WGAR News: Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia - 34 events from 15 November 2013

Newsletter date: 15 November 2013

WGAR events postings for each State and Territory: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/03/about-wgar-news-wgar-events-postings

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Event: Now Open [as of 14 Nov 13]: Parkes, Canberra, ACT
Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House
"The Insurgence exhibition explores art, with all its
revolutionary potential, deployed as a platform for politics."
"The museum welcomes all voices in the House-
Insurgence is the voice of proppaNOW. Insurgence builds on
the 80 year tradition of bringing difficult and important
questions to the steps of Parliament House and reinforces
the message that there is no better platform for politics than art."
"The exhibition features the work of Vernon Ah Kee,
Gordon Hookey, Jennifer Herd, Laurie Nilsen, Megan Cope,
Tony Albert and Richard Bell-artists from the proppaNOW collective,
along with former proppaNOW member Andrea Fisher."
"proppaNOW is an artists’ collective formed in 2004 to provide
mutual support for a number of Brisbane-based Aboriginal artists."
Event details: http://moadoph.gov.au/exhibitions/insurgence/
NITV News: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/10/23/old-parliament-house-exhib...

Event: Fri 15 November 2013: University of Melbourne, Vic
From Cold War to Hot Planet:
A symposium on 50 years of Arena's contribution to Australian cultural and political life
Sponsored by:
* the Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne and
* Arena Publications
"The Australian Centre and Arena are also working on an
electronic anthology of articles that illustrate the diversity
and importance of the Arena archive, and Arena Publications
is planning a special edition of Arena Journal in 2014
examining Arena’s editorial outlook and development." The Arena Editors
"Keynote speakers: Raewyn Connell and Humphrey McQueen"
"Speakers: Jon Altman, Judith Brett, Verity Burgmann, Alison Caddick,
Justin Clemens, Simon Cooper, Ann Curthoys, John Docker,
John Hinkson, Melinda Hinkson, Paul James, Beryl Langer,
Race Mathews, Lorraine Mortimer, Geoff Sharp, Nonie Sharp,
Richard Tanter, John Wiseman, Doug White."
Event details and registration: http://alumni.online.unimelb.edu.au/s/1182/index.aspx?sid=1182&gid=1&pgi...
Event summary: [scroll down page] http://alumni.online.unimelb.edu.au/s/1182/3col.aspx?sid=1182&gid=1&pgid...
Event details: http://arena.org.au/event/from-cold-war-to-hot-planet/
Event summary: http://arena.org.au/
" ... the evening is bound to include considerable discussion on the Intervention" WGAR News reader
WGAR Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-...

Event: Sat 16 November - Thu 5 December 2013: Footscray, Melbourne, Vic
My Sacred Place
Opening & Artist Talk: 2pm - 4pm Sunday 1 December
"Working with the Indigenous community of Melbourne’s west
led by local visual artist and curator Maree Clarke,
a Mutti Mutti, Boon Wurrung and Yorta Yorta, woman
the community will be given the opportunity to explore notions of
appropriation of lands, conversion of places and alienation of
locations and pay tribute to a multicultural and globally oriented world."
Artists: Maree Clarke, Adriana Stadler, Franca Stadler, Alice Haener and Pia Zanetti
Footscray Community Arts Centre
Event details: http://footscrayarts.com/access-blog-event/my-sacred-place/

Event: Tue 19 November 2013: Hobart, Tas
Annual EPOCH (End Physical Punishment of Children) oration
Guest Orator and Welcome to Country by
Postgraduate Lecturer on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health at the University of Wollongong in NSW
Former Chair of the National Sorry Day Committee,
Chair and Founder of the Stolen Generations Alliance
Former Deputy Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation
Event details: http://www.taslawsociety.asn.au/news/EPOCH%20Tasmania.pdf

Event: Wed 20 November 2013: Wodonga, Vic (Near border with NSW)
Indigenous Use of Fire forum
"This is a rare opportunity to learn about how fire was
used by the first Australians to shape the environment
and how Traditional Knowledge could be applied to
current management practices. Forum speakers include
Prof. Bill Gammage, author of the multi-award winning
"Biggest Estate on Earth", ethnobotanist Dr Beth Gott
and Dr Fred Cahir, author and senior lecturer in
Indigenous studies at Ballarat University."
Event details: http://northeast.landcarevic.net.au/kiewa/events/indigenous-use-of-fire-...

