Aboriginal leaders encourage crackdown on fake Aboriginal-style souvenirs

With the influx of tourists expected in the Gold Coast, Aboriginal leaders are encouraging penalties for retailers who falsely claim their merchandise, such as Indigenous arts and crafts, boomerangs or didgeridoos, is authentic and made in Australia. 

Activist Sam Watson stated that "Far too often you see cheap knock-offs that are created in these offshore sweat shops that look good, sound good, and feel good, but they are not the genuine quality Aboriginal products — that money goes offshore and away from us." Watson is concerned fake souvenirs have been stockpiled by retailers in order to profit from tourists arriving for the Commonwealth Games.

In response, activists planning to name and shame retailers who do peddle fake products, but are encouraging State Government to also impose penalties, including confiscating fake items.

The Queensland Government has stated that penalties will be in place, with Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones saying, "this is the first Commonwealth Games ever to have a reconciliation action plan and we worked really hard to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have their language and their artwork as part of the Commonwealth Games." 

 

Aboriginal campaigner Aunty Matilda House honoured

Aunty Matilda House received an honourary doctorate from the Australian National University on Wednesday, the 14th of July. The 72-year-old is a pioneering Aboriginal campaigner in ACT as well as the first person to perform a "Welcome to Country" ceremony at the opening of Federal Parliament.

The pro-vice-chancellor of the university stated that the campaigner has a "long standing connection with ANU... Matilda was involved in the establishment of this [Tjaba Indigenous Higher Education Centre] back in 1989. She is [also] the patron of the indigenous network for ANU students that we launched here last year." 

Of the doctorate, Ms House said "This doctorate is a recognition of all of my ancestry, and of course, my children. Family is precious and acknowledges the past with all of us."

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Indigenous artist Peter Mungkuri wins Hadley's Art Prize

With his painting of his South Australian birthplace, Indigenous artist Peter Mungkuri has won the inaugural Hadley's Art Prize. The Hobart based prize, which aimed to award the painting that most clearly portrayed the Australian landscape whilst simultaneously acknowledging the past. The competition attracted 385 entries from across Australia. 

Mungkuri depicted his Aboriginal community of Fregon (Kaltjiti) in his painting, Ngura Wiru or Good Country. The painting told a personal story for Mungkuri, who said "This is my story about that creek at Fregon. I was born there. Back then we lived in the bush, slept in the warm sand and we lived on the bush tucker. That place is where it all started, that was my home. I love this country, it has watched us Anangu (people) for many years. It is a wise country."

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2017 Winners Announced in NAIDOC Week Awards Ceremony in Cairns

2017 Winners Announced in NAIDOC Week Awards Ceremony in Cairns

NAIDOC Week is drawing to a close for 2017. It has been another successful and inspiring time full of events and activities which highlight Indigenous achievement and celebrate the cultures, histories and languages of Australia’s First Peoples. 

At the official NAIDOC Awards Ceremony, the achievements of 10 inspirational Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians were celebrated and recognized as they were congratulated with awards in categories spanning academic, sporting, artistic and community achievement.

 

Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2017

Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2017

NAIDOC Week is almost upon us again, with many activities and events to be held across Australia. NAIDOC Week 2017 will begin on July 2nd, with the theme “Our Languages Matter”. The important awards ceremony will be held in this year’s host city, Cairns, however you can get involved all over the country.  

Sir Douglas Nicholls and William Cooper honoured in Shepparton mural

Hundreds of people have gathered to witness the unveiling of a nine-metre mural in Shepparton depicting prominent Yorta Yorta men, Sir Douglas Nicholls and William Cooper.

The mural is part of an ongoing Aboriginal Street Art project to celebrate the contributions of Indigenous people to life in Shepparton. This is a great way to remember and pay tribute to such important figures in our history.