On this day over 160 years Aboriginal warrior and leader Dundalli was executed in Brisbane. While he was a resistance fighter for over a decade, he was seen as a murderer and a criminal by the colonial authorities. On the 5th of January each year a small number of dedicated people remember his life and … Continue reading Remembering Dundalli, executed 5 January 1855
During the week Senator Eric Abetz referred to the United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as ‘negro’. In the context of Senator Abetz’s comments I would argue that it was not acceptable and demonstrates that the Senator has not moved with the times.
You would have to be in Facebook purgatory not to know about the latest uproar about Adam Goodes. This week David Jones announced that Adam was appointed one of twelve brand ambassadors for the chain, and the crowd went wild (and not in a good way).
Reclaiming and cultivating Indigenous language has to be one of the fundamental principles of self-determination. Language is one of those forces that shapes our understanding of the world, and in turn helps to shape the way we see the world. Language is much more than just “what’s the language word for x?”. While there is … Continue reading Learning Indigenous Language is one of the keys to self-determination
We can’t underestimate the impact that historical thinking has on our thinking today. The Rowley Linewas literally a line drawn by sociologist CD Rowley across a map of Australia to artificially divide Aboriginal Peoples and communities into two distinct and binary groups – colonial/remote and settled.
The Venice Biennale (la Biennale di Venezia) is the longest running and one of the most prestigious art events in the world. It takes place every two years in Venice, Italy, running for a number of months. The Biennale is usually structured with countries having their own pavillions (these exhibitions are each nations’ official representation), … Continue reading Aboriginal Tent Embassy hits the Venice Biennale 2015
The winner of the 2015 National NAIDOC poster competition has been announced. Congratulations to Elaine Chambers on the winning design.
Too many black and white are falling for unthinking patriotism. Perhaps they/we always have, but in today’s digitally-connected world we see each other’s opinions so much more than in the past.
The news of the BBC’s new seven-part series Banished hit the news stands today. And within hours, the criticism hit the streams. After reading about Banished, I’m not surprised at the criticism. You see, it’s about Australia. In particular it’s apparently about Governor Arthur Phillip, convicts and is set on Australian shores. And guess what? … Continue reading The BBC’s Banished Whitewashes Australian History
Today I had an opportunity to go listen to Anita Sarkeesian speak at the All About Women Festival at the Sydney Opera House. Anita’s presentation and follow-up questions, touched on a number of issues. My take away learnings will land over the next few days as I absorb Anita’s talk, but so far –