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Jessica Mauboy named as Australia’s entrant for Eurovision 2018

Aboriginal singer Jessica Mauboy is Australia’s entrant in the 2018 Eurovision contest, to be hosted by Portugal this May. The 28-year-old says culture will be her focus as she starts work on a song she hopes will sweep away the judges in what is the world’s biggest TV music competition. Mauboy was on stage at Eurovision 2014, but only as an interval act. She follows in the footsteps of fellow Aboriginal performer Isaiah Firebrace, who was a top-10 finisher at Eurovision last year.

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Rugby league festival to kick off 2018 season

Cherbourg Hornet players after the 2017 Interstate Challenge against the Redfern All Blacks at Newcastle. The Redfern All Blacks won the men’s match 34-12.
Thursday, 23 November 2017 10:19 am

THE second Festival of Indigenous Rugby League will kick off the 2018 rugby league season on February 10 with the NRL announcing a week-long celebration and matches at Sydney’s Redfern Oval. The 2018 festival will follow the inaugural 2017 Newcastle festival. Six teams will play as part of the festival, with emerging men’s and women’s Maori teams participating for the first time. The Indigenous All Stars elements will form part of the festival, including the Youth Summit and NRL Indigenous Players’ Cultural Camp.

Jillaroos take on Canada in women’s world cup

Caitlin Moran on her way to the try line in the World Cup match against a luckless England. Picture: NRLPhotos
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 2:01 pm

CAITLIN Moran and Nakia Davis-Welsh have been rotated out of the Jillaroos team to take on Canada this afternoon in the final pool game at the women’s Rugby League World Cup. Maddie Studdon will get a chance to impress in the No 7 jersey with Moran not named in coach Brad Donald’s 17 for the game at Endeavour Field, in Sydney’s south. Moran and Davis-Welsh are two of four Indigenous players in Australia’s World Cup squad – the others being Rebecca Young and Lavina O’Mealey. Moran all but locked down the halfback spot after starring in the Jillaroos’ 38-0 win over England.

Windsor set to become our first Winter Olympian

Harley Windsor and partner Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya competing overseas.
Thursday, 9 November 2017 3:07 pm

FIGURE skater Harley Windsor will become Australia’s first Indigenous winter Olympian when he pairs with new citizen Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The duo qualified for Australia as a pairs berth at the February Games and their selections have been confirmed alongside fellow figure skaters Brendan Kerry and Kailani Crane, who will compete individually. The quartet are the first confirmed Australian team selections for the Winter Games.

IMP runners complete New York Marathon

The 2017 IMP New York City Marathon runners, back, from left, TJ Cora, Luke Reidy, Layne Brown, Roy Tilmouth, Scott Cox, Zane Sparke; front, Maletta Seriat, Cara Smith, Allirra Winmar, Natasha Shires.
Wednesday, 8 November 2017 11:01 am

FOR the 10 Indigenous runners who completed this week’s New York Marathon, the finish line was just the start. The race was the culmination of six months of training and commitment for the squad, many of whom came from non-running backgrounds, and from some of Australia’s most remote areas. Last Sunday, November 5 (early Monday Australian time), the 10 runners of the Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) lined up in a field of more than 50,000. Luke Reidy of Perth, was the first male to finish, while Allirra Winmar, of Perth, was the first female.

Decision made to close Uluru climb

Sammy Wilson, right, with Peter Wilson, centre, and Wally Jacob. Picture: Jillian Mundy
Wednesday, 1 November 2017 3:13 pm

VISITORS to Uluru will no longer able to climb to the summit. The Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park board of management chose to close the climb to the summit of Uluru for good, a decision supported by traditional owners and the NT Central Land Council (CLC). Anangu man Sammy Wilson said the traditional owners have been in a difficult position. “Over the years Anangu have felt a sense of intimidation, as if someone is holding a gun to our heads to keep it open,” he said. The climb will close in two years.

Turnbull Government rejects Indigenous voice

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Friday, 27 October 2017 9:31 am

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s government has rejected a proposal for a constitutionally-enshrined Indigenous voice to parliament. At a summit at Uluru in May, Indigenous delegates rejected symbolic constitutional recognition in favour of an elected parliamentary advisory body, a makarrata commission and a treaty. Mr Turnbull said a new representative body was not desirable or capable of winning acceptance at a referendum. The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples said the decision was sending “shockwaves” through Indigenous communities.

Dr Paul wins Rhodes scholarship to Oxford

Thursday, 26 October 2017 11:00 am

WIRADJURI woman Dr Claudia Paul has become the third Australian Indigenous person to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, having been named the 2018 Rhodes Scholar for South Australia. Dr Paul, 24, an Adelaide University medical graduate from Broken Hill, will use her scholarship to undertake a Masters of International Health and Tropical Medicine at the University of Oxford, England. One of the world’s most prestigious scholarships, the Rhodes recognises outstanding academic achievement, character, leadership, and a commitment to community service.

Gardner fires in Ashes opener to help Australia

Ashleigh Gardner playing for NSW at the National Indigenous Cricket Championships in Alice Springs. Picture: Getty
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 2:47 pm

IT’S been a big month for Indigenous cricketer Ashleigh Gardner, with the allrounder starring for Australia in the opening Women’s Ashes match against England and being named One to Watch award in the Health Women in Sport Awards. A thrilling cameo from Gardner carried Australia to an exciting win over England in the first one-day Ashes match at Allan Border Field, Brisbane. Gardner struck two thrilling sixes in her 18-ball innings of 27. Australia won with five balls to spare.

Ngurrara Canvas awakes back on country

The Ngurrara canvas is back on country for the first time since it was painted 20 years ago, as part of a native title claim. Picture courtesy Kimberley Land Council
Monday, 23 October 2017 12:06 pm

MORE than 100 people gathered in the Great Sandy Desert, WA, to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the Ngurrara Canvas II. The canvas, measuring 8m by 10m, is a vivid map of Ngurrara country, and was prepared as evidence for the Ngurrara native title claim. This is the first time the canvas has been returned to the banks of Lake Pirnini, where it was originally painted in 1997. Ten years after the canvas was painted, Ngurrara were granted exclusive possession native title over 77, 595 square kilometres—an area larger than Tasmania.

AIATSIS to work with Native American museum

AIATSIS chief executive Craig Ritchie and NMAI director Kevin Gover at the MOU signing in Washington DC. Picture: Mali Pearson
Friday, 20 October 2017 11:42 am

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Washington DC today. AIATSIS chief executive Craig Ritchie said both organisations are dedicated exclusively to the histories and cultures of indigenous peoples. The NMAI is part of the Smithsonian in the USA, the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, with 19 museums and a zoo.