Other News and Events 2013
News links listed are sourced from community based groups as well as various institutions and companies. Please feel free to contact us about any upcoming cultural, educational or community based indigenous news.
- Indigenous performers take musical blend of Gaelic folk, Maori music to Glasgow 11th March 2014
- Hostility to John Pilger's film a denial of nation's brutal past. Adam Goodes 3rd March 2014
- Pilbara’s Yaburara People remember one of Australia’s largest massacres 1st March 2014
- Veiled apartheid in the NT: Elders 14th February 2014
- Australia’s Aborigines Launch a Bold Legal Push for Independence may 30 2013
- Voices from the past: songs from dying languages
For the Sake of a Song is published by Sydney University Press. It is a multimedia publication that includes a website and a series of CDs to be released later this year.
- Glaring pay gap as Aboriginal bureaucrats brought into Prime Minister's department February 15th 2014
- A message from Vice-Chancellor Michael Spence on National Apology Day February 13th 2014
- Former Aboriginal health boss fined $1.2m over embezzlement February 5th 2014
- Indigenous corp buys Roebourne's Victoria Hotel February 5th 2014
- Back to school marked by bush truancy officers January 29th 2014
- Experts reveal how Aboriginal people survived central Australian climate
- CLC rejects Mundine's Indigenous treaty proposal January 28th 2014
"Any treaty should be done with the Queen of England. Not with Australia, with England because we never acquiesce our sovereignty for 1788 to present day."
- Indigenous soldiers remembered: the research behind Black Diggers January 28th 2014
- Anger and resistance on Invasion Day January 27th 2014
- Mundine calls for Indigenous treaties January 27th 2014
- Australian of the Year: Adam Goodes mixes sorrow with celebration on Australia Day January 26th 2014
- Indigenous footballer Adam Goodes named Australian of the Year January 25th 2014
- Redfern Aboriginal flag mural restored before pending demolition January 25th 2014
- Indigenous teens use music to get their message out January 23rd 2014
- Concerns have been raised about the role of the PM's new Indigenous Advisory Council. January 22nd 2014
- ABC Video: Melbourne to remember Aboriginal freedom fighters January 20th 2014
- NITV video: Survival Day - what does it mean in 2014?
- Summer camp aims to lift Indigenous uni enrolments January 16th 2014
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island school students taste university life January 13th 2014
- Traditional owners protest Whitehaven's handling of burial sites January 11th 2014
- Big W recalls controversial Australia Day shirt January 10th 2014
- School truancy program kicks off in the Top End January 7th 2014
- Indigenous Australians vulnerable to new flu strains January 7th 2014
- Fish trap heritage extension being considered January 6th 2014
- ASIO 'spied on Indigenous activists to crush movement' January 6th 2014
- Town camp torn between traditional owners and NT Government January 3rd 2014
- Abbott to revive Indigenous recognition push in 2014 January 1st 2014
Events listed are sourced from community based groups as well as various institutions and companies. Please feel free to contact us about any upcoming cultural, educational or community based indigenous events.
- March 20th 2014
National Close the Gap Day
Every year people are encouraged to hold their own event on National Close the Gap Day to raise awareness about the 17-year life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Since 2006, the Close the Gap campaign has achieved an enormous amount with community support. In 2013, there were over 900 National Close the Gap Day events around Australia.
- March 21st 2014
Harmony Day is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home – from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world. By participating in Harmony Day activities, people can learn and understand how all Australians from diverse backgrounds equally belong to this nation and enrich it.
- May 26th 2014
National Sorry Day
National Sorry Day is a significant day for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and particularly for Stolen Generations survivors. The idea of holding a ‘Sorry Day’ was first mentioned as one of the 54 recommendations of the Bringing them home report, which was tabled in Parliament on 26 May 1997. This report was the result of a two year National Inquiry into the forcible removal of Indigenous children from their families, communities and cultural identity. On 26 May 1998 the first ‘Sorry Day’ was held in Sydney, it is now commemorated across Australia, with many thousands of people participating in memorials and commemorative events, in honour of the Stolen Generations.
- May 27th 2014
University of Sydney Event:
Flag Raising Ceremony and Community BBQ - Reconciliation Week 2014
Show your support for Reconciliation in Australia at the Reconciliation Week Flag Raising Ceremony and Community BBQ.
- May 27th to June 3rd 2014
National Reconciliation Week
National Reconciliation Week is an ideal time for everyone to join the reconciliation conversation and reflect on shared histories, contributions and achievements. It is held annually from 27 May to 3 June and is a time to celebrate and build on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. Preceded by National Sorry Day on 26 May, National Reconciliation Week is framed by two key events in Australia’s history, which provide strong symbols for reconciliation:
27 May 1967 – the referendum that saw more than 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Australian Government power to make laws for Indigenous people and recognise them in the census.
3 June 1992 – the Australian High Court delivered the Mabo decision, which recognised that Indigenous people have a special relationship with the land. This paved the way for land rights known as native title. Mabo Day is held 3 June to celebrate the life of Eddie Koiki Mabo.
- July 6th to July 13th 2014
National NAIDOC Week
NAIDOC is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions of Indigenous Australians in various fields. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Activities take place across the nation during NAIDOC Week in the first full week of July. All Australians are encouraged to participate.
- August 4th 2014
National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day
National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day (NAICD) is a celebration of Indigenous children and is held on 4 August each year. NAICD was first observed by the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) in 1988. Each year SNAICC produces and sends out resources to help celebrations for NAICD.
- August 9th 2014
International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
The International Day of the World’s Indigenous People (9 August) was first proclaimed by the General Assembly in December 1994, to be celebrated every year during the first International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People (1995 – 2004). In 2004, the Assembly proclaimed a Second International Decade, from 2005 – 2014, with the theme of A decade for action and dignity.
- October 16th 2014
University of Sydney event:
Dr Charles Perkins AO 2014 Memorial Oration and Prize
In 2001, the University of Sydney, in collaboration with the Koori Centre, launched the Dr Charles Perkins AO Annual Memorial Oration. The establishment of the Oration began as a recommendation of the Committee to Review Aboriginal Education at the University of Sydney, of which Dr Perkins was a member.
The University, in consultation with the Koori Centre, adopted in principle that the University establish an Annual Oration. The University, in consultation with the Koori Centre, believed it would be fitting to name the Oration in honour of the University’s first Indigenous graduate, Dr Charles Perkins AO. The Dr Charles Perkins AO Annual Memorial Oration was established with the full support of the Perkins family and in acknowledgement of Dr Perkins’ tireless dedication to human rights and social justice for Indigenous Australians.
- Many more events can be found here: http://www.koorimail.com/calendar/