Canberra events: Celebrating Apology & 50 years of AIATSIS + John Pilger's documentary film, 'Utopia'

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Event: 12 February 2014: Acton, Canberra, ACT
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Celebrating National Apology & 50 years of AIATSIS with a sea of hands
"AIATSIS (Australian Institute of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Studies) and ANTaR
are celebrating the anniversary of the National Apology
and 50 years of AIATSIS with a large, colourful
sea of hands on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin
at Acton Peninsula."
"We would like your help to create the sea!"
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Event: 13 February 2014: 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."
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Event: 31 January - 16 February 2014: Belconnen, Canberra, ACT
Farming without fences - how Aborigines made Australia - Helen S. Tiernan
Exhibition opening: Friday 31 January
Meet the artist: Sunday 9 February
Venue: Gallery - Belconnen Arts Centre BAC
"Inspired by The Biggest Estate on Earth
- How Aborigines made Australia by Bill Gammage,
the artist explores the different ways the land is viewed
and managed by the ‘new comers’ and by the First
Australians. Native flora and fauna, colonial interiors
and the land’s inhabitants serve as symbolic references
in this new body of work."
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Updated Event: 21 February & 16 March 2014: Canberra, ACT
John Pilger's documentary film, 'Utopia'
The Arc Cinema
Includes Q&A with John Pilger
"When I began filming this secret Australia 30 years ago,
a global campaign was under way to end apartheid in South Africa.
Having reported from South Africa, I was struck by the similarity
of white supremacy and the compliance and defensiveness of
liberals. Yet no international opprobrium, no boycotts, disturbed
the surface of "lucky" Australia." John Pilger, Guardian
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New Event: Opening Thu 27 February 2014: Canberra, ACT
John Pilger's documentary film, 'Utopia'
Venue: Palace Electric
"Utopia, John Pilger’s new film set for release (in the United Kingdom)
in November, examines the worsening oppression of Aboriginal
people in Australia." Paddy Gibson, an associate producer of Utopia
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New Event: Wed 26 - Fri 28 March 2014: Canberra, ACT
AIATSIS will be holding its biennial Indigenous Studies Conference with the theme
'50 years on: Breaking Barriers in Indigenous Research and Thinking'
National Convention Centre, Canberra
"This conference will begin the 50th year celebrations by
recognizing how far we have come in the area of
Indigenous studies in Australia in the past 50 years."
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Updated Event: 23 November 2013 to 18 May 2014: Parkes, Canberra, ACT
I’ve Been Working On The Railway
National Archives of Australia
Curated and toured by: The Workshops Rail Museum
"Through the 1950s, 60s and 70s, there were large scale
developments of rail infrastructure across Australia.
In the hot and dusty environments of the inland north,
it was a common scene to find Torres Strait Islanders,
Australian South Sea Islanders and Aboriginal people
working long and hard in the hot sun."
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Event: 22 November 2013 to 20 July 2014: Canberra, ACT
Exhibition: On Country: Connect, Work, Celebrate
Venue: National Museum of Australia
"On Country: Connect, Work, Celebrate is an inspiring
exhibition that showcases contemporary Indigenous
land and sea management practices across Australia."
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New Event: 6 December 2013 to 20 July 2014: Canberra, ACT
Old Masters: Australia's Great Bark Artists
Venue: National Museum of Australia
"The National Museum of Australia holds the largest
collection of bark paintings in the world. Don’t miss
your chance to see specially selected barks on display
in this stunning exhibition, which celebrates the genius
of Australia’s master bark artists."
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Event: Thu 4 - Fri 5 September 2014: ANU, Canberra, ACT
"Potential presenters are invited to submit a paper abstract before 31 January 2014"
Engaging Indigenous Economy Conference
Engaging Indigenous Economy: Debating Diverse Approaches
A conference at The Australian National University
Presented by the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
"Conference will coincide with the retirement from CAEPR
of its founding Director, Professor Jon Altman."
"Since the late 1970s Jon has researched Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander economic practices."
" ... the Conference will engage with the themes of
Jon's research across a variety of disciplines, including
comparative modern hunter-gatherer studies;
economic hybridity and alternate development;
land rights, native title and mining; and
sustainable land-based indigenous livelihoods."
"Potential presenters are invited to submit a paper abstract before 31 January 2014"
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Updated Event: Now Open [as of 7 Feb 14]: 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."
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Event: Ongoing: Canberra, ACT
Exhibition now showing:
First Australians - Resistance
Venue: National Museum of Australia
"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."
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See also:

ANTaR ACT Homepage

ANTaR ACT Events
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CAEPR ANU - Current Seminars

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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