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  • Marlene Longbottom
  • 1 Dec 2020

How many Indigenous women and girls have to die or go missing before our humanity is acknowledged and respected?

Please note; the links shared within this piece are intended to highlight the plight of the Indigenous families and their ongoing struggle for justice in recognition of their tireless work in honoring their loved ones. I share these with greatest respect. As I come…

  • Luke Pearson
  • 23 Nov 2020

If that is not who we are, then who are we?

  • Olga Havnen
  • 12 Nov 2020

NT Govt bypasses community concerns to pave way for liquor superstore

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If that is not who we are, then who are we?

Australia has been trying very hard for a very long time to have its cake and eat it too when it comes to the idea of ‘we’.

Indigenous people in Eden calling for just recompense 20 years after Olympics

The Commonwealth Government of Australia on behalf of the Defence compulsorily acquired, portions of the Eden Local Aboriginal community subject lands pursuant to lands acquisition Act 1989, by way of imposing restriction on the said land. This compulsory restrictions acquisition was carried out without the prior, free and informed consent of the Aboriginal community.

History Made: Torres Strait Adoption Bill passes

Today, 8 September 2020, the child rearing practices of Torres Strait Islanders were given recognition in the law of Queensland by the passage of the Meriba Omasker Kaziw Kazipa (Torres Strait Islander Traditional Child Rearing Practice) Bill 2020 through parliament. Years of Torres Strait Islander Elder advocacy have led to this extraordinary outcome.

Together our Voices are the most powerful of all

The greatest lesson I learned from the dialogues is the generosity of spirit of our old people and their pragmatism. They turned up to the meetings with energy and they brought the cultural protocol and the allegories and the leadership, and they led with the language of peace and friendship.

Black liberation – it’s time to be on the right side of history

The years of assimilation are slowly coming undone with the resurgence of our cultural identities and a returning to our traditional ways after generations of beatings by the hands of state-sanctioned violence.

The Audacity of Anger

"But the angry black woman is not just a dehumanising caricature; actual angry black women are a real threat to the colony. And when we get angry, right on cue the Native Police arrive to quell the troublemakers, each and every time"
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Support all Indigenous tourism, culture spans the continent & islands

Culture is culture. And NSW has culture, as does the NT, and WA, and Qld, the Torres Strait, SA, Vic and Tas… and by all means, experience them all, support Indigenous tourism in all of these places, but don’t come back home and think you’ve just experienced ‘the real Aboriginal culture’ when you haven’t even bothered to learn about the people and lands you currently live on.

Indigenous Horror you might have missed

With the CBC’s Indigenous supernatural thriller series, Trickster premiering on NITV last night, it seemed like the perfect time to highlight horror films and tv series made by Indigenous creatives who have reclaimed the narrative and found a new way to tell their truth.

Tokenism happens but we need this to shift to representation and change

When the media shows pictures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people along with negative words over and over, governments continually speak about how destitute Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and people are, and then using more flattering language and pictures in articles about non-Indigenous people, then the human mind naturally creates its own narrative, in everyone.

Reflections on 2000 Olympics from behind the scenes

So much was said in the media, around water coolers and the general public about the expectations put on her. This turned out to be her Games. Twenty years on, Cathy’s story is retold time and time again.

Response to Victorian Practice Direction on Deaths in Custody

On the 22nd September Victorian State Coroner Judge John Cain released a practice note outlining changes in the conduct of coronial investigations into Aboriginal deaths in custody in Victoria.

Indigenous people in Eden calling for just recompense 20 years after Olympics

The Commonwealth Government of Australia on behalf of the Defence compulsorily acquired, portions of the Eden Local Aboriginal community subject lands pursuant to lands acquisition Act 1989, by way of imposing restriction on the said land. This compulsory restrictions acquisition was carried out without the prior, free and informed consent of the Aboriginal community.

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