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    NAIDOC Week: Still Supporting Yolngu in Their Fight for Rights: * concerned Australians * Newsletter date: 8 July 2013 This newsletter:
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 7, 2013
      NAIDOC Week:
      Still Supporting Yolngu in Their Fight for Rights:
      'concerned Australians'


      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

      Contents:

      * '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':
      NAIDOC WEEK:
      STILL SUPPORTING YOLNGU IN THEIR FIGHT FOR RIGHTS



      - Media Release

      'concerned Australians':
      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
      Indymedia: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/07/07/still-supporting-yolngu-in-their-fight-for-rights
      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,
      called on
      " 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]



      - Video

      ABC Darwin: The seed for land rights: Yirrkala Bark Petitions
      By Clare Rawlinson, Jim Trail
      http://www.abc.net.au/local/videos/2013/07/05/3797036.htm?site=darwin
      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]



      - Audio

      SBS Radionews:
      Celebrating 50 years since the Yirrkala Bark Petitions

      By Thea Cowie
      http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/275570/Celebrating-50-years-since-the-Yirrkala-Bark-Petitions
      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

      http://blogs.crikey.com.au/northern/2013/07/07/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


      - Background

      NAIDOC: 2013 National NAIDOC Week Theme
      http://www.naidoc.org.au/celebrating-naidoc-week/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:
      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/03/about-wgar-news-wgar-events-postings


      * NIRS:
      NAIDOC HONOURS YIRRKALA BARK PETITIONS



      - Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      NAIDOC honours Yirrkala Bark Petitions

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29503/NAIDOC-honours-Yirrkala-Bark-Petitions.html
      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
      year’s theme."

      National Indigenous Radio Service: National NAIDOC Awards
      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29477/National-NAIDOC-Awards.html
      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:
      NAIDOC
      - HONOURING YIRRKALA ABORIGINAL RIGHTS PIONEERS



      - Analysis / Opinion

      SeniorAu: NAIDOC - Honouring Yirrkala Aboriginal rights pioneers
      http://www.seniorau.com.au/index.php/more-seniorau-news/3916-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
      http://widebaygreens.org/2013/07/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)
      http://foundingdocs.gov.au/item-did-104.html
      "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



      - News

      ABC News: Major parties cool on 'locking in' land rights
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-08/cool-reaction-to-calls-for-land-rights-act-to-be-put-in-constit/4805192
      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
      said."


      * BACKGROUND TO SUPPORT FOR THE YOLNGU STATEMENT
      AND OPPOSITION TO THE 'STRONGER FUTURES' LAWS:


      Last updated: 13 January 2013

      http://indymedia.org.au/2012/06/10/background-to-support-for-the-yolngu-statement-and-opposition-to-the-stronger-futures-law

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