Melbourne events: Fragile First Impressions + 'Utopia' screenings + Film Real: Black Screen: 'Buckskin'

Melbourne and Victoria Aboriginal rights events for your diary

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New Events: Reconciliation Week 27 May - 3 June 2014: Kew, Melbourne, Vic
Fragile First Impressions:
A Threatened Archive of Indigenous Reportage
The Daley Gallery
"Trinity Grammar and Warddeken Land Management invite
you to an informal afternoon of floor talks and musical
performance on Sun 1 June 2014."
1 June 2014: Welcome address from Dr Michael Davies.
* Warddeken Land Management Director Terah Guymala,
* Exhibition Curator Peter Cooke,
* Professor Marcia Langton, Melbourne University.
"Singer songwriter and leader of Arnhem Land’s Nabarlek Band, Terah Guymala,
will perform original songs celebrating Warddeken culture, past and present."
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Updated Events: 27 May until 3 June 2014: various locations in Australia
National Reconciliation Week
"It is a time to celebrate and build on the respectful
relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander people and other Australians."
"National Reconciliation Week is framed by two
key events in Australia’s history, which provide
strong symbols for reconciliation:
* 27 May 1967- the referendum ...
* 3 June 1992 - the Mabo decision ... "
Reconciliation Australia
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Updated Events: 31 May 2014; 2, 28 June 2014:
Various locations around Australia including:
Melbourne, Australia SBS Television, Swinburne University Vic, Ryde NSW
John Pilger's documentary film, 'Utopia'
"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
All screenings of 'Utopia':
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'Utopia' film reviews: & &
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New Event: 3 June 2014: Melbourne, Vic
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) illicit drug summit
"The summit has been organised by NACCHO in response
to a request from members to hold a one day event to
discuss the impact of illicit drugs (in particular ice) use
by clients and evidence based interventions available
for services to utilise in responding to this issues relating
to this use."
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Event: first Thursday of each month: Brunswick, Melbourne, Vic
Indigenous Social Justice Association - Melbourne (ISJA Melbourne)
Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month
Venue: Solidarity Salon
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Event: 4 - 6 June 2014: Melbourne, Vic
What works: doing it our way:
National Indigenous drug and alcohol conference (NIDAC)
Organised by National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC)
"NIDAC 2014 aims to highlight approaches that are working
to reduce the harmful effects of alcohol and other drugs and
its associated harms among Indigenous Australians. ...
It is expected that many of the delegates who attend the
conference will predominantly be those who are working
to address harmful Indigenous drug and alcohol use."
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Event: Tue 10 June 2014: Footscray, Melbourne, Vic
Film Real: Black Screen, June
Screening: 'Destiny in the Dirt' and 'Buckskin'
Venue: Footscray Community Arts Centre Basement Theatre
"The story of Buckskin is like many young Aboriginal men,
Jack Buckskin grew up not knowing his traditional language
and culture, as it had been driven almost to extinction a
hundred years ago. Living on the edge of Adelaide,
a life-changing event set him on a new path."
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Updated Event: 24-26 June 2014: Melbourne, Vic
NACCHO 2014 Healthy Futures Summit:
Investing in Aboriginal community controlled health makes economic sense.
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
"The summit aims to showcase and demonstrate how economically
valuable the Aboriginal community controlled health services (ACCHS)
are. NACCHO would like to demonstrate to the government
at this summit how investing more in ACCHS is the best
way of promoting better health more employment, more
jobs and greater community economic benefits."
NACCHO: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
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New Event: NAIDOC week 3 July - 10 August 2014: Footscray, Melbourne, Vic
Let Love In
Launch: Thu 3 July 2014
Venue: Footscray Community Arts Centre Gabriel Gallery
"An exhibition of works from Wemba- Wemba/Gunditjmara
artist Paola Balla, featuring images, words, installations
and photographs exploring the relationship between
spiritual disease, colonisation, collective trauma and the
transformation of a Black Sovereign Woman, from
survivor and victim to healed and healer."
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New Event: NAIDOC week 3 July - 10 August 2014: Footscray, Melbourne, Vic
Scattered Tribes: Rising Smoke
Launch: Thu 3 July 2014
Venue: Footscray Community Arts Centre Roslyn Smorgon Gallery
"Elders and community members of the West in collaboration
with artists Ngardarb Riches and Liss Gabb, explore the
making of community through stories from the past."
"Scattered Tribes: Rising Smoke will also to feature individual
works by Ngardarb Riches, a Bardi/DJawi / Karajarri woman
from the West Kimberly coast, now based in Maribyrnong."
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Updated Event: 6 to 13 July 2014: various locations in Australia
National NAIDOC Week
2014 NAIDOC Week to honour Indigenous men and
women who have fought in defence of country
"The National NAIDOC Committee said:
"From our warriors in the Frontier Wars to our warriors
who have served with honour and pride in Australia’s
military conflicts and engagements across the globe.
"We proudly highlight and recognise the role they have
played in shaping our identity and pause to reflect on their
sacrifice. We celebrate and honour their priceless
contribution to our nation.""
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Event: 20 - 25 July 2014: Melbourne, Vic
The International AIDS Conference
"The International AIDS Conference is the premier gathering
for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers,
persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to
ending the pandemic. It is a chance to assess where we are,
evaluate recent scientific developments and lessons learnt,
and collectively chart a course forward."
AIDS 2014 & Indigenous Pre-conference Australia
Thursday 17 - Saturday 19 July in Sydney, Australia
Registration and Scholarship Application System now open
for the International Indigenous Pre-Conference on HIV & AIDS
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Welcome to International Indigenous Working Group on HIV and AIDS:

