Newsletter date: 20 April 2015
* Frontier Wars Homepage: Sovereign Union: The Undeclared Frontier Wars: http://sovereignunion.mobi/content/frontier-wars
* Upcoming Event: Indymedia Australia: Anzac Day 2015 - Undeclared Frontier Wars Remembrance March - Canberra - ACT
* Upcoming Event Flyer: Sovereign Union - Gatherings / Events: http://sovereignunion.mobi/content/gatherings-events
* Current Event: Peacebus: Frontier War Storytelling Camp 2015 at Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Canberra
* Media Release: Michael Anderson, Sovereign Union: ANZAC Day - for those who served in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations
* Videos: Sovereign Union: Undeclared Frontier Wars Anzac Day Commemoration Videos [Anzac Day Marches 2011, 2012 & 2013]
* Video: akaWACA, YouTube: Frontier Wars Remembrance, Aboriginal ANZAC day, Canberra 2014
* Event Analysis: Ray Jackson, Sovereign Union: ANZAC day: Black Diggers buck the given history of "white men's business"
* Analysis / Opinion: Padraic Gibson, Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Journal, UTS: Imperialism, ANZAC nationalism and the Aboriginal experience of warfare
* Audio & Video: Sovereign Union: 50 Aboriginal trackers left behind after the Boer War
* WGAR Background to the Aboriginal Sovereignty Movement
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WGAR News - Working Group for Aboriginal Rights (Australia)
- Frontier Wars Homepage
Sovereign Union: The Undeclared Frontier Wars
"We remember all the First Nations people who died in defence of their lands during the colonial invasion.
We also remember the people who were massacred or died in concentration camps with genocidal intent.
- Why the number of First Nations deaths in the frontier wars matters
- Australian War Memorial should recognise the Frontier Wars: Researcher"
- Upcoming Event
Indymedia Australia: Anzac Day 2015 - Undeclared Frontier Wars Remembrance March - Canberra - ACT
"First Nations and Peoples to bring banners identifying the place and time their people were massacred/murdered/poisoned and by whom
Gather 10.30am Saturday, Anzac Day 25 April 2015; Corner Anzac Parade and Constitution Avenue, Canberra
We also invite supporters to carry banners for those who are unable to be present. We emphasise that this is a silent parade in empathy with the solemnity of the day, wearing black. ... Our action is highlighting a fact. It is not a protest
Contact: Michael Anderson, Convenor, Sovereign Union of First Nations and Peoples in Australia"
- Upcoming Event Flyer
Sovereign Union - Gatherings / Events: Canberra - Undeclared Frontier Wars Remembrance & March - ANZAC DAY
- Current Event
Peacebus: Frontier War Storytelling Camp 2015: 15 - 25 April 2015 at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Old Parliament House Lawns, Canberra
"The Camp will be welcoming to anyone and everyone, black and white, with a Frontier Wars story to tell and/or ears to hear. The invitation to participate has been put out to Aboriginal mob all around Australia and to historians and history teachers too. The Camp will have formal storytelling sessions which will be advertised. The Camp will also offer lots of opportunities for informal storytelling around multiple campfires and in multiple shade marquees. ... "
- Media Release
Michael Anderson, Sovereign Union: ANZAC Day - for those who served in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations
23 Apr 12: "Michael Anderson answers the recent criticisms of the proposed respectful march of recognition of Aboriginal people who died in defence of their lands during the colonial invasion and the deaths suffered at the hands of people with genocidal intent." Mr Anderson said from Dubbo NSW today
"Aboriginal people who died in defence of their lands during the colonial invasion and the deaths suffered at the hands of people with genocidal intent are remembered by all Aboriginal people, particularly in areas where bodies have been left on open ground all those years ago and are now commemorated by sun-beached bones and unmarked graves, which represent the human toll by an inhumane society.
