Welcome to the AQ Monthly for August. Find out about talks, forums, workshops and events in and around Brisbane. Rights, Justice and Respect. Book for our Trivia Night, visit Cherbourg, campaign around cloing the gap or see whats on at kuril dhagun. Read more
A BIG THANKYOU
Black History Month was a phenomenal success with three wonderful events including “Sovereignty in the 21st Century”, “Indigenous Rights and the Extractive Industries” and the Sea of Hands Celebration on the Maiwar Lawn outside kuril dhargun Indignous Knowledge Centre and GOMA. Photos will be uploaded to our website soon as will recordings of these events. Thanks to our sponsors, thank to all who spoke, all who documented, all who organized and all who attended. A copy of Uncle Albert Holts Speech on the 29th and the 4ZZZ recording of the Sovereignty evening are linked here.
WRITE TO YOUR LOCAL MEMBER URGENTLY RE CLOSE THE GAP
ANTaR Qld would like you to take the time to write to your local state MP asking them how they intend on closing the education, employment, housing and health gaps between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders and other Queenslanders over the next three years. So far things are not looking good. Services and programs are being cut all over the State and these cuts are having a huge impact on the families and communities that can least afford it. Write today and let us know their response. http://www.parliament.qld.gov.
COMING UP : IT IS THE ANNUAL ANTaR Qld TRIVIA NIGHT!!!
Yes, it is time for our annual trivia night fundraiser and despite the gloom we would love you to join us for some facts, fun and frivolity. A cracker organising team from ANTaR Qld and the QUT Equity Department are going to really test your knowledge about Black and White Australia! We know many of you have been practicing at The Bridge Games. Come and show us what you have learnt! Lots of Prizes. Food and Drink. Bring your friends. Bring your colleagues. All funds raised go to working on the justice, rights and respect agenda in Queensland. Register your team asap at email@example.com
CHERBOURG RATION SHED TOUR
Book Now for 1 September, 2012!!
All Seats cost $50 per person. Please contact Amanda the RQI treasurer to pay for your seats. Her contact email is firstname.lastname@example.org Please note that the tour starts and finishes at the Ettamogah Pub. You will need to arrange your own transport to get to the starting point. Those involved say “When our Elders were moved off the land and taken to Cherbourg they were cut off from their traditional sources of food and were given weekly rations of mainly flour, sugar, tea, sago, rice, split peas and meat. The rations were given from a wooden shed which we have restored and call The Ration Shed Museum. We use the Ration Shed as a space to tell our stories. We want visitors to see and experience what life was like for our people living under the Aboriginal Protection Act during the first half of the 20th century, as well as show them the many wonderful aspects of traditional Aboriginal culture and contemporary Cherbourg life.
HEAD FULL OF LOVE Discounted Tickets
until 11 August
Take advantage of this special offer and receive $10 off adult and concession ticket prices to all remaining Head Full of Love performances. The discount will be applied when you purchase using this link: http://www.qpac.com.au/
QUT Faculty of Law Public Lecture Series presents Professor Robert A. Williams Jnr. Topic : "Savage Anxieties: Mabo, Native Title and the Invention of Western Civilization."
Thursday 2 August 2012
6.30pm - 7.30pm, Gibson Room, Level 10, Z Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus. Mabo’s recognition of Indigenous Australian’s as human rights and native title holders prior to colonial settlement was the vital first step in their attempt to secure appropriate land rights. The inaction that followed diminished the significance of Mabo’s rejection of Terra Nullius and failed to deliver the land rights that had been promised to Australia’s Indigenous community. In this thought provoking talk Professor Williams examines how the language of savagery used to support the application of Terra Nullius to Australia continues to influence native title doctrine and operates to limit the rights of Indigenous peoples under Australian law.
SUPPORT NATIONAL ABORIGINAL AND ISLANDER CHILDREN’S DAY
4th August 2012
Support NA&ICD with some gorgeous resources from the SNAICC Website. This year’s theme is Our Children. Our Culture. Our Way. “We encourage everyone to organsie an event on or close to the day and share that event with us. The event can be as simple as organising special Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander art activities, to inviting an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Elder to share stories with the children in your service, to holding a barbecue or a family day at the park.”
SPORT LOVING CLOSE THE GAP VOLLIES NEEDED
Sun 5th August
Oxfam will be hosting CLOSE THE GAP community engagement stalls at the upcoming Rugby League Football games for the Close the Gap Round 22- August 3rd through August 6th! There are plenty of volunteer opportunities available at the games. Help us set up the stall, apply temporary tattoos to kids at the game, and get people to sign the pledge and you’ll receive a ticket to watch the rest of the game! (You’re free to leave after half time if you wish) Find a game near you and bring a friend! Email Tom at email@example.com and you will receive a full briefing pack that will provide you with all the information you will need. Unfortunately we can only have volunteers working with us who are over the age of 18. So if you are into all things footy or just a passionate supporter of the Close the Gap campaign, help us out! GOLD COAST TITANS V. SOUTH SYDNEY RABITTOHS DATE: Sunday August 5th 2012 VENUE: Gold Coast Skilled Park CALL TIME: 2 pm Looking forward to having you help us raise awareness about the Close the Gap campaign (while watching some great footy!) Email Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can volunteer at a game- and make sure you sign the pledge!