Event: 6 - 8 August 2014: Melbourne, Vic
Australian otitis media conference (OMOZ)
"OMOZ is a way to link the otitis media research community
in Australia and the region to support collaborative efforts
and share resources."
Category: Indigenous
Registrations close Tuesday 8 July 2014
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Event: Tue 12 August 2014: Footscray, Melbourne, Vic
Film Real: Black Screen, August
Screening: 'Ten Canoes'
Venue: Footscray Community Arts Centre Basement Theatre
"Ten Canoes is a ground-breaking glimpse into aboriginal life
centuries before European settlement. Shot in and around the
Arafura Wetlands of Central Arnhem Land, Rolf de Heer and
the People of Ramingining have created a pioneering and
timeless tale for all people and cultures."
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Event: 19 - 20 September 2014: Melbourne, Vic
Healing ways: art with intent symposium
"This symposium seeks to explore the role of art in
promoting emotional healing and wellbeing in
Aboriginal communities."
Confirmed speakers include:
* Judy Atkinson
* Philip Watkins
* Maree Clarke and Robyne Latham
* Kent Morris
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New Event: 1 - 4 October 2014: Yuroke, Melbourne, Vic
Science and traditional knowledge: foundations for a strong future.
Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association (AIDA) conference
Venue: Aitken Hill Conference Centre
"The Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association
has the pleasure of inviting abstracts for AIDA's
2014 Conference."
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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."
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See also:

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."

All screenings of 'Utopia'

Sovereign Union Community Gatherings

SNAICC News and Events

Australian Human Rights Commission Events

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet - Conferences, workshops and events

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!!! Important Updates !!! Breakfast Send Off and Camp Sep 1st, Planning Circle Aug 30th
First Nations Womens ceremonial walk for freedom
Update on the send off breakfast venue. Venue has changed to Coburg Lake Reserve
The breakfast BBQ will be at 7-30 am. Come and give the walkers a great send off!
Walk starts from the cnr of Murray & Champ street, Pentridge Prison. It's going to be easier to walk and is significant with the prison as a landmark. Please bring a plate to share. The bbq's are next to the carpark.
2. Then walk off down Sydney Road 13 kilometres out to the first camp spot for the night on the left hand side of the road over Cooper Road near the caltex road house.
Supporters from Melbourne are encouraged to come and visit or camp on the first night, or longer.
3. Saturday 30th August , 12pm onwards. Edinburgh Gardens (near playground and bbqs), St. Georges Rd, North Fitzroy Planning circle, banner painting and open mic
Everyone welcome, including kids!
First Nations women are walking from Melbourne to Canberra starting in Melbourne, on the 1st of September.
Why?? Because the sisters, aunties, mothers and grandmothers have been witness long enough to the pain and suffering, hopelessness and despair of our people and homelands through the systematic Genocide of our people by forcing conditions of life upon them resulting in the Physical mental emotional spiritual harm of a group of people.
We have seen enough of the self medicating blocking out from our trauma and grief and becoming dysfunctional. We need our own healing camps and safe places for the community to come to in times of despair.
We have seen enough of the poverty in our communities when the rest of Australia are growing rich on the proceeds of Genocide through the loss of our homelands through real estate and mining.
We are saying to this government and it’s agents including our own people: “To Set Our People Free From Bondage to an Alien Law system that is not of our own choosing..
We are bound by the first law for this old country and that is creator spirit/Gods Universal Rule of Natural Law.”
The most Omnipotent Law of all Laws it is the superior Law the Supreme Law to any man made rule of law system.
We are requesting an audience with the Ministers in Parliament with a list of issues that we are claiming back as the Sovereigns to our homelands and water ways.
For more information please contact Myself Susan Rankin