The unjustified criticisms by politicians and the Returned Services League (RSL) clearly shows the denial of Australian authorities of the reality of injustice perpetrated against Aboriginal people. ...
In conclusion, we are calling upon the RSL and the government to locate all the families of Aboriginal service men and women and put head stones on the grave sites of these brave people, just as they do with non-Aboriginal people.
We further call upon the state and federal governments to work with Aboriginal people to establish historical memorial sites, with the advice of Aboriginal people, to identify the massacre sites during the colonial invasion. We need these areas to be excised as places of remembrance and protected by law. ... "
Sovereign Union: Undeclared Frontier Wars Anzac Day Commemoration Videos
[Anzac Day Marches 2011, 2012 & 2013]
"The 2013 March in Canberra on ANZAC Day to commemorate the Undeclared Frontier Wars and the losses of First Nations people who laid down their lives protecting their families, clans and nations across the Australian continent. ...
A group of Aboriginal people and supporters marched in Canberra behind the 11:00am march on Anzac Day 25 April 2012. They marched to commemorate the losses in the Undeclared Frontier Wars across the Australian continent. ...
This is a cut of the 2011 ANZAC Day video above - providing footage of the March day only - see footage of the vigil below. ... "
akaWACA, YouTube: Frontier Wars Remembrance, Aboriginal ANZAC day, Canberra 2014
29 Apr 14: "Indigenous Australians march to commemorate fallen Aboriginal soldiers who served in Australia's war battles and importantly also to commemorate the many thousands of Aboriginal people killed during the British colonisation of Australia, known as the Australian Frontier Wars. Sadly Indigenous Australian's sacrifices to defend their country are largely unnoticed and unrecognised. ...
Voice Over: Darren Bloomfield
Music: Changes, Winniata Puru (Uncle Winnie)
Thanks to Aunty Risa"
- Event Analysis
Sovereign Union: ANZAC day: Black Diggers buck the given history of "white men's business"
29 Apr 14: "I must admit to a proven ambivalence towards ANZAC Day and the celebration or commemoration of that day. Like all school children of my vintage we were taught that ANZAC Day was nothing less than sacred when our brave soldiers, sailors and airmen saved us from the Japanese peril and the fascism of Hitler. Of course there was absolutely no mention of any Aborigines or Torres Strait Islanders who fought and no recognition of women either. This war was men's business - white men's business. ... " Ray Jackson, a Wiradjuri man and president of the Indigenous Social Justice Association. He is based in Redfern Sydney. Ray has devoted decades to the campaign to Stop Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Ray is tireless in investigating and supporting Aboriginal families whose members are in custody or incarcerated. Ray actively participates in other parts of Aboriginal people's ongoing struggle in this country.
- Analysis / Opinion
Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal Vol 6, No 3 (2014)
Imperialism, ANZAC nationalism and the Aboriginal experience of warfare
Padraic Gibson, University of Technology Sydney, Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning
"Abstract: Aboriginal protest played a key role in undermining the celebratory settler-nationalism of the bicentennial in 1988. In the lead up to another major nationalist mobilisation, the centenary of the Gallipoli invasion on ANZAC Day 2015, extensive official efforts are being made to incorporate Aboriginal experiences into the day, through celebration of the role of Aboriginal people who served in Australia’s armed forces. ... "
- Audio & Video
Sovereign Union: 50 Aboriginal trackers left behind after the Boer War
"Between 1899 and 1902, fifty Aboriginal black trackers were summonsed by the British forces in South Africa to join the Boer war effort. Griffith University's Indigenous research fellow, Dr Dale Kerwin said that the black trackers came from all over the country but very little else is known about them. He claims they were left behind at the end of the war in 1902 because they were denied re-entry into Australia under the Immigration Protection Act, known as the White Australian Policy."
WGAR Background to the Aboriginal Sovereignty Movement
(last updated: 17 April 2015)
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WGAR: Working Group for Aboriginal Rights (Australia)
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