Newsletter date: 6 December 2014
* Audio Interview: Perth Indymedia: Tauto Sansbury and Rosalie Kunoth-Monks on the "Freedom Summit" a gathering of grassroots Aboriginal community leaders
* Analysis / Opinion: Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: "Much will change" - the Freedom Summit is the hope of the people - from Willair to everywhere
* Analysis / Opinion: Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Delegation will lead sit-in on Canberra - The Freedom Summit
* News: National Indigenous Times (NIT): Freedom Summit to converge on Canberra on Invasion Day
* Audio: Gerry Georgatos, NIRS: 'Sit-in' planned at Parliament House in January
* Audio: Gerry Georgatos, NIRS: Justice advocate calls for more First Nations' summits
* Audio: Gerry Georgatos, NIRS: NSWALC Chair backs Freedom Summit
* Audio: Gerry Georgatos, NIRS: Dissatisfaction triggering more people to stand up: Monica Morgan
* News: Amy McQuire, New Matilda: "I Will Not Be Swallowed Up Into The Constitution": Rosalie Kunoth-Monks
* Editorial: Amy McQuire, New Matilda: An Open Letter To Readers From Amy McQuire
* Photos: CAAMA: The Faces of Freedom ... Alice Springs 2014
* Audio Interview: Donna Campbell, CAAMA: Yorta Yorta Share Their Message at Summit [Featuring Monica Morgan]
* Audio Interview: Lorena Walker, CAAMA: Jenny Munro talks on Women’s Business [Featuring Jenny Munro]
* Audio Interview: CAAMA: More voices of the Summit [Featuring Elaine Peckham & Maurie Japarta Ryan]
* Audio: CAAMA News 1-12-14 [Featuring Tauto Sansbury, Michael Mansell & Roxley Foley]
* Audio: CAAMA News 2-12-14 [Featuring Monica Morgan]
* News: 4ZZZ: Statement released from aboriginal freedom summit
* Background: WGAR News: Communique from The Freedom Summit: Old Bungalow, Mparntwe (Alice Springs, NT) 27-28 November 2014
* Background to 'The Freedom Summit': Alice Springs 27 - 28 November 2014
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement
* Background to Treaties with Aboriginal Sovereign Nations of Australia
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Background to 'The Freedom Summit': Alice Springs 27 - 28 November 2014: https://indymedia.org.au/2014/11/29/background-to-the-freedom-summit-ali...
- Audio Interview
Perth Indymedia: Tauto Sansbury and Rosalie Kunoth-Monks on the "Freedom Summit" a gathering of grassroots Aboriginal community leaders
2 Dec 14: "Perth Indymedia speaks to esteemed elder of South Australia's Narrunga people Tauto Sansbury and [nominated] Australian of the Year, leader of the Utopia homelands Rosalie Kunoth-Monks on the "Freedom Summit", the most significant gathering of grassroots Aboriginal community leaders in recent history which was held in Alice Springs."
- Analysis / Opinion
The Stringer: "Much will change" - the Freedom Summit is the hope of the people - from Willair to everywhere
3 Dec 14: "On October 9, I received a phone call from a senior Narrunga Elder, Tauto Sansbury – from South Australia – who discussed with me his idea to call a continental summit; the bringing together of the legitimate leaders of the First Peoples. He wanted to rebuild the Aboriginal body politic from the comical farce represented by the Indigenous Advisory Council. Mr Sansbury has life-long campaigned for the rights and betterment of his people. In this last year he has despaired more so than ever before “at the attacks on our people and the erosion of what little rights and hopes we had left.” He woke up in the middle of the night with an idea - "the reclamation of the Aboriginal rights struggle"" Gerry Georgatos, a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner, a multi-award winning investigative journalist
- Analysis / Opinion
The Stringer: Delegation will lead sit-in on Canberra - The Freedom Summit
3 Dec 14: "They gathered at the Old Bungalow at Mparntwe (Alice Springs) from across the continent and for two days in the centre of this continent, those at the Freedom Summit spoke of the continuing tragedies and attacks against their people and of the ways forward. A delegation of 20 was endorsed by the Freedom Summit to mobilise around it the First Peoples of this continent to stand up united and reclaim the "Aboriginal Rights Struggle". In the meantime, the Federal Government has responded to the Summit’s organisers with the offer of a meeting. But on January 26, the delegation will converge on Canberra - and begin a sit-in right outside Parliament. Thousands will join them, and in so doing, so will the world’s press." Gerry Georgatos, a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner, a multi-award winning investigative journalist
