[WGAR-news] NAIDOC Week: Still Supporting Yolngu in Their Fight for Rights: 'concerned Australians'
- NAIDOC Week:
Still Supporting Yolngu in Their Fight for Rights:
Newsletter date: 8 July 2013
This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/07/08/wgar-news-naidoc-week-still-supporting-yolngu-in-their-fight-for-rights-concerned-austral
* 'concerned Australians': NAIDOC Week: Still Supporting Yolngu in Their Fight for Rights
* ABC Darwin Video: The seed for land rights: Yirrkala Bark Petitions [Featuring Wali Wunungmurra, a signatory of the petitions]
* SBS Radionews Audio: Celebrating 50 years since the Yirrkala Bark Petitions [Featuring NAIDOC Committee chairperson Anne Martin]
* Bob Gosford, Crikey: The Yirrkala Bark Petitions. How an old typewriter helped change the course of Australian history
* National NAIDOC Week 2013 theme: We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963
* NIRS: NAIDOC honours Yirrkala Bark Petitions
* SeniorAu: NAIDOC - Honouring Yirrkala Aboriginal rights pioneers
* Greens welcome NAIDOC Week celebrations
* Yirrkala bark petitions 1963
* ABC News: Major parties cool on 'locking in' land rights
* Background to support for the Yolngu statement and opposition to the 'Stronger Futures' laws
* 'CONCERNED AUSTRALIANS':
STILL SUPPORTING YOLNGU IN THEIR FIGHT FOR RIGHTS
- Media Release
NAIDOC Week: Still Supporting Yolngu in Their Fight for Rights
Resect and Listen: http://www.respectandlisten.org/uploads/downloads/ca/cA-NAIDOC-MR-7-7-13.pdf
7 Jul 13: "‘concerned Australians’ welcomes NAIDOC Week and
the celebration of the history, culture and achievements of
the Aboriginal and Torres Island communities.
The theme this year focuses on the 50th anniversary of the
presentation of the Yirrkala Bark Petition to the Federal
Parliament by the Yolngu people of North Eastern Arnhem
Land and signed by thirteen clan leaders in 1963.
This traditional petition was a catalyst to legislative and
constitutional reform that led to the granting of important
rights to Aboriginal Peoples of Australia. Sadly much work
is still waiting to be done. The unfortunate introduction
of the Intervention into the Northern Territory in 2007 has
cruelly interrupted the difficult progress towards
self-determination, a right of all Aboriginal peoples. It
has had the result of disempowering communities,
undermining their rights and has caused great harm."
In April last year there were calls from numerous
organisations from across the country in support of a
statement from Yolngu Nations which amongst other things,
" both the Australian Federal Government and the Northern
Territory Government to end their interventionist policies
and agendas, and return to a mindset of partnership based
on the principles of Self-Determination."... "
* ABC DARWIN VIDEO:
THE SEED FOR LAND RIGHTS:
YIRRKALA BARK PETITIONS
[FEATURING WALI WUNUNGMURRA, A SIGNATORY OF THE PETITIONS]
ABC Darwin: The seed for land rights: Yirrkala Bark Petitions
By Clare Rawlinson, Jim Trail
8 Jul 13: "When Aboriginal artists and elders in a small
Arnhem Land community put paint to bark 50 years ago in a
petition for their rights, a major movement was sparked.
The Yirrkala Bark Petitions marked the first formal
petition from Aboriginal people to be received by
Parliament. But unlike most formal parliamentary petitions,
this one saw the merging of an ancient culture with the
western world. One of the few signatories of the petitions
still alive today, Wali Wunungmurra, remembers the tension
between Yolngu people and the Balanda (white people) in
the early 1960s, when bauxite exploration began on their
land. ... "
* SBS RADIONEWS AUDIO:
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS SINCE THE YIRRKALA BARK PETITIONS
[FEATURING NAIDOC COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON ANNE MARTIN]
Celebrating 50 years since the Yirrkala Bark Petitions
By Thea Cowie
4 Jul 13: "NAIDOC week this year will celebrate the 50th
anniversary of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions being presented
to the federal parliament in Canberra. The first
traditional documents to be recognised by federal
government came from Arnhem Land in the Northern territory
and were signed by over a dozen clan leaders of the Yolngu
region. Thea Cowie spoke to National NAIDOC Committee
chairperson Anne Martin about the purpose and significance
of the 1963 petitions."
* BOB GOSFORD, CRIKEY:
THE YIRRKALA BARK PETITIONS.
HOW AN OLD TYPEWRITER HELPED CHANGE THE COURSE OF AUSTRALIAN HISTORY
- Analysis / Opinion
The Northern Myth: Bob Gosford in the NT, Crikey:
The Yirrkala Bark Petitions.
How an old typewriter helped change the course of Australian history
7 Jul 13: "In this NAIDOC Week when the focus is on the
impact of the 1963 Yirrkala Bark Petitions to the Australian
Parliament, it is timely to reflect how an old typewriter
helped change the course of Australian history. The Yolngu
Matha text of the 1963 Yirrkala bark petitions - the 50th
anniversary of which will be the focus of the 2013 NAIDOC
week, reads: ...