Event: Thu 21 November 2013: Wollongong, NSW
Illawarra Aboriginal Solidarity Group launch and film night
"The Illawarra Aboriginal Solidarity Group will celebrate
its launch with a special screening of two films
- Spirit of the Warriors and We Come From the Land."
Event details: https://www.greenleft.org.au/events/55364

Event: Thu 21 November 2013: Webinar & Melbourne CBD, Vic
Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) are hosting a webinar on 21 November 2013
After the Intervention:
The ongoing challenge of ensuring the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children in the NT
"Following a brief review of the circumstances leading up to and
during the Intervention, the presentation will review the available data
on safety and wellbeing, starting with the vexed issue of the
sexual abuse of Aboriginal children - the ostensible trigger for the Intervention."
Event details: http://www.aifs.gov.au/cfca/events/bath/index.html
Event details: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1248
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1917711360457166850
WGAR Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-...
WGAR Background to Campaign against Forced Aboriginal Adoption in the NT: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/07/03/background-to-keeping-them-home-campa...

Event: 23 - 24 November 2013: Canberra, ACT
Next Sovereign Union National Meeting
"Saturday 23 November 2013
9 - 9.45am: Registration of delegates, observers and media at Aboriginal Embassy, includes morning tea
10 am: Start in House of Representatives, Old Parliament House, Canberra
(NB: no-one can be admitted without registration)"
"Sunday 24 November 2013
at Aboriginal Embassy, Canberra
9am: Work-shopping issues identified from the previous day"
"People need to be reminded that the delegations can only consist of
an Elder, a youth and delegation leader, that is three from each Nation."
"Day 1 - Old Parliament House - Day 2 - Aboriginal Tent Embassy"
Saturday 23 November 2013 ...
A. Welcome and Introductions
All delegate leaders to present a 2 minute introduction:
a. naming your Nation
b. why you are here?
c. what are your expectations?
B. Sovereignty and Self-Determination in International Law ...
C. Aboriginal Sovereignty v Native Title ...
D. Declaring Sovereign Independence ...
E. Unification of Sovereign First Nations within Australia ...
F. Developing International Relations ... "
Event details and Agenda: http://www.sovereignunion.mobi/content/2013-gathering-nations-canberra-a...
Event details and Agenda: http://www.sovereignunion.mobi/node/771
Event details and Agenda: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/2013-gathering-nations-canber...
Event details and Agenda: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/pdf/2013/131031-SU-MR-Gathering%20of%...
Additional Agenda items: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/return-our-peoples-remains-co...
Large Flyer for printing: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/pdf/2013/2013-november-gathering-flye...
Flyer: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/images/2013/gatherings/nov13-SU.jpg
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/pdf/2013/MA-SU-media%20release-21Oct1...
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/calling-all-aboriginal-nation...
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/758
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/community-gatherings
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/community-gatherings?qt-gathe...
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/michael-anderson-returns-un-s...
WGAR Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement and the Aboriginal tent embassies: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereig...

