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Wednesday, 22 November

04:01

Jillaroos take on Canada today in womens Rugby League World Cup "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

CAITLIN Moran and Nakia Davis-Welsh have been rotated out of the Jillaroos team to take on Canada this afternoon in the final pool game at the womens Rugby League World Cup. Maddie Studdon will get a chance to impress in the No 7 jersey with Moran not named in coach Brad Donalds 17 for the game at Endeavour Field, in Sydneys south. Moran and Davis-Welsh are two of four Indigenous players in Australias World Cup squad the others being Rebecca Young and Lavina OMealey. Moran all but locked down the halfback spot after starring in the Jillaroos 38-0 demolition of England last Sunday. In just her second game at No 7, Moran and halves partner Ali Brigginshaw combined to pilot the reigning world champions to a convincing win over England at Endeavour Field.

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Tuesday, 21 November

23:29

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Monday, 20 November

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Tuesday, 14 November

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Tuesday, 11 July

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Saturday, 01 July

02:58

An Independance Day Special Screening of PAX AMERICANA by Producer, Jay April "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

PAX AMERICANA is a short film depicting the end of Desert Storm in 1991. At that time, the US government staged Desert Storm Victory parades in dozens of US cities. Gen. William Westmoreland proclaimed a great PAX AMERICANA that would last a thousand years! We knew better. This prophetic little documentary was hailed provocative by

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Friday, 30 June

04:26

A SPECIAL SCREENING OF PAX AMERICANA by Jay April Independance Day Special! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

A Must See for True Patriots!  After Desert Storm Headlines a Special Independence Day Program at Akak Upstairs! PAX AMERICANA is a short film depicting the end of Desert Storm in 1991. At that time, the US government staged Desert Storm Victory parades in dozens of US cities. Gen. William Westmoreland proclaimed a great PAX AMERICANA

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Friday, 23 June

04:08

Learn an Easier Way to Make a Short Film and Successfully Submit it to Film Festivals. "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Lucas Zarro is a young filmmaker, screenwriter and actor. He has  experience both in front of and behind the camera. His strengths are in production of Music Videos, Short Films, Feature Films, Documentaries, and Commercials. Lucas created a short film process from pre-production to post-production and is anxious to share it with us. Presentation: Lucas will discuss

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Tuesday, 13 June

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Tuesday, 09 May

07:07

URGENT: Senate could back native title amendments Indigenous rights under threat! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Friends,

Once again, the Government is coming after our lands. We dont have much time.

Now that Parliament is back for the budget sitting, the Government will try again to curb our rights by fast-tracking amendments to native title laws through the Parliament.

The Governments rushed changes to the Native Title Act arrive in front of the Senate this week. They are due to vote tomorrow.

Native title is about more than mining interests, and changes to the law must be about progress in rights and justice for our peoples. But instead we have seen Malcolm Turnbull, on his recent trip to India to visit Gautam Adani, making it about fixing Native Title for the mining billionaire.

After successfully fending off George Brandis bill in the last sitting, with the enormous help of 6,500 of our supporters, we have worked to turn back these unacceptable changes.

Brandis has been holding closed-door meetings with some CEOs of native title services and representatives of the mining industry, to stitch together the appearance of consultation with native title interests.

A host of characters, from the Queensland government, unions, Newscorp, local government mayors, the National Party and the Deputy PM, have tried to strong-arm Opposition leader Bill Shorten into guaranteeing the bills passage.

The Government and Adani continue to propagate the lie that all that is needed for Adani to overcome its final hurdle the rights of Wangan and Jagalingou traditional owners is for the Native Title Act amendment bill to pass tomorrow.

The Labor Opposition is now under huge pressure to line up and pass the changes and we can see that crass inducements of steel contracts for South Australia are being dangled in front of the Xenophon Team to get their votes as insurance.

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03:20

Senate should not reward Brandis native title bill scam "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

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Proper consultation with Indigenous Leaders needed

Adani shouldnt determine Native Title reform agenda 

The Attorney General George Brandis has cut corners and conducted a shabby consultation process on the Native Title Bill to be debated in the Senate this Wednesday, failing to include Traditional Owners across Australia, say Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners fighting Adanis coal mine in Central Queensland.