In a small display case in a dimly lit room in Australia's
Parliament House in Canberra - cheek by jowl with a
facsimile of the Magna Carta and Australia’s Constitution
- sit three panels of richly painted stringy-bark."
By Bob Gosford
* NATIONAL NAIDOC WEEK 2013 THEME:
WE VALUE THE VISION: YIRRKALA BARK PETITIONS 1963
NAIDOC: 2013 National NAIDOC Week Theme
"The theme for NAIDOC Week 2013 is We value the vision:
Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963. This year’s theme proudly
celebrates the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the
Yirrkala Bark Petitions to the Federal Parliament. In
August 1963, the Yolngu people of Yirrkala in northeast
Arnhem Land sent two bark petitions – framed by traditional
ochre paintings of clan designs – to the Australian House
of Representatives. ... Asserting title to Yolngu country
under Yolngu law, the petitions were the first traditional
documents recognised by the Commonwealth Parliament and
helped to shape the nation’s acknowledgment of Aboriginal
people and their land rights."
- Current Event
Event: 7 to 14 July 2013: various locations in Australia
2013 National NAIDOC Week
The theme for NAIDOC Week 2013 is:
We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963
"We value the foresight, strength and determination of the
Yolngu people whose Bark Petitions set into motion a
long process of legislative and constitutional reforms
for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people."
The focus city for National NAIDOC celebrations is Perth
Event details: http://www.naidoc.org.au/
Event details: http://www.naidoc.org.au/celebrating-naidoc-week/2013-national-naidoc-week-theme/
Event details: Local NAIDOC Events Calendar: http://www.naidoc.org.au/naidoc-events/calendar/
'concerned Australians' NAIDOC Week Media Release: http://www.respectandlisten.org/uploads/downloads/ca/cA-NAIDOC-MR-7-7-13.pdf
- Upcoming Event
Event: 14 August 2013:
Yolngu Bark Petition 50th Anniversary
Event details: http://foundingdocs.gov.au/item-did-104.html
- NAIDOC Events
WGAR events postings for each State and Territory:
NAIDOC HONOURS YIRRKALA BARK PETITIONS
National Indigenous Radio Service:
NAIDOC honours Yirrkala Bark Petitions
5 Jul 13: "This year, the theme will honour the vision of
the 1963 Yirrkala Bark Petitions, which are still kept in
Canberra’s Parliament House. Anne Martin, Co-Chair of the
National NAIDOC Committee, discusses the choosing this
National Indigenous Radio Service: National NAIDOC Awards
4 Jul 13: "Anne Martin is the Co-Chair of the national
NAIDOC committee. She talks here about the selection
process for the popular awards."
* SENIOR AU:
- HONOURING YIRRKALA ABORIGINAL RIGHTS PIONEERS
- Analysis / Opinion
SeniorAu: NAIDOC - Honouring Yirrkala Aboriginal rights pioneers
7 Jul 13: "On the start of NAIDOC Week 2013 Reconciliation
Australia today paid respect to the creators of the
Yirrkala bark petition as pioneers in the struggle to have
Aboriginal rights recognised by the Australian Parliament
and broader community. Co-Chair Dr Tom Calma AO said that
fifty years ago the Yolngu Elders of North Eastern Arnhem
Land created their famous bark petition and set in train
the long process of social, legal and legislative change
towards recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander rights which continues today."
* GREENS WELCOME NAIDOC WEEK CELEBRATIONS
- Media Release
Wide Bay Greens: Greens welcome NAIDOC Week celebrations
7 Jul 13: "The Australian Greens affirm that this year’s
NAIDOC Week theme, 'We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark
Petitions 1963', emphasises the importance of the ongoing
campaign to build support for Constitutional Recognition of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. "NAIDOC Week
is a time to celebrate and recognise the culture, history
and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
peoples," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens
spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
issues said today. ... "
* YIRRKALA BARK PETITIONS 1963
Yirrkala bark petitions 1963 (Cth)
"Significance: ... The petitioners unsuccessfully sought
the Commonwealth Parliament's recognition of rights to
their traditional lands on the Gove Peninsula in Arnhem
Land through this instrument proclaiming those rights in
traditional form. Though these documents did not achieve
the constitutional change sought, they were effective in
making a way for the eventual recognition of Indigenous
rights in Commonwealth law."
* ABC NEWS:
MAJOR PARTIES COOL ON 'LOCKING IN' LAND RIGHTS
ABC News: Major parties cool on 'locking in' land rights
8 Jul 13: "The Federal Government and Opposition have both
reacted coolly to a call from the Northern Land Council to
have the Aboriginal Land Rights Act enshrined in the
Australian constitution. Land council chairman Wali
Wunungmurra, speaking ahead of NAIDOC week's celebrations
of the Yirrkala bark petitions, said last week he wanted
the act included in the constitution. "(To) protect it from
people watering it down, tearing it apart," Mr Wunungmurra
* BACKGROUND TO SUPPORT FOR THE YOLNGU STATEMENT
AND OPPOSITION TO THE 'STRONGER FUTURES' LAWS:
Last updated: 13 January 2013
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