National Indigenous Times (NIT): Freedom Summit to converge on Canberra on Invasion Day
3 Dec 14: "They came from all across the continent. Leaders, the true leaders of the Nations and clans of First Peoples from every State and Territory were there and for two days they spoke and debated how best to bring together all First Peoples to regain their rights. More than 250 First Peoples attended the Summit for Freedom at the Old Bungalow at Mparntwe (Alice Springs) and the leaders demonstrated a form of democracy the... "
NIRS: 'Sit-in' planned at Parliament House in January
2 Dec 14: "A major First Nations summit in Alice Springs has led to the decision to hold a 'sit-in' on the lawns of the Federal Parliament in Canberra commencing on January 26. ... Mr [Roxley] Foley says delegates and supporters will travel to as many communities as possible around the country to mobilise support for the 'sit-in'" Gerry Georgatos, Correspondent
NIRS: Justice advocate calls for more First Nations' summits
3 Dec 14: "A leading Koori social justice advocate is calling for more First Nations rights summits in cities across Australia. ... Mr [Ray] Jackson says the best way to mobilise support for the 'sit-in' is to hold more summits." Gerry Georgatos, Correspondent
NIRS: NSWALC Chair backs Freedom Summit
2 Dec 14: "The head of Australia's biggest member-based Aboriginal organisation has thrown his support behind last week's First Nations Freedom Summit in Alice Springs. ... New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council Chair, Ngiyampaa and Wiradjuri man Craig Cromelin (pictured), led a strong contingent from his group to the summit. ... " Gerry Georgatos, Correspondent
NIRS: Dissatisfaction triggering more people to stand up: Monica Morgan
4 Dec 14: "A long-time rights advocate says an upsurge of activism among the First Nations is partly due to dissatisfaction with Indigenous representation at a national policy level. ... Ms Morgan, a former Amnesty International rights advocate, says she was positive about the outcomes of the summit." Gerry Georgatos, Correspondent
New Matilda: "I Will Not Be Swallowed Up Into The Constitution": Rosalie Kunoth-Monks
2 Dec 14: "A 'Freedom Summit' held by Firsts Nations groups has come to an end, with a communiqué calling for self-determination and sovereignty. Amy McQuire reports. The mainstream media remains fixated on constitutional reform, but First Nations from across the country want to talk about something different: sovereignty, land rights and self-determination, and a new summit is hoping to kick-start a movement to reclaim the debate. Arrernte-Alyawarra elder Rosalie Kunoth-Monks says Aboriginal peoples across the country don’t have time to deal with the debate around constitutional recognition when we are fighting for rights." By Amy McQuire, a senior reporter with New Matilda. She's the former editor of Tracker magazine and the National Indigenous Times.
New Matilda: An Open Letter To Readers From Amy McQuire
5 Dec 14: "Why I write for New Matilda, and why we need your support.
Dear NM reader,
I’ve always had a great respect for New Matilda, especially because it is one of the only media outlets in Australia consistently reporting from a human rights perspective. That’s why I was excited to join NM’s growing team earlier in the year. Aside from my respect for the work of past editors, I was also excited to join the publication because of the desire of new editor Chris Graham to significantly boost coverage of Aboriginal affairs, and ... "
CAAMA - Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: The Faces of Freedom.....Alice Springs 2014
3 Dec 14: "Aboriginal elders and leaders from across Australia gathered in Mbantua Alice Springs for a two-day gathering to discuss ongoing impacts of Government policies on their people and how they can best work together to provide a unified voice to lead them into the future. The gathering has elected a committee to take important issues back to communities prior to the election of an Aboriginal National Body."
- Audio Interview
CAAMA - Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: Yorta Yorta Share Their Message at Summit
1 Dec 14: "Monica Morgan travelled from Country Victoria to be part of the 2014 Freedom Summit. She has been campaigning for the Rights of Australia First Peoples for over 30 years and shares her views on Aboriginal Rights with CAAMA Radio." Donna Campbell
- Audio Interview
CAAMA - Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: Jenny Munro talks on Women’s Business.