Senior spokesperson for the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council, Mr Adrian Burragubba said, The Attorney General has whipped up a false sense of urgency so he can push through this Bill, which is designed for everyone but the Traditional Owners whose rights it is meant to uphold.

Brandis has engineered a cursory and limited consultation process which is grossly inadequate for amendments which will have such a significant and long term impact on our rights.

One short public consultation hearing in Brisbane, and some closed door meetings with some CEOs of native title services and representatives of the mining industry, is an insult when considering the national reach of this Bill.

The Labor Party, who were the original architects of native title laws under Prime Minister Paul Keating, understood that good native title laws are built on direct consultation with a broad group of Aboriginal leaders, and are meant to right an historic wrong.

We are encouraged by reports that the Opposition, in this 25th anniversary year of the Mabo decision, is troubled by the Governments handling of this Bill, and...

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Sunday, 07 May

15:33

Adanis final hurdle is W&Js rights "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

The Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, on behalf of the Government and a host of pro-Adani interests, continues to propagate the lie that all that is needed for Adani to overcome its final hurdle the rights of Wangan and Jagalingou people is for the Native Title Act amendment bill to be passed in the Federal Parliament next week. After all, Malcolm Turnbull told Gautam Adani that its taken care of.

Joyce, in inimitable National Party style, is preempting the Parliament on the passage of proposed amendments to the Native Title Act, and preempting Court decisions on the consequences for Adani. But then, the Nationals never were very good on the separation of powers, due process and the rule of law. Maybe thats why Adani Mining looks so good to them.

Even if the bill does eventually go through, theres the matter of our legal action in the Federal Court against Adanis sham agreement. The passing of the Bill wont fix that. And thats the con.

We know the Government has been working furiously behind the scenes, and we know they are exploiting the doubt and uncertainty they themselves created after the Federal Court reverted to the law and overturned business as usual for miners.

We know that all sorts of pressure is on Labor to line up and pass the changes and can see that crass inducements of steel contracts for South Australia are being dangled in front of the Xenophon Team to get their votes as insurance.

None-the-less, we will continue to state our case to the Parliament to the end. There are many grounds on which this bill should not be passed next week and a proper process of law reform adhered to instead.

We will maintain our litigation against any registration of Adanis purported Indigenous Land Use Agreement, which lacks the consent of the Trad...

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Thursday, 04 May

00:25

Federal Resources Minister, Senator Matt Canavan, is misrepresenting Wangan and Jagalingou people again "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

 

Federal Resources Minister, Senator Matt Canavan, is misrepresenting Wangan and Jagalingou people again, as he and his National Party leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, come down hard on Westpac. The big four bank announced a new policy which cuts Adani out of any future lending.

It would be laughable if it wasnt so serious, the National Party talking climate action and Aboriginal rights, and giving economic advice to a commercial bank. Here is the great pork barreling, coal burning and anti-land rights party of Australian history arguing for Aboriginal advancement, and lecturing banks on climate policy and how to do business.

All part of doing Adanis bidding of course Chairman Gautam Adani, made an unannounced visit to Queensland this weekend to reassure politicians the decision would have no impact on plans for the multibillion-dollar mine. He met with Canavan.

Quid pro quo, no doubt, for the Federal Government bending over backwards to change the Native Title Act to suit Adanis interests.

Canavan of course, like Mundine the week before, trotted out the convenient fiction as cover for trashing Aboriginal rights. Canavan claims Westpac have also turned their back on the indigenous peoples of Queensland by this decision, because this mine in the Galilee Basin is supported by the Wangan and Jagalingou peoples. They met last year and voted on the mine, they voted on the mine 294 to one in support of it, yet thats not good enough for Westpac, he claimed in The Australian.

Westpac didnt make a decision based on Aboriginal rights one way or the other. W&J was the last thing on its business mind, sadly.

But one more time for the record

Adani didnt negotiate and achieve the free prior informed consent of the...

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Monday, 24 April

10:41

Mundine reduces Aboriginal land rights and First Nations treaties to a fantasy business transaction "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

 

 

In his opinion piece, Activists undermine principles of self-determination [1], 20 April 2017, Warren Mundine makes exaggerated, false and misleading comments. As his views still gain considerable national attention as the former head of the Prime Ministers Indigenous Advisory Council [2], it is necessary for us to respond.

