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Indigenous leaders dismayed at the Federal National party’s premature decision to oppose a Referendum o a constitutionally guaranteed First Nations Voice

Joint Media Statement: Indigenous reform leaders – from Redfern to the Kimberley

Read full statement here: https://empoweredcommunities.org.au/media/referendum/

    Where you can show your support for the #JusticeforCassius movement across Australia this week

    30/10/22 National Indigenous Times: Demands for justice will echo loud across Australia this week in response to the racially-motivated death of 15-year-old Noongar-Yamatji boy Cassius Turvey last Sunday. Cassius’ beating was the latest in a shocking list of deaths of young Indigenous people spurred by racism, and has once again lead to outcry and demands for change across Australia. In response, protests, vigils and celebrations of life have been organised in cities and towns in most states and territories this week to ensure Cassius’ name is never forgotten. To locate list of vigils go to:

    https://www.nit.com.au/where-you-can-show-your-support-for-the-justiceforcassius-movement-across-australia-this-week/

    Boyer Lectures 2022: Noel Pearson

    27/10/22 ABC TV Iview: In this first of a series of four lectures, Indigenous community leader, lawyer, academic and land rights activist Noel Pearson reflects on “Who we were and who we can be”, in his 2022 Boyer Lecture.

    https://iview.abc.net.au/show/boyer-lecture-2022-noel-pearson

    The lectures will also be available on ABC radio on Sundays throughout November 2022.

    https://radioinfo.com.au/news/noel-pearsons-first-boyer-lecture-who-we-were-and-who-we-can-be/

    Honouring the lives of Uncle Archie Roach and Aunty Ruby Hunter

    27/10/22 Victorian Government: The lives and legacies of Uncle Archie Roach AM and Aunty Ruby Hunter will be celebrated through a new public artwork funded by the Victorian Government’s Creative Activation Fund

    https://creative.vic.gov.au/news/2022-2/honouring-the-lives-of-uncle-archie-roach-and-aunty-ruby-hunter

    Aboriginal languages revitalised in NSW schools

    17/10/22 Media Release NSW Education Department: Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said NSW is proudly home to more than 35 Aboriginal Language groups, and more than 100 dialects of those languages. “This is the first major redevelopment of how Aboriginal languages are taught in our schools in 20 years,” Ms Mitchell said. “The new syllabus gives students valuable opportunities to learn the language of their local area and develop an understanding of Aboriginal languages and cultures. 
    “For the first time students who speak an Aboriginal Language or Torres Strait Islander Language at home will be able to progress the study of that language at school”.

    https://www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/aboriginal-languages-revitalised-nsw-schools

    Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTAR) 25th Anniversary Dinner

    12/10/22 Ministers Media Centre: The Minister for Aboriginal Australians, the Hon Linda Burney, addressed a dinner gathering at a celebration of the 25 years that ANTaR has been advocating for rights and justice for First Nations peoples. After acknowledging the work of ANTaR supporters around the country the Minister said that she wanted to talk about the referendum to enshrine an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament in our Constitution. She spoke to three key questions that are vital to ensuring a successful referendum:

    One. What is the Voice to Parliament?

    Two. Why is it needed?

    Three. Why it matters to all Australians?

    https://ministers.pmc.gov.au/burney/2022/australians-native-title-and-reconciliation-antar-25th-anniversary-dinner

    An invitation to listen: What is the Uluru Statement from the heart by Thomas Mayor

    Published by Australian Geographic 29/08/22: Thomas Mayor, ambassador for the Uluru Statement from the Heart and advocate for a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution, invites us all to walk in a spirit of reconciliation with First Nations Australians as they strive for a better and brighter future.

    https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/news/2022/08/an-invitation-to-listen/

    Voice – Treaty – Truth Campaign Update
    Message from Thomas Mayor

    With acknowledgment and thanks to SEARCH FOUNDATION for production of this video update. For more information on SEARCH Voice Treaty Truth Working group see: https://www.search.org.au/volunteer?splash=1

    To listen to update Message from Thomas Mayor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPObzqp9U5w

    Noel Pearson to deliver the 2022 ABC Boyer Lectures

    13/09/22 ABC: The ABC has announced lawyer, academic, land rights activist and Indigenous community leader Noel Pearson will deliver the 2022 Boyer Lecture series. The four lectures will be broadcast on ABC RN and one on ABC TV later this year.

    https://about.abc.net.au/press-releases/noel-pearson-to-deliver-the-2022-abc-boyer-lectures/

    Indigenous ecological knowledge kept alive through new language exchange: CSIRO

    01/09/22 CSIRO: A project celebrating Indigenous scientific knowledge that has added 2,500 native plant and animal names to the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) was launched today at Ngukurr Primary School in South-East Arnhem Land.

    https://www.csiro.au/en/news/News-releases/2022/Indigenous-ecological-knowledge-kept-alive-through-new-language-exchange

    Australian War Memorial recognises Indigenous Vietnam veterans: Department Veteran Affairs

    17/08/22: Department Veteran Affairs: New research from the Australian War Memorial has identified more than 250 Indigenous men and women who served during the Vietnam War. Researchers say it is important to recognise their sacrifice and service now, especially as Indigenous people faced major barriers to joining the Australian Defence Force at the time.

    https://www.dva.gov.au/newsroom/latest-news-veterans/australian-war-memorial-recognises-indigenous-vietnam-veterans

    Prime Minister’s Speech: Address to Garma Festival 30th July 2022

    Ngarra ga Buku guru-pan Gumatj, Yothu Yindi nha go Yolgnu mala. (Translation: I pay my respect to Gumatj, Yothu Yindi and Yolngu Mala.] I acknowledge the people of the Yolngu nation. I recognise all the elders, leaders and families who have made great contributions to our nation.

