The Journey of ‘In my blood it runs’
The 2019 film 'In My Blood It Runs' told the story of 10-year-old Arrernte boy Dujuan’s life in the Northern Territory. Here, Dujuan shares insights into working on that film, and the story in his upcoming book.
Indigenous Writers in Solidarity with Palestine
Blak solidarity with Palestinian people is powerful, writes Karen Wyld. Karen reflects on friendships and solidarity between Blak and Palestinian writers, and mutual support for Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination.
Cultural education has to be about improving outcomes for mob, not making white people feel better
In this current climate where white reality is apparently the baseline and all things mob-related is seen as an act of hostility, Luke Pearson writes of the accountability that needs to come with cultural education.
How can a Voice to parliament help my people and the wider community?
There’s been a lot of talk about how the Voice to Parliament could assist communities, Youth Yes Campaigner Jade Gould tells us what this could actually look like in practice.
An open letter to mob about after the referendum
Luke Pearson writes of the Yes - No divide as a false binary. Instead we should take note of those who support Indigenous rights, and those who don’t.
Yes/No 2023 Referendum: Some things to consider
We’re all being asked to vote ‘Yes or No’ in the Voice referendum. Wiradjuri academic Emma Olssen gives us some things to consider when taking part in the vote.
Two chicken nuggets, a golf club and the Voice debate that forgot Indigenous Rights
The Voice referendum is being predominantly pitched as a way to address the ‘gaps’ we live with as Indigenous people in so-called Australia. Luke Pearson reminds everyone that Indigenous rights need to extend beyond a response to disadvantage.
Why I moved from ‘no’ to ‘yes’ on the Voice
As someone who is often in the public eye, Meriki Onus has found herself at the crossroads of a significant shift in her stance on the upcoming referendum on October 14th. This decision has been fuelled by a multitude of factors, but, Meriki writes, it's imperative that she clarifies the reasons behind her transformation from a firm "no" to a "yes."
In these testing times, our Ancestors would show love and compassion
With the national debate leading into the Voice to Parliament referendum intensifying, we must remember to be kind to one another as an act of solidarity against racism. Wiradjuri and Wailwan woman Teela Reid reminds us that this is the way of our ancestors, and we need to continue this, no matter the referendum’s outcome.
Blak friends in a ‘friendship recession’
Post-lockdowns, and even just as our lives get busier, it can be difficult maintaining connections with friends. Ellen van Neerven writes of prioritising Blak friendships can be significant in times like these.
Public Statement from Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM on Treaty and the Voice
Senior initiated clan leader of the Yolŋu Nation of North East Arnhem Land, Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM outlines his position on Treaty and the upcoming Voice Referendum.
The fight for Djab Wurrung continues
While the country’s current focus is on the referendum, Djab Wurrung women focus on yet another attack on sacred women's country. Djab Wurrung woman Sissy Austin writes of the latest attack on another sacred tree on Country.
Thin black veils and unity tickets.
Now the Voice to Parliament referendum date has been announced, Ben Abbatangelo writes, we as a nation are being reminded, there’s no moral high ground between Labor and Liberal, and by extension, ‘yes’ and ‘no’.
Stop this country being comfortable with our pain. Why I’m voting yes.
Arrernte man, father, and the founder and managing director of Kings Narrative, Tyson Mpetyane Carmody, writes of the journey to the Voice to Parliament, and why he will be voting Yes in the upcoming referendum.
The Voice to Parliament: Beyond yes or no…
Today, the referendum was announced. Luke Pearson reminds us that soon enough, the referendum will be over. The votes will be cast, and the outcome will be clear. But it’s not going to be a fun ride getting there.
Why Blak representation matters in Cosplay
For International Cosplay Day, Bizzi Lavelle reflects on why, when it comes to cosplay, representation matters. And sometimes that means white people need to opt out of some costume choices.
Self-determination can’t be achieved through compromised finance
Ben Abbatangelo writes of his experiences dealing with philanthropists, and his decision to walk away from this kind of money. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and businesses have limited options for funding, Ben writes, but we shouldn’t take blood money from companies who bring harm to Country, and by extension, us.
Symbolism and the Women’s World Cup
In a Referendum year when politics is all around us, the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 has raised important questions for Ellen van Neerven who explores its political symbolism and the irony of “keeping politics out of sport”.