While we agree that making your own decisions and controlling your own destiny is something for which Indigenous people long campaigned Mundine does much to undermine this premise in his article. His uninformed characterisations of the Wangan and Jagalingou situation regarding the proposed Adani Carmichael mine do us and our campaign for self-determination a great disservice.

Our forebears, like many others, pursued sources of self-determination, like land rights. We too celebrate Koiki Eddie Mabos achievement to gain recognition of his peoples fundamental and original right to the land and seas on which theyd lived and subsisted since time immemorial.

But to then build an argument on Mabos legacy, as Mundine does, and say that the Native Title Act in its present form is fostering Indigenous economic participation by allowing traditional owners to use land as an economic asset, is ludicrous. He fails to position the importance of traditional lands in the full spectrum of Indigenous values and uses (not just economic and extractive relations to resources), alongside the manifest failures of the Native Title Act to deliver anything remotely like land rights for most Aboriginal people.

His elevation of the role of businesses in empowering Traditional Owners through Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs) compounds the folly. And to go further...

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Wednesday, 12 April

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Tuesday, 11 April

23:54

Adani faces strong Indigenous fight despite s66B court outcome "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

 

Members of the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council say there is nothing in todays court decision on the Native Title Act Section 66B application that will stop them in their fight against Adani in the courts.

Senior spokesperson for the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council, and member of the existing Applicant, Mr Adrian Burragubba said, The decision today shows how vulnerable the rights of Traditional Owners are when they dont agree to the destruction of their country by big miners like Adani.

Adani has actively worked to divide our community, undermine our representatives, and register a sham agreement with our people to pave the way for the destruction of our lands and waters.  

Todays judgment is one we will seek leave to appeal. We believe its a hollow judgement that ignores important elements of the full bench decision in McGlade regarding the role of native title Applicants on behalf of the claim group.

We are unhappy with Justice Reeves exercise of discretion, which takes as fact matters which are the subject of other litigation regarding the purported Adani ILUA. While we respect that the judge has our native title claim in mind, we also believe the judge was mistaken in thinking todays decision allows the W&J people to successfully prosecute its land claims.

This may suit Adanis interests, but it is bad for our native title, our people, and our lands and waters, he said.

Youth spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Ms Murrawah Johnson, said, Adani are pretending this mine is inev...

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Tuesday, 07 February

03:31

Pat Ansell Dodds talks about Treaty "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

You can see Pat Ansell Dodds talking about the need for a treaty here, filmed in February 2017 at Telegraph Station.


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Saturday, 04 February

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Tuesday, 24 January

15:24

Invasion Day January 26 2017 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

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MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 INVASION DAY SOLIDARITY STAND IN MBANTUA  JANUARY 26 2017

 

There will be a rally in Mbantua Alice Springs on the courthouse lawns from 10am to midday on Thursday January 26. There will be a minutes silence at midday.

 

Natasha Craigie-Braun, a local Arrernte woman  said

We were never recognised in the Constitution, but where are our human rights? We are enslaved by a system that we do not understand. Thats why we are still continuing the fight from our forefathers.

 

In the Northern Territory we have experienced the tortures in Don Dale youth detention, deaths in custody and the disproportionate rates of incarceration. This year marks 10 years of the Intervention which legislated targeted racism. What has improved? More people in jail, more people without work, more children being taken away, more services cut. The laws on grog are a joke. The exploitation of Indigenous labour is slavery. Overcrowded substandard housing remains dire.

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Thursday, 12 January

02:46

10 years of the intervention is too long "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

After 10 years of the intervention there are more people unemployed, more people incarcerated, and more children being taken away. Overcrowded housing persists. Land has been acquired through intergenerational leases by the government, and the basics card has been rolled out into the wider community. Barb Shaw is calling out to people to come together for a convergence in Alice Springs 24 26 June 2017 to discuss these and strategise together.

See her call out here:


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Wednesday, 07 December

01:13

Safeguard the Racial Discriminate Act "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

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Tuesday, 15 November

09:34

Join with community representatives from the Pilbara and Goldfields who are fighting against uranium mining projects "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

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Hi Everyone..

