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Structural Reform – dissent is not a mandate for disrespect

As we continue to fight for justice, land rights, self-determination and structural reform, it is critical we remember homogeneity is a colonial concept. We are diverse and dissent does not mandate disrespect.

IndigenousX – Election 2022

The election campaign for 2022 is riddled with point-scoring and game playing. We are not here for that, we are here to check the record on the issues that matter.

‘Star Pupil’ vs ‘Unwanted Baby’: Language in the media coverage of Zachary Rolfe’s trial

The coverage on the Rolfe trial could make a reader question who is the one really being judged – the deceased or the police officer standing trial?

The Battle of Beetaloo – NT First Nations unite to stop fracking On Country

The Garrwa, Yanyuwa and Marra peoples of Borroloola know all too well the devastation created by mining and they understand that, for most governments, if they have to choose between mining and First Nations then mining wins. Every time.

I will not be lectured on violence by these women

The real shock for many was witnessing a Black man stand up in defence of the Black woman he loves. It really was shocking for some, that a Black woman would be deemed deserving of being defended, and we saw that in responses that questioned the legitimacy and significance of her disability as well as her moral character in relationship to that entanglement saga.

Queer Blak Women Deserve To Take Up Space

Boomalli has helped me find a voice as queer blak woman and it’s inspiring to see our  LGBTQIA+ community can come together yearly with such incredible work and stories . It’s important that people know we are here and we’re not going anywhere!

Who planted them seeds?

Now, if we are to recognise that shame is an exterior thing, it is both natural and instructive to then ask: who planted them seeds? I ask this question not at all as part of the process of discarding shame, as some have suggested is the best course of action. The shedding of shame, from my standpoint, is in fact at best lazy thinking and at worst wasteful.

Pertame Language Revitalization Project

I grew up in a multi language speaking household, but unfortunately for myself, I was a passive listener of Pertame and not an active speaker. Even now as an adult I shake my head in disbelief at the ignorance of my younger self for not speaking Pertame to my grandmother who spoke Pertame fluently as well as other languages. But learning from my mistakes as an adult now, I have made my realisation of learning and teaching Pertame a reality by being an apprentice with the Master and Apprentice Project (MAP).

First Nations Queer Campaign and Activist Poster Art – A Reclamation Steven Lindsay Ross

As we bump-in the 2022 Mardi Gras exhibition, Deadly/Solid/Staunch, on a hot summer’s day in early February we don’t have many of the pieces yet. What we do have creates the skeleton of the exhibition including beautiful textile pieces by Boomalli senior artist Uncle Jeffrey Samuels and a handful of other pieces by emerging artists such as Nola Taylor.

ALWAYS AND AGAIN

Always and Again is a poem written by queer Goorie writer, Brooke Scobie.

Close the Gap Campaign Report Launch 2022

Co-Chairs of the Close the Gap Campaign, June Oscar AO and Karl Briscoe provide insight into importance of Indigenous led solutions.

An open letter to non-Indigenous people who work in Indigenous affairs

When I get frustrated or upset over something you think is no big deal, or if you think I am overreacting, remember – this isn’t…

The need for Indigenous Australians to be their own narrators is more important than ever

Social media has allowed community to tell their stories their way, but non-mob must recognise cultural growth and adaption as well as tradition

KOORI GRAS is a radical celebration of sparkling defiance

First Nations LGBTQI+ people and communities have a long history of contributing to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG) festival, particularly as parade participants.

Birthing On Country is a Sovereign Right For Indigenous Parents

Indigenous maternal and neonatal outcomes are disappointing, given that Australia prides itself on the delivery of safe clinical maternity care. Indigenous women are disproportionality disadvantaged when it comes to culturally safe maternity care, and often experience racism when accessing mainstream services, which forms distrust and disengagement in mainstream maternity services.

“Our Kids Belong With Family”: a look into institutional child removal

In Australia, the earliest form of child protection began within weeks of the first white settlements being established (Gandevia 178). The earliest institution established to remove children from families was set up less than a decade after colonisation, The Norfolk Island Orphan School opened in 1795 and was the precursor to institutional child removal within Australia.

We know ‘the system’ has long failed Aboriginal people – so why not cyberpunk it?

Indigenous disruption of cruel government policies could further the cause of self-determination and might even help save the planet

Aunty Joyce Williams: Almost a Century Worth of Resistance and Still Fighting Strong

In many ways, Nan is like a real-life superhero torn from the pages of a Marvel or D.C comic. She was taking care of me and my health issues, she was raising my siblings, making sure we were always fed (her homemade damper a delight), keeping that red roof over our heads, driving us to school to receive an education. That same love has been shared with her grandchildren, children, and many nephews and nieces throughout a near full century of living.
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