Event: 25 November 2013: Acton, Canberra, ACT
The 2013 Annual ANU Reconciliation Lecture
2013: Patrick Dodson 'The road to reconciliation:
Some reflections on the politics and challenges of reconciliation'
"Each year, a renowned Australian is invited to speak publically
on the topic of reconciliation. As 2013 is the 10th anniversary of
the Annual ANU Reconciliation Lecture, we have invited
Professor Patrick Dodson, who gave the inaugural lecture
in 2004, to present this year's anniversary lecture."
Event details: http://ncis.anu.edu.au/events/
Event details: http://ncis.anu.edu.au/events/reconciliation_lect.php#2013

Event: 25 - 27 November 2013: Cairns, Qld
2013 National Indigenous Health Conference:
Many Pathways, One Outcome
"The 2013 National Indigenous Health Conference 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."
"The conference philosophy is based upon the principles
of sharing knowledge and information that can be adapted
and implemented in other communities within Australia. ...
this event is also based on the principle that Aboriginal
health needs to be seen and catered for in a holistic way."
"Indigenous Health Conference is convened as a private
joint venture made up of Indigenous members from
several countries."
Event details: http://www.indigenoushealth.net/
Agenda: http://www.indigenoushealth.net/proposedagenda.htm
Guest Speakers: http://www.indigenoushealth.net/guestspeakers.htm
Latest News: http://www.indigenoushealth.net/latestnews.htm

Event: 26 November - 1 December 2013: North Melbourne, Vic
Beautiful One Day
" ... a poignant and timely examination of the history of oppression on Palm Island."
Ilbijerri Theatre Company
Event details: http://ilbijerri.com.au/productions/project/beautiful-one-day/
Event details: http://www.theblackbook.com.au/whatson_detail.asp?id=1107&si=0&mi=11&yi=...

Event: 2 to 6 December 2013 (5 days): West End, Brisbane, Qld
5 day Workshop for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander service providers who support
members of the Stolen Generations and their families
Venue: Queensland and Islander Health Council
Event details: http://www.marumali.com.au/marumali-training-workshops
Event details: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1211

Event: Thu 5 December 2013: Brunswick, Melbourne, Vic
Next Meeting: Indigenous Social Justice Association - Melbourne
"During 2013, ISJA will meet the first Thursday of every month."
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm

Event: Fri 6 December 2013: Adelaide, SA
155th 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."
Organiser: Roma Mitchell Community Legal Centre
Event details: http://antarsa.auspics.org.au/
Background to the Candle Light Walk: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~rmclc/CandleLightWalkHistory.htm

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: Ongoing: Cherbourg Aboriginal community, S-E Qld
The Ration Shed Museum
"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: http://rationshed.com.au/
Museum Hours and Pricing: http://rationshed.com.au/museum-hours-and-pricing

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: Permanent Exhibition: Melbourne, Vic
Bunjilaka: First Peoples
"Told through the voices of Victoria's First Peoples,
and utilising cutting-edge multimedia, Aboriginal language,
artefacts and contemporary artworks, First Peoples;
will tell the story of Aboriginal Victoria from the time of
Creation to today.
First Peoples will celebrate the history, culture,
achievements and survival of Victoria's Aboriginal people."
"First Peoples is a permanent exhibition on display at the
Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum."
Event details: http://museumvictoria.com.au/bunjilaka/whatson/current-exhibitions/first...
Event details: http://museumvictoria.com.au/bunjilaka/visiting/first-peoples/
Event details: http://www.theblackbook.com.au/whatson_detail.asp?id=1120&si=0&mi=10&yi=...
Event details: http://www.theblackbook.com.au/whatson_detail.asp?id=1120&si=0&mi=9&yi=2013

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: 10-14 Feburary 2014: Sydney, NSW
The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) and Oxfam Australia will be holding an
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Youth Human Rights and Advocacy Summit
"Are you a young Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person aged 18-25?
Are you passionate about positive change in your communities?
Are you passionate about the rights of your mob?
Do you want to know more about human rights and why it's important to you?"
"Applications close Friday 6 December 2013."
Event details: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1255

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

Event: 17-18 March 2014: Melbourne, Vic
Marumali workshop for non-Aboriginal service providers
"Marumali is holding a two day workshop on 17-18 March 2014
in Melbourne for non-Aboriginal service providers who work with
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander survivors of Australia's removal policies."
Event details: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1247
Welcome to Marumali: http://www.marumali.com.au/