There is two very special events in Fremantle & Perth this week, so if you are in the area make sure you come down to hear the voices and meet some of the Traditional Owners from the areas that are being targeted for Uranium mining in Western Australia.

We will also be doing a special screening of the short film Walking for Country  by Reza Nezamdoust on the Walkatjurra Walkabout.

Now more than ever we need your support to keep WA uranium free.

Please come to these two amazing events and bring your family and friends.

Community Voices and Action for a Nuclear Free WA.

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Wednesday, 09 November

04:36

Renewed attack on race hate protections is pure ideology "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, ANTaR, expressed disbelief that government has established an inquiry to try to undermine protections against race hate.

Andrew Meehan, ANTaR National Director, said that the community had spoken very clearly in 2014 the last time government tried to wind back race hate protections, and government should take heed.

Certain sections of the media, a few cross benchers, and members of the right of the coalition dont like race hate protections but the Prime Minister and Attorney General should show some backbone and stand up for decency against those ideologues, he said.

Mr Meehan noted that the MPs and commentariat calling for changes to Section 18C of the Racial Discriminations Act, not only ignore the fact that it is qualified by Section 18D, but are people who will never be the targets of racial discrimination.

Why are those people the experts on why protection against racial discrimination is not needed, and what is it that they are wanting to say that is not allowed under the Act? he asked.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience racial discrimination all the time. In fact, the State of Reconciliation report released earlier this year found that 33 per cent of Aboriginal and TorresStrait Islander people had experienced verbal racial abuse in the six months before the survey, he said.

The people attacking the protections against race hate should cease trivialising this experience which has very real impacts on health and wellbeing and the relationship between First Peoples and other Australians, he said.

Mr Meehan also expressed deep concern at the unwarranted attacks on the Australian Human Rights Commission coming from government.

The Prime Ministers extraordinary attack on the Australian Human Rights Commission earlier this week showed little respect for the independence of the Commission and the critically important role it plays in protecting our human rights, he said.

He noted that the Commission has an excellent record of conciliating complaints with 94% of surveyed parties reporting being satisfied with the Commissions service.  Of the 80 complaints made under race hate provisions of the Racial Discrimination Act last year, only one proceeded to the court at the initiation of the complainant.

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Monday, 24 October

13:56

Phone banking help and events "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Hi Everyone..

Sorry to all of you who are not in Fremantle / Perth area as there is some great events coming up!!

Feel free to pass this on to any friends and family here in Perth who may like to get involved with keeping Western Australia nuclear free.

We have some events coming up for the anti-nuclear campaign and really need your help to do some phone banking and promotions to make this amazing.

There will be people here to help with the phone banking and scripts for you to use, we just really need your help to make all the phone calls, so the more of us there are the easier it is

Phone banking deets.

Please let me know if you can come along to help at any of these times.
Marcus: 0400 505 765  marcus@footprintsforpeace.org

Or come along to the BUMP meeting tomorrow night (Tuesday) 6pm at the World End Studio Mrs Trivett Lane Fremantle..

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Tuesday 1st November 4.30 6pm Bilbo, Mia, Marcus

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Thursday, 20 October

10:59

Urgent support needed in November "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Hi Everyone..

We dont usually put out the urgent call for support but there is some really special and important events coming up in November.

There will be some community members coming to Perth to talk about the struggles to protect community and culture against the threat of uranium mining.

Many of them will be traveling great distances to get here and it would be great if we can all come together and show those at the forefront of the struggle to stop uranium mining in Western Australia that they have a huge amount of support from people in the city.

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Tuesday, 20 September

04:00

Justice Reinvestment: Giving kids a life not life in prison "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

ANTaR, national advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, today called on all governments to listen to First Peoples in order to address crisis levels of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. 

National Campaigns Manager, Ms Jane Powles said that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders have been calling for the implementation of Justice Reinvestment since 2009 to address high incarceration rates. 

It's about time governments started to listen 

Last nights episode of ABCs Four Corners featuring one of the first Justice Reinvestment trial sites in Australia, highlighted the common sense approach that Justice Reinvestment supports.

Driver licence programs that keep young people and the roads in Bourke safe make a lot of sense, said Ms Powles

In NSW, over half the children in jail are Aboriginal. This costs $800 per child per day. In 2014 NSW taxpayers spent an average of $293,200 on each child in custody.

