educator/Social Commentator
Event details: http://newsroom.uts.edu.au/events/2013/03/symbolism-is-it-enough

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

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
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:
* Rosealee Pearson, Yirrkala, NT
* Sue Gillett, Bankstown Aboriginal activist and STICS member
* Ray Jackson, Indigenous Social Justice Association
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Event details: http://nsw.greens.org.au/content/march-21-rally-against-racism
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10151391541035141&id=1...
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-the-Intervention-Collective-Sydney/10...
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/355507234562134/#!/events/355507234562134/
Poster: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/1...
Flyer: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Redfern-Waterloo/attachments/folder/733234...
STICS Statement: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/53557
STICS info: http://stoptheintervention.org/
ISJA info: http://www.isja-msg.com/index.htm
News: http://www.southsydneyherald.com.au/stronger-futures-fundamentally-racist/
WGAR Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-...
WGAR Background to 'Stronger Futures' new NT Intervention laws: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-stronger-futures-new-nt...
WGAR Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment...
WGAR Background to the justice for Kumentjaye Briscoe campaign: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-the-justice-for-kumentj...

Event: 22 March - 20 April 2013: Parap, Darwin, NT
Cross Art Projects's exhibition:
Ghost Citizens: Witnessing the Intervention
Hosted by: 24HR Art
Opening at 6pm Fri 22 March 2013
"Ghost Citizens: Witnessing the Intervention
is about the removal of citizen rights by the
Federal Government Intervention in the Northern Territory
(2007 to 2012) seen through the practices of
Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists."
"Ghost Citizens looks at the return to protectionist
policy and the willful diminishing of an
Indigenous participatory voice
- the loss of citizenship rights;
of the right to homelands;
and self-determination."
"Vernon Ah Kee, Alison Alder, Bindi Cole,
Fiona Foley, Dan Jones, Chips Mackinolty,
Fiona MacDonald, Sally M Mulda, Amy Napurulla,
Brendan Penzer, Deborah Vaughan, Jason Wing.
Curator Djon Mundine OAM with Jo Holder"
Event details: http://www.24hrart.org.au/programs.html
WGAR Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-...

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."
Interviews with Manawangku traditional owners Isobel Phillips & Doris Kelly: http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=10023
Beyond Nuclear Initiative (BNI): http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/2013/02/12/nuclear-waste-in-the-spotl...
Amnesty International Australia: http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights
Event details: http://lightgallery.ccp.sa.edu.au/?event-items=fringe-2013-manuwangku-un...
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
Tennant & District Times: http://www.tennantcreektimes.com.au/story/1303825/nuke-waste-in-focus-mu...
WGAR Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump in NT: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-proposed-muckaty-nu...

Event: Sat 23 March 2013: Sydney, NSW
Message Sticks Festival: Free Films Saturday
"Saturday Film Screenings are a chance to catch
some of the best flicks about indigenous issues"
"... Each screening will be followed by a Q&A with
guest speakers."
"Such as director Steven McGregor, whose film,
Croker Island Exodus, documents the
5000-kilometre journey made to Sydney, by foot,
canoe and truck, by 95 Stolen Generation children
and their missionary carers as they fled the
Japanese bombardment of Darwin in 1945."
"Or Coniston co-director David Batty, whose acclaimed
hybrid docu-drama has won acclaim for its searing
depiction of Australia's "last massacre" of Aboriginal
people in 1928 - and the way it allows their descendants
to speak with authority about one of the darkest
moments in our history."
"Finally, a worthy screening of the 1992 film
Black Man's Houses offers a glimpse of Tasmanian
history and the fight by its Aboriginal community to
lay claim to the gravesites of their ancestors on
Flinders Island in Bass Strait."
Event details: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/whatson/saturdayfilms2013.aspx
Event details: http://www.theblackbook.com.au/whatson_detail.asp?id=975&si=0&mi=3&yi=2013

Event: Sun 24 March 2013: South Brisbane, Qld
The Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy - 1 Year Strong!
Corroboree
First Nations gathering: All welcome!
Flyer: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=167969003353278&set=p.1679690033...
Events details: [scroll down page] http://antarqld.org.au/node/219
WGAR Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereig...

