Friday, July 08, 2016
|Lynda Burney and Bill Shorten|
NEWS: It’s been an extraordinary election for Indigenous Australia, with five MPs set to take seats in the new parliament, regardless of who forms government. Australian National University political expert Jill Sheppard says the proportion of MPs bound for Canberra is almost representative of the general population — and good news for Indigenous Australians.
NEWS: The next Federal government — regardless of which political party it comes from — must act swiftly to address the alarming suicide rates of Indigenous people in WA’s Kimberley. That's the call from the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Cultural Centre (KALACC) in WA’s north, a region where the suicide rate is among the highest in the world.
Posted by swaggies at 10:13 am
Sunday, July 03, 2016
Lani Balzan, a proud Wiradjuri Aboriginal woman from NSW, is this year’s winner of the prestigious National NAIDOC Poster Competition.
As the winner, Ms Balzan will have her artwork, titled: Songlines Tie All Aboriginal People Together displayed on the 2016 National NAIDOC Poster and receive a $5,000 cash prize. The poster will be distributed across the country to promote NAIDOC Week 2016, which runs from 3-10 July.
Artists entering the competition were asked to submit an artwork which represented their interpretation of this year’s NAIDOC theme - Songlines –The living narrative of our nation. There was a great response to this year’s competition. While more than 100 outstanding entries were received, the Committee was unanimous in its selection of Ms Balzan’s artwork.
Ms Balzan felt proud, shocked and incredibly honoured to find out her artwork and been selected. “I feel very humbled that I am able to share this with the Illawarra Indigenous community”
Ms Balzan’s artwork represents all of the Songlines coming together to create our nation. You can see how they criss-cross the land as they run East, West, North, South and diagonally across the country to track the journeys of our ancestors.
Posted by swaggies at 6:45 pm