Bourke is showing us that there is a much better way to invest tax payers money that will create stronger and safer communities. 

Despite multiple reports and inquiries into the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the justice system incarceration rates continue to rise. Its time to think differently to address this crisis and create sustainable solutions.     

Last night we saw a whole community stepping up and collectively developing practical solutions that address the drivers of crime.   

Ms Powles said With youth detention on the next Council of Australian Governments agenda, the Prime Minister has the opportunity to take the lead on developing a nationally co-ordinated approach to addressing the incarceration crisis and forging a collective commitment to Justice Reinvestment.

Its time for governments to act, and start listening to and working with First Peoples so we don't lose another generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to the justice syst...

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Wednesday, 14 September

09:32

Walkatjurra Walkabout 2016 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Another Walkatjurra Walkabout finished, friendships made, stories shared, our commitment to fight for land and life affirmed. Since we walked into Leonora, so much more has happened.
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We traveled to Kagoorlie last Tuesday, and in the afternoon visited the Sorry camp at Gribble Creek in support of the family gathered there to remember Elijah and support their calls for justice. We heard stories from his family, about a boy so full of life and promise, an upcoming youth leader and footballer. We heard about the indifference, incompetence and disrespect shown by police, of the racist comments threatening violence before and after his death and stood in silence beside the site of the murder marks still visible of the fatal violence enacted against a child. We left flowers at a make shift memorial for Elijah and the Aboriginal flag we carried from Wiluna to Leonora in solidarity.

You can support Elijahs family by making a donation to his funeral and headstone here: https://www.gof...

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Thursday, 08 September

21:31

Calling Out Racist Court Reporters "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

It was a bad reporter rather than a bad judge.

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Saturday, 03 September

08:19

Solidarity with Elijah and family "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

The walkers of walkatjurra walkabout are deeply saddened by the news of the young man that was murdered on the morning of the 29th August at Gribble Creek in Kalgoorlie. Since we heard the news we have shared messages and songs, offered support and walked in solidarity with the family and community of Kalgoorlie who are grieving the loss of Elijah Doughty.

Marcus McGuire, coming from Kalgoorlie has spoken to the walkers on the current situation, the situation is not good and there will be more to come in the future if the culture of racism and violence continues.

We learned that his 14th birthday was only the day before his life was taken. Elijah, a young community person was keen and chosen to go on the return to country camps this summer organised by Marcus McGuire. These camps are training young people to be youth leaders.

The disgusting comments coming through social media before the murder and now after the tragic event has shocked the whole nation and shown the deep racism that still runs through this country.

The Doughty family are obviously deeply saddened and are welcoming the whole community to come and pay their respects at Gribble Creek where the murder happened. This was one of Elijahs favourite places where he rode is bike in his life cut way too short.

Walkatjuura walkabout is not only about stopping uranium mining it is also about coming together with Aboriginal people on country and acknowledging the history of genocide, violence and racism that is systemic in our culture and history today.

With heavy hearts we walk together with family and friends and the community of Kalgoorlie grieving the loss of the young person who was an up and coming youth leader and football star. We also walk remembering others that have lost their lives and the families that have lost loved ones to the racial violence of this country. We need this culture of racism to end, we need to stop these deaths and racial attacks on Aboriginal people and their community. This cannot continue.

Walkatjurra walkabout finishes the one month walk today in Leonora however we will continue the messages of solidarity when the bus arrives in Kalgoorlie on Tuesday and walk to Gribble Creek to pay our respects and show support to Elijahs family and friends.

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Monday, 29 August

06:55

Week 3 on the road to a uranium free WA "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

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At Jones creek we had a couple of rest days, and Kado Muir took us for a walk up to the range, pointing out various plants and explaining their uses along the way. We reached a permanent water source and dug a soak, and Aunty Shirley showed us an old grinding stone. It was really valuable to see the land through the eyes of the people who know it, and to learn some of the Dreaming stories of that area.

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Wednesday, 27 July

07:30

Time for Aboriginal youth incarceration to be of interest to the Federal Government "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

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ANTaR, national advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, today called for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth incarceration across the country to become a priority for the Federal Government.