Event: Sun 24 March 2013: Sydney, NSW
Message Sticks Festival: Free Films Sunday
"The evening session kicks off with the
multi-award-winning short film Apekathe,
written and directed by Steven McGregor,
joined in a Q&A at the end of the screening by
Message Sticks Festival Artistic Director
Rhoda Roberts."
"Meaning "fair skin" in the Arrente language,
Apekathe examines how Aboriginal people are
judged by their colour and why it's vital that white
Australia is aware of the importance of
indigenous identity."
Event details: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/whatson/sundayfilms2013.aspx
Event details: http://www.theblackbook.com.au/whatson_detail.asp?id=976&si=0&mi=3&yi=2013

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: 27 March 2013: Acton, Canberra, ACT
Seminar: Aborigines and the economic history
of Australia in the early colonial period
Presented by Boyd Hunter
Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
Australian National University
"This seminar includes a brief overview
of the economic pre-history of Australia
and the experiences of first contact between
Aboriginal society and the outside world. ... "
Event details: http://caepr.anu.edu.au/Seminars/13/Seminar-Topics%E2%80%94Series-1/27_3...

Event: Thu 28 March to Sun 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 event will be held on:
* 1 April at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy
Special events will be held at Belconnen Arts Centre:
* Sat 6 April - Performances by Aboriginal artists
including Roger and Buddy Knox and Bart Willoughby
* Sun 7 April - Exhibition Floor Talk
* Sun 14 April - Exhibition program by Euroka Gilbert
Event details: http://www.belconnenartscentre.com.au/whatson/idohaveabelief.html
Event details: http://www.canberra100.com.au/calendar/view/751/i-do-have-a-belief---kev...
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/i-do-have-a-belief-%E2%80%94-kevin-gilbert-1933-...
eBooks by Kevin Gilbert (1933 - 1993) Launching soon 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-sovereig...

Event: Ongoing: Canberra, ACT
Exhibition now showing:
First Australians - Resistance
"The lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
peoples were profoundly changed by the arrival
of British colonists in 1788. Lives were lost
and land taken as the colonisers attempted to
impose new social, economic and religious
orders. ... "
"Indigenous people responded in a variety of ways.
Some fought back with weapons. Others
developed different strategies to survive this
new and hostile presence."
"Here we present four of these stories."
National Museum of Australia
Event details: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/first_australians/resistance

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/ite...
Diane Fieldes, Aboriginal rights campaigner: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php/program/featured-speakers/ite...
Allyson Hose, campaigner against the NT Intervention: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php/program/featured-speakers/ite...
Kim Bullimore, anti-racism campaigner: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php/program/featured-speakers/ite...
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...
More about the Embassy: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-16/indigenous-protesters-urge-soverei...
WGAR Background to expansion of Olympic Dam mine challenge: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/13/background-to-expansion-of-olympic-da...
WGAR Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereig...

Event: Thu 4 April 2013: Brunswick, Melbourne, Vic
Next Public Meeting:
Indigenous Social Justice Association - Melbourne:
http://www.isja-msg.com/index.htm
"During 2013, ISJA will meet the
first Thursday of every month."
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/53659

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: Sat 6 April 2013: Brunswick, Melbourne, Vic
Help Solidarity Salon Stand Up for the Burrup!
"The Burrup Peninsula needs your support.
Located in the Pilbara region, it contains the
world’s largest and most important collection
of ancient petroglyphs, or rock carvings.
This collection, contains over a million images,
and is so detailed that individual species can be
identified. The oldest engravings were created
35,000 years ago and only a fraction has
been properly catalogued."
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/489881674409228/