A NIGHT BY THE FIRE WITH LAURIE NILSEN
Tuesday 7th August 6.30pm
Laurie Nilsen, proppaNOW Collective
Laurie is a Manadandanji man from Roma in southern Queensland. He has a background in graphic arts, however, he mainly works in the medium of barbed-wire to address cultural, political and environmental concerns. He was a founding member of the Campfire Artists Group. Laurie won the 2007 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award for his 3D work and designed the concrete and timber relief on the north wall of kuril dhagun at State Library. Laurie is a member of Queensland’s leading Indigenous arts collective proppaNOW. A proppaNOW event. kuril dhagun 3842 9061 email@example.com http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/
Wed 8th August 2012 11am
Join Brisbane’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders on the second Wednesday of each month as they share stories from their lives, families and history.
Lloyd Hornsby is a Koori (descendent of the NSW aboriginal Yuin people) and now lives in Brisbane. He is an accomplished artist and teacher, travelling all over the state looking at opportunities to tell his story and work with Indigenous youth. Over the past five years, Lloyd has spent half his time painting in his studio at Murrumba Downs and the other half working with community assisting children and young people to connect with their culture through art. Join Lloyd has he shares stories and life experiences that influence his artwork. kuril dhagun 3842 9061 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE WORLDS INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
The focus of this year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is "Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices". From community radio and television to feature films and documentaries, from video art and newspapers to the internet and social media, indigenous peoples are using these powerful tools to challenge mainstream narratives, bring human rights violations to international attention and forge global solidarity. They are also developing their own media to reflect indigenous values and fight against myths and misconceptions.” More of Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary General’s 2012 statement here
THE SAPPHIRES FILM RELEASE
August 9, 2012
The Sapphires is an inspirational tale set in the heady days of the late ‘60s about a quartet of young, talented singers from a remote Aboriginal mission, discovered and guided by a kind-hearted, soul-loving manager. Plucked from obscurity, the four spirited women with powerhouse voices - called The Sapphires - are given the opportunity to entertain American troops in Vietnam. Catapulted onto the world stage as Australia's answer to the Supremes, their journey of discovery offers them not only the chance to show off their musical skills, but find love and togetherness, experience loss and grow as women. The Sapphires is an adaptation of the hugely successful Australian stage musical of the same name, and is inspired by the remarkable true story of writer Tony Briggs' mother and three aunts.
BL.INK BLACK INK: FIRST AND FOREMOST
Thur 16th August 2012 6pm
Look out! It’s a deadly night of BL.INK: black ink at The Library Café! Join us once a month for a night of performance as Indigenous creators share their stories, new works and dealings of blackness. Hosted by Steven Oliver, BL.INK will feature performances by Sean Dow, Kaylah Tyson and Yvette Walker. Don’t be shame … be game! First & foremost We explore words and voices from Indigenous nations throughout the world including New Zealand, Canada, Papua New Guinea and the United States. http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/
EXPLORE INDIGENOUS CULTURE IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD.
Volunteer with ICV
ICV is a registered charity and grassroots non-profit organisation with a unique community development model. We work by invitation only, on projects which are owned and driven by Indigenous communities. ICV provides communities with much-needed access to skilled volunteers in areas where employment, economic development and education opportunities are often limited. Volunteers help build local capacity and strengthen relationships in Indigenous communities. More local volunteers are needed across regional Australia to meet increasing requests for help from communities. Volunteers are our greatest asset, and their dedication, skills, passion and belief in reconciliation is making a real difference to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. ICV volunteers are matched to community development projects close to home. This builds successful long term relationships which result in positive, lasting change for the communities we work with. ICV is seeking volunteers in the local area (Sunshine Coast, Gympie, and Kilcoy Area) to work with the community of Cherbourg. A volunteer workshop will be held in Cherbourg on 11th & 12th of October at the Ration Shed Museum, Cherbourg Historical Precinct. This is a great opportunity to enrol as a volunteer, get a better understanding of ICV, meet like-minded people and explore Aboriginal culture in your own backyard. For more information or to register your attendance at the workshop, please contact Sharnee Hegarty on 07 3121 9250 or 0448 062 234 or at email@example.com For further details about ICV’s work with Indigenous communities visit www.icv.com.au
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ANTaR Qld acknowledges the traditional owners of Queensland and we pay our respects to Elders both past and present. We also pledge our support for the ongoing struggle for rights, justice and recognition in this country.