ANTaR National Director Andrew Meehan said that he was astounded at reports that the Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs had commented that his interest wasnt piqued prior to Mondays Four Corners program on youth detention in the Northern Territory.

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Thursday, 30 June

02:02

Appropriation Resources "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Filed under: Cultural Capital, Local Issues, Tangata Whenua

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Sunday, 22 May

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We have moved! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

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Wednesday, 23 September

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Australia Has Its Own Haka "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Australia Has Its Own Haka

The following has been written by Richard Trudgen with coaching from Djiniyini & Dianne Biritjalawuy Gondarra, Dhulumburr Gayakamangu, Yingiya Guyulaand & Maratja Dhamarrandji.

I recently got a phone call from Dianne Biritjalawuy Gondarra where she asked me, What picture do you get when you hear the word balyunmirr?[1] Her call was sparked by all the controversy over Adam Goodes doing what some people call a war dance or a war cry. Well here in Arnhem Land in the NT we call what Adam performed balyunmirr.

Dianne continued, You need to write something to explain that Australia does have a haka, in fact many of them. She was asking me to write the article because English is my first language not hers. Most of our conversation was in Yolu Matha, the language of the Yolu people in Arnhem Land.

The Adams Goodes Controversy

As a number of Yolu watched Adam Goodes perform on TV after he kicked the goal, they were excited because it was great for their culture to be represented there on the big screen. By his action, he has very publicly taken the lid off and revealed some of the original Australian culture; and that could help us all know ourselves in a far deeper and more real way.

However, Dianne and many Yolu were offended by a lot of the name-calling Adam received, saying, To balyunmirr is central to who we are and carries a much deeper meaning than just some war dance or some heathen war cry.

So Yolu people were right behind Adam Goodes because to balyunmirr when you win something is the right time to balyunmirr.  And balyunmirr performances have been a central part of Australian culture for many thousands of years. Its just that most Australians dont know it because their cultural roots come from offshore.

As Dianne said, It seems strange that Balanda (European) Australians would attack Adam for what he did as most football, tennis and cricket players do a small contemporary balyunmirr before the crowd when they win. She was referring to the times when players go down on their knees and point to the sky with both hands and fingers raised, or when some cross themselves or put their hands together in a small prayer this is to balyunmirr.

Part of Common Cultural Practice across the World

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Wednesday, 22 July

09:47

Shirts off for Papua on U.S. War Ship "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Freedom Flotilla to West Papua & friends board #USSFitzgerald Missile destroyer in DARWIN before its deployment to the Indo-Asia Pacific region #FreeWestPapuashirts off for Papua Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney knew about the massive gold deposits that is now Grasberg Freeport mine before the Dutch pulled out and conspired with Indonesia to take control of West Papua to gain access to its resources.11781867_722732977855789_7350442448111610474_n The Freeport project is associated with an astonishing level of violence. Confrontations and military conflict have flared repeatedly since the Dutch departed, with the Indonesian government well supported by the US government with military training, advisers and weapons sales. The Australian government also pro...

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Monday, 22 June

03:30

Staff News June 2015 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

We are sorry to say that AHED Project Facilitators Jazlie and Ben Grygoruk will be leaving us at the end of June. After 5 years in Arnhem Land and with a second child coming, they now feel the need for family support and some time back in their own culture.

Both Jazz and Ben first came to Arnhem Land as pilots working for MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship). The Yolu women and other Yolu workers at Yalu benefited greatly from Bens dedication and gentle working through of many issues. Jazlie worked in admin support for the AHED program and will be missed in the critical role she played here. Both Jazz and Ben also worked hard at learning the language and the many cultural competency skills needed to work with Yolu people in a very productive way.

James Thomson has been working with Why Warriors since last year as a Communications Strategist, analysing our whole media approach and helping us to build a stronger presence for our programs with a much wider audience. Already one of the results is that our national, and
international, engagement on twitter has never been stronger: https://twitter.com/whywarriors

We are pleased to welcome on board Shelley Houghton, a previous colleague of Richard Trudgen from Aboriginal Resource and Development Service (ARDS). Shelley is a qualified accountant, speaks Yolu Matha and has worked with the people of Galiwinku on a number of projects over the last 30 years. Shelley will be a great asset to the team as we continue to support current AHED projects in developing enterprises with Yolu people.