2 Dec 14: "Jenny Munro a proud Wiradjuri women shares her views on Aboriginal rights, the struggle and what she hopes to see in the future. Jenny attended the Freedom summit that took place at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station in November."
- Audio Interview
CAAMA - Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: More voices of the Summit
2 Dec 14: "The Freedom Summit held on the 27th and 28th of November at the Old Telegraph Station attracted Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders from across the country in a show of unity. First Nations Political Party founder and Aboriginal rights campaigner Maurie Japarta Ryan and Central Arrernte Mbantua woman Elaine Peckham were two who voiced their concerns and presented their views to the summit."
CAAMA - Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: CAAMA News 1-12-14
1 Dec 14: "A powerful message to Prime Minister Tony Abbott from Freedom Summit held in Alice springs… you can’t make police without approval from Aboriginal people…. and all policies dealing with Aboriginal people…. must be based on self-determination. The two-day gathering held in Mbantua Alice Springs has seen the election of a 21 member working committee from across the nation which summit organiser Tauto Sansbury says will move forward and do greater things because it is coming from a grass-roots level."
CAAMA - Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: CAAMA News 2-12-14
2 Dec 14: " ... The lack of interest and mainstream media coverage of the two day Freedom Summit held in Alice Springs last week has again highlighted a general disinterest in Aboriginal and TSI Australians push to engage in meaningful discussion with Governments. ... "
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"The Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) began operations in 1980 and was the first Aboriginal group to be allocated a broadcasting license. ... CAAMA produces media products that engenders pride in Aboriginal culture, while informing and educating the wider community of the richness and diversity of the Aboriginal peoples of Australia."
4ZZZ: Statement released from aboriginal freedom summit
3 Dec 14: "A Freedom Summit of more than 100 representatives of indigenous communities has come to an end in Alice Springs, ending by issuing a statement about what was discussed. ... "
New Matilda: Communique From Alice Springs Freedom Summit
By Freedom Summit Delegates
2 Dec 14: "After meeting at the Old Bungalow, Mparntwe (Alice Springs, NT) on 27 and 28 November 2014, a group of First Nations peoples have issued the following communique, printed here in full. ... "
WGAR News: Communique from The Freedom Summit: Old Bungalow, Mparntwe (Alice Springs, NT) 27-28 November 2014
2 Dec 14: "Contents:
* Communique from The Freedom Summit: Old Bungalow, Mparntwe (Alice Springs) 27-28 November 2014
* Photo: Freedom Summit delegates 2014 image
* Video: CAAMA: Aboriginal Australia Declared Sovereign!
* Video: CAAMA: Freedom Summit forms new national body, declares sovereignty
* Media Release: Ghillar Michael Anderson, Sovereign Union: Leadership is the great challenge for Freedom Summit delegates - as 'The Gap' widens
* Video: Eleanor Gilbert, Vimeo: Monica Morgan, Yorta Yorta speaking at Freedom Summit, Mpartwe, Alice Springs
* Video: Eleanor Gilbert, Vimeo: Alison Anderson at Freedom Summit
* Audio: Gerry Georgatos, NIRS: Interim Indigenous delegation selected at Freedom Summit
* Audio: Warren Barnsley, NIRS: Representatives handpicked by Government not welcome: Summit delegates
* Audio: Warren Barnsley, NIRS: Freedom Summit hears Indigenous Advisory Council frustration
* Audio Interview: Cassandra Tim, National Indigenous Radio's 'Weekly News-in-Review' [Featuring Michael Mansell]
* News: Amos Aikman, The Australian: Aboriginal leaders gather in Alice Springs for 'freedom summit'
* Background: WGAR News: First Peoples' freedom summit: Late Night Live, ABC RN [Interviews with Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, Michael Mansell & Tauto Sansbury]
* Background: WGAR News: National 'Summit for Freedom' Alice Springs [Thu & Fri 27-28 November 2014]: Facebook
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement
* Background to Treaties with Aboriginal Sovereign Nations of Australia"
Background to 'The Freedom Summit': Alice Springs 27 - 28 November 2014
(Last updated: 2 December 2014)
Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement
(Last updated: 29 May 2014)
Background to Treaties with Aboriginal Sovereign Nations of Australia
(Last updated: 13 May 2014)
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