Event: 20 March 2014: various locations in Australia
National Close the Gap Day
Event details: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1250
Event summary: http://www.atsisupport.org.au/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=223027
Event details: http://humanrights.gov.au/social_justice/health/index.html
Event details: https://www.oxfam.org.au/explore/indigenous-australia/close-the-gap

Event: 21 March 2014: various locations internationally
UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Event details: http://www.un.org/en/events/racialdiscriminationday/
Event details: http://www.un.org/en/events/

Event: 18 May 2013 to 21 April 2014: South Bank, Brisbane, Qld
Voice and Reason
Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)
"Since the colonial era, Indigenous artists have been
actively examining the conversations and conflicts
involving their ancestors and settlers in Australia.
Their works affirm the place of their peoples' cultures
in these interactions with different histories and beliefs."
Event details: http://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/exhibitions/current/voice_and_reason
Event summary: [scroll down page] http://antarqld.org.au/node/238
Event details: http://www.theblackbook.com.au/whatson_detail.asp?id=1003&si=0&mi=10&yi=...
Event details: http://www.theblackbook.com.au/whatson_detail.asp?id=1003&si=0&mi=8&yi=2013
Event details: http://www.theblackbook.com.au/whatson_detail.asp?id=1003&si=0&mi=7&yi=2013
Event details: http://www.theblackbook.com.au/whatson_detail.asp?id=1003&si=0&mi=6&yi=2013
Event details: http://www.theblackbook.com.au/whatson_detail.asp?id=1003&si=0&mi=5&yi=2013

Event: 26 May 2014: various locations in Australia
National Sorry Day
Event details: http://www.nsdc.org.au
Event details: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/news/events/national-sorry-day
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 2014: 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
WGAR Background to Mabo and Native Title: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/02/background-to-mabo-and-native-title

Event: 3 June 2014: various locations in Australia
Mabo Day
Event details: http://www.mabonativetitle.com/home.shtml
NIRS: 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: 28 - 30 July 2014: Cairns, Qld
2014 Indigenous Women Conference
"This conference is scheduled to be held at the
Pullman Cairns International Hotel in Cairns,
Queensland on July 28 - 30, 2014 as back-to-back
event with the Indigenous Men Conference which
presents a unique opportunity for women to participate
in an event which is devoted to the sharing of
information and the empowering of women."
Event details: http://www.indigenoushealth.net/2014indigenouswomen.htm

Event: 28 - 30 July 2014: Cairns, Qld
2014 Indigenous Men Conference
"This conference is scheduled to be held at the
Pullman Cairns International Hotel in Cairns,
Queensland on July 28 - 30, 2014 as back-to-back
event with the Indigenous Women Conference which
presents a unique opportunity for men to participate
in an event which is devoted to the sharing of
information and the empowering of men."
Event details: http://www.indigenoushealth.net/2014indigenousmen.htm

Event: 9 August 2014: various locations internationally
International Day of the World's Indigenous People
Event details: http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/un/international-day-indigenous-people
Event details: [scroll down page] http://australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/indigenous-peop...
Event details: http://www.un.org/en/events/

Event: 14-17 September 2015: Perth, WA
6th SNAICC National Conference
SNAICC: Secretariat of National Aboriginal & Islander Child Care
"The SNAICC National Conference will now be held every two years and
we hope you can lock in 14 to 17 September 2015 dates into your
2-year plan and look forward to our Perth conference as much as we are."
"This year's [2013] conference was our largest to date attracting over
1100 registrants who had the opportunity to participate in a diverse
program of over 70 con-current sessions that covered a wide range of topics
addressing the needs of Aboriginal ad Torres Strait Islander children and families."
Event details: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1227
2013 post-conference report online: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/dsp-default.cfm?loadref=67

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Creative Spirits: Aboriginal calendar
"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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