Also supporting the Hope for Health team is Sinem Saban from Our Generation Media, focusing on Communications and Fundraising. Sinem studied Media, Aboriginal and Legal Studies at RMIT and Latrobe Universities in Melbourne and has taught at schools is Yirrkala, Maningrida and Galiwinku communities. She is an accomplished filmmaker, having co-wrote, produced and directed the landmark documentary on Aboriginal rights Our Generation, and has helped to kickstart successful social justice campaigns such as Stand For Freedom and Culture Is Life.

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Friday, 19 June

06:48

Humanity and Human Connections "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Ive just returned from the funeral of Michele Harris (OAM) as I sit to write this.

Michele was one of the non-Aboriginal Warriors who has crossed my path and supported the causes I have been championing over a couple of decades. Her name kept turning up as one of our supporters when I was running cross-cultural seminars around the country in the 1990s. Originally I knew her as living in Canberra and every time we were going there, she was on the job getting information about our seminars to people whom she knew would benefit from understanding more about the situation for the Yolu of Arnhem Land. Yet I had never really connected with Michele. At times she was just a name on our supporters list that was given to me.

Then came the Northern Territory Intervention in 2007, and Michele was there again. This time supporting communities and Aboriginal leaders in their stance on what they clearly saw as unjust government policy.

It was Aboriginal people themselves who called the report Little Children Are Sacred from the board of enquiry in the Northern Territory.

                                         Ampe Akelyernemane Meke Mekarle; Little Children are Sacred

                                         In our Law children are very sacred because they carry the two

                                         spring wells of water from our country within them

It is a tragedy that the government, the bureaucrats and the media didnt really understand this report, instead visiting another level of violence on the remote Aboriginal communities of the Northern Territory. We need to start including people like Yolu and other Aboriginal people, and that includes their systems of law and governance rather than excluding them and just doing more things supposedly to solve the problem.

Michele worked tirelessly to get this message out. She campaigned hard and gave the hand of friendship to many Aboriginal leaders who were trying to get their voice heard. She assisted by producing many publications, sharing information as widely as possible and challenging governments at every turn. She was an amazing and inspiring example of what mainstream people can do to truly support Aboriginal people. She came from a place of shared humanity and clearly showed you dont have to live in a remote community to be involved in fostering understanding and justice.

It was at my 2nd sons wedding in 2009 that I met Michele again and the penny still did not drop. In fact it wasnt till the 2nd celebration that my son and his partner Beth...

Wednesday, 29 April

09:24

Country Roads Take Me Home "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

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I have been in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory for many years now and was recently returning home for a break to my hometown in Central New South Wales. As I drove into very familiar territory I started singing the John Denver song Take me home, country roads. I had an overwhelming feel of joy, exhilaration and another deeper feeling that I couldnt put into English words. To my, surprise my mind started using words and thoughts from the Yolu (Aboriginal) language that I have been learning in Arnhem Land for over 30 years.

I thought it strange that this so-called primitive language could give me deeper thought expression than English could. However, this experience is now becoming very common to me in so many areas including health, environmental science, human philosophy, commerce and law. It saddened me to think that most Australians do not know or appreciate the Original Australian Languages and Culture.

The term I started to use was ayau djulithinyaray.

As I thought about the idea of ayau djulithinyaray, I struggled with how I could say it in English. The term ayau means your soul, your inner being, you/yourself as you know yourself from within. In English we do not seem to have a very clear understanding for the word soul and most people could not place where their soul is in their bodies. When you ask Yolu where their ayau is, they point to a place just below the belly button in the central part of their body, much like where a martial arts practitioner would place the chi, as in the Chinese Chi (Qi).

The second word, djulithinyaray, means being in a happy or joyous state. So ayau djulithinyaray translated to English would mean my soul or my being is rejoicing within me. So Country roads, take me homefitted right in and I sang it over and over.

Then I remembered the first verse:

Almost heaven, West Virginia, Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River.
Life is old there, older than the trees,
Younger than the mountains, blowing like a breeze.

So the song carried me into my hometown, a place that looks pretty ordinary but which for me invokes all those deep feelings English has trouble expressing.

There are two issues I want to talk about here today. One is this: isn...

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