    Full transcript https://www.pm.gov.au/media/address-garma-festival

    Uluru Statement from the Heart: Sydney Peace Prize winner: free webinar 3rd August 1pm

    Join First Nations leaders Pat Anderson AO and Professor Megan Davis for a conversation about the Uluru Statement from the Heart and its three objectives: a Voice to Parliament, Treaty, and Truth. Part of Australia Institute TV. In partnership with the Sydney Peace Foundation.

    For more information and to register

    Water for Rivers Sydney by Mark Merrit media release 28th June 22

    The Darling/Baaka river convoy is part of a national public education push to inform all people’s about what is being done to Australia’s rivers, lakes, wetlands and marshes through unsustainable water sharing plans and wild ungoverned water trading practices.

    https://wrnredfern.org.au/?page_id=4429

    Local & Regional Voice Establishment Group Co-chairs appointed

    22/04/22 NIAA Indigenous Voice: Professor Dr Marcia Langton AO and Professor Tom Calma AO have been appointed as co-chairs of the Local & Regional Voice Establishment Group. The Australian Government is working with other levels of government to seek their support for the Local & Regional Voice arrangements. Setting up of the Local & Regional Voice Establishment Group is part of the discussions.

    https://voice.niaa.gov.au/news/local-regional-voice-establishment-group-co-chairs-appointed#

    “KARRINJARLA MUWAJARRI WE WANT A CEASEFIRE”

    11/03/22 BREAKING NEWS: Kumanjayi Walker’s family and Senior Yuendumu Elders have condemned the not guilty verdict handed down by the jury in the murder trial of police officer Zachary Rolfe today. They say the outcome is the direct result of racism in the court system and have provided a list of demands for sweeping changes to NT policing including a call for increased Aboriginal community control.

    https://wrnredfern.org.au/?page_id=3765

    First Nations Voice proposal heads to Local Govt Conference

    10/02/22 Echo The North Coast’s Independent News: The newly elected independent councillor for Byron Bay , Mark Swivel has proposed thatLocal Government NSW develop an advisory body model for a First Nations Voice to Council for local Indigenous communities based on the vision in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

    https://www.echo.net.au/2022/02/first-nations-voice-proposal-heads-to-local-govt-conference/

    NSW Aboriginal Land Council welcomes the Premier’s commitment to Aboriginal Affairs

    10/02/22. The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) welcomes the NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet’s commitment to make Aboriginal issues a priority for his government.

    https://wrnredfern.org.au/?page_id=3466

    Its Here! The revamped home of the Uluru Statement!

    28/01/22 Indigenous Law Centre UNSW: Dear Friends and Supporters, We are excited to introduce you to the newly revamped official home of the campaign for a First Nations Voice to Parliament protected by the Constitution. Everything you need to know about the Uluru Statement from the Heart is now available in an interactive and authoritative form for all Australians. 

    https://ulurustatement.org/

    Indigenous Voice Co-Design Final Report:

    17/12/21: The Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP: The Morrison Government has delivered on its commitment to co-design an Indigenous Voice with the release of the Indigenous Voice Co-design Final Report to the Australian Government.

    https://ministers.pmc.gov.au/wyatt

    From the Heart welcomes final Co-design report on a Voice to Parliament

    17/12/21 From The Heart: From the Heart, the campaign for an Indigenous Voice to Parliament guaranteed by the Constitution, has welcomed the Final Report of the Indigenous Voice Co-Design Process announced by Minister for Indigenous Australians, Ken Wyatt.

    https://fromtheheart.com.au/indigenous-voice-codesign-final-report-from-the-heart/

    NSWALC Concern over Government’s Indigenous Voice Proposal

    17/12/21: The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) urges caution over the Federal Government’s proposal to move ahead with an Indigenous Voice that is inconsistent with the Uluru Statement from the Heart. The proposal will create confusion and division within community, and again government sets down what they think is best for Aboriginal people by creating structures that divide and conquer.

    https://wrnredfern.org.au/?page_id=3477

    Australian South Sea Islanders (Port Jackson) support historical analysis that deemed notorious Blackbirder Benjamin Boyd’s name be removed from the Ben Boyd National Park announced by NSW Government

    15/11/21 Emelda Davis: Australian South Sea Islanders (Port Jackson) support historical analysis that deemed notorious Blackbirder Benjamin Boyd’s name be removed from the Ben Boyd National Park announced by NSW Government.

    https://wrnredfern.org.au/?page_id=3482