Event: Mon 8 April 2013: Chippendale, Sydney, NSW
Meaningful Movies:
The Secret Country - The First Australians Fight Back
"Amnesty NSW and the Demand Dignity Network
invite you to a free screening of John Pilger’s
seminal documentary, The Secret Country-
The First Australians Fight Back. Examining the
history of the persecution of Indigenous Australians,
this 1985 film explores issues that are still
pertinent to current dialogue surrounding
Indigenous people’s rights in Australia."
"A special guest speaker will introduce the
film and be available for discussion afterwards."
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/31334/

Event: Fri 12 April 2013: Mornington, Vic
Our Generation: Movie and speaker night
"Our Generation is a ground-breaking new
documentary on indigenous Australian rights
and you can see it at this movie and
speaker night at Mornington Library."
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/vic/event/31294/
About the film: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about
Film Reviews: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/24/our-generation-film-reviews

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
Event details: http://www.theblackbook.com.au/whatson_detail.asp?id=925&si=0&mi=3&yi=2013
Commonwealth Games Demonstrations- Brisbane 1982: http://www.kooriweb.org/foley/images/history/1980s/82games/gamesppdx.html

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: 27, 28 April 2013: Canberra, ACT
National Corroboree
* Bringing our warriors together * Uniting our strength
* Asserting our sovereignty * Stepping up the fight
First Nations Gathering - All Welcome
* workshops * men’s circle * women’s circle * youth circle
Aboriginal Tent Embassy Canberra
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/images/2013/gatherings/corroboree.jpg

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 May to 16 Jun 2013: Queensland
Play: Mother Courage and Her Children
Presented By QPAC & Queensland Theatre Company
"Bertolt Brecht's epic morality tale about the
ravages of war is given a unique twist by
Queensland Theatre Company Artistic Director
Wesley Enoch and Paula Nazarski in a
dazzling new translation."
"With an all-Indigenous cast, this fresh spin on
Brecht's play delicately folds in themes of
land ownership, the impact of mining
and the stolen generation."
Event details: http://www.qpac.com.au/event/Mother_Courage_13.aspx
Event details: [scroll to bottom of page] http://antarqld.org.au/node/219

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---kev...
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
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

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-...
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 details: http://www.clc.org.au/articles/info/national-native-title-conference-ali...
Event summary: http://www.theblackbook.com.au/whatson_detail.asp?id=985&si=0&mi=3&yi=2013
Event summary: [scroll down page] http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html
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
Early Bird Registrations are now open (closes on 29 March): http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1002

Event: Fri 7 June 2013: Adelaide, SA
149th 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: 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-walkin...
WGAR Background to the Walmadan Tent Embassy, WA: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/02/walmadan-tent-embassy-james-price-poi...

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-peop...
Event details: http://www.un.org/en/events/

Event: 28 September 2013: Melbourne, Vic
Melbourne - Thirty Years But Still No Justice!
National Day of Action to Stop Aboriginal deaths in custody!
Remember John Pat and the hundreds
who have died in custody since!
"Support these demands made by John Pat’s mother,
Mavis Pat:
* An apology from the WA government for my son’s death in custody
* An ex-gratia payment as compensation
* That the police officers involved need to be brought to
account and a re-opening of the coronial inquiry
into my son’s death ... "
Organised by:
Indigenous Social Justice Association - Melbourne
Event details: http://isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/232079390250476/

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-...
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/46475
Event details: http://www.atsisupport.org.au/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=223015

Event: 13 February 2014: various locations in Australia
National Apology Day
Event details: http://www.nsdc.org.au/events-info/the-apology-to-australias-indigenous-...
Event summary: http://www.atsisupport.org.au/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=223021

See also:

Creative Spirits: Aboriginal calendar
http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/history/aboriginal-cal...
"When you look at the events which are significant to
Aboriginal people you’ll notice that their recent history
is one of a fight for rights, land and recognition.
It is also a history of sadness, loss and denial."

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