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IndigenousX Presents: Blak Nation

IndigenousX Presents is a podcast offering that continues on the digital storytelling work of IndigenousX, which for the past decade has championed the call for better representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and issues within the Australian media.

Staying true to IndigenousX’s philosophy, IndigenousX Presents will feature podcasts that amplify Indigenous voices, challenge conventional thinking and tell the stories that need to be heard.


Blak Nation

Blak Nation is a glimpse into the conversations Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are having that you might have missed. It takes you into the spaces where these ideas are being talked about.

Proudly presented by IndigenousX and the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas, ‘Blak Nation’ delves into the conversations that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are having which are rarely heard outside the communities where they’re being discussed.

Hosted by Rhianna Patrick

Streaming now on all platforms

Blak Naton | Blak Critique – EP 1
Critique is vital to the development of an artistic practice but what could the future of a Blak critique community look like? While there’s no doubt that there needs to be more Indigenous critics in art criticism in Australia, are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners ready to be critiqued by their own? What could the future of Blak Critique look like and in what sectors of the arts are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander critics still lacking?

Podcast Guests

In this episode, you’ll hear from:

Lisa Fuller
Ghost Bird author

Declan Fry
Literary critic for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age

Sosefina Fuamoli
Music journalist and Australian Music Prize judge

Clothilde Bullen

Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Sydney

Blak Nation takes its name from the Indigneous newspaper Black Nation which was started by the late Ross Watson in Brisbane in the early 1980s. We thank the Watson family for permission to use it. 

Blak Naton | Blak Critique – EP 1
Critique is vital to the development of an artistic practice but what could the future of a Blak critique community look like?

Host, Rhianna Patrick explores the complexity of Blak Critique with Author, Lisa Fuller, Literary critic for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Declan Fry, Music journalist and Australian Music Prize judge, Sosefina Fuamoli and Clothilde Bullen, Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collections and Exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Arts (MCA).

Blak Naton | The Blak Economy – EP 2
The contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to the Australian economy has only recently been researched and valued appropriately but what is the sector really worth?

Host, Rhianna Patrick explores this with Michael Aird (Director of the University of Queensland Anthropology Museum), Dr Michelle Evans (University of Melbourne Business School) and Gerrbik CEO and owner, Nicole Stewart.

 

Blak Naton | Indigenous Journalism and Trauma – EP 3
While more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are finding themselves in mainstream newsrooms and media organisations, what has been the cost of working in these spaces on our own self care?

Host, Rhianna Patrick breaks down what it’s like being an Indigenous journalist reporting on Indigenous stories with Rachael Hocking (freelance journalist), Dr. Cait McMahon OAM, (Dart Centre Asia Pacific founding Managing Director) and Ryan Liddle (multi platform journalist and presenter, NITV/SBS).

Blak Naton | Indigenous Wellness – EP 4

As the global wellness industry continues to grow, how are Indigenous people maintaining their own practices, adapting them to changing contemporary contexts, and engaging others in conversations about wellbeing?

Non-Indigenous people have a long and shaded history of misappropriating and misrepresenting wellness principles and practices from other cultures.

But what can non-Indigenous people learn from Indigenous understandings of wellness?

Host, Rhianna Patrick dives into the Indigenous wellness world with Luke Currie Richardson (instagram influencer, filmmaker and photographer), Dwayne Bannon- Harrison (Bring Back the Warrior), Jamie Marloo Thomas (co-founder of Wayapa Wuurrk) and Bianca Stawiarski (Warinda Wholistic Wellness).

 

Blak Naton | Future of NAIDOC – EP 5

The origins of NAIDOC Week are rooted in protest and pushing for the advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

But as more and more mainstream companies get involved in NAIDOC Week, is the real meaning and purpose behind NAIDOC Week being lost? How does the Indigenous community maintain the link to that past and what does the future of NAIDOC Week look like?

Host, Rhianna Patrick explores the changing landscape of the week with John Paul Janke (Co-Chairman of the National NAIDOC Committee), Ruby Wharton (Community Organiser and student ) and Trent Wallace (First Nations Advisor at Ashurst Law Firm).

After decades of Indigenous policy failure, could Indigenous Data Sovereignty be the answer in making policy work for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders?

There’s a global movement pushing for Indigenous Data Sovereignty but how do we move from data dependency to data sovereignty? What can we learn from other countries which are leading the way? And what has the pandemic revealed about the need for Indigenous people to take back their data?

Host, Rhianna Patrick examines the world of Indigenous Data Sovereignty with Professor Maggie Walter (Professor of Sociology, University of Tasmania) Associate Professor Maui Hudson (Director of Te Kotahi Research Institute, University of Waikato), Associate Professor Jane Anderson (Anthropology and Museum Studies at NYU) and Dr Kalinda Griffiths (Epidemiologist and Scientia Lecturer at Centre for Big Data Research in Health, UNSW).

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