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Hundreds of people marched through Sydney calling for justice.

Families march for justice

Family members of 13 Aboriginal people who died in suspicious circumstances over the past 35 years marched on NSW Parliament House in Sydney today demanding justice. Shouting ‘Black lives matter’, hundreds marched from the town hall to Macquarie street, where speaker after speaker shared horrific stories of the injustices that led to the deaths of their family members.
The families involved are still fighting for justice for Buddy Kelly, Mark Haines, Stephen Smith, Theresa Binge, Jaylen Close-Armstrong, Rayshaun Carr, David Dungay Jnr, TJ Hickey, Kamahl Bamblett, Evelyn Greenup, Colleen Walker-Craig, Clinton Speedy-Duroux and Tane Chatfield.
Read our in-depth report in next week’s Koori Mail.

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The 2019 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) were announced at a ceremony on the lawns of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

Darwin came alive for art awards

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 9:44 am

The 2019 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) were announced at a ceremony on the lawns of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory recently.

Thousands flocked to the free event overlooking the Arafura Sea and under the stars.

Renowned Aboriginal comedian Sean Choolburra was MC and Larrakia Custodian Tony Dhuwan Lee got the night underway with a welcome to country while Larrikia Dancers, Djuki Mala and Torres Strait Islander choreographer Albert David performed. 

Between award presentations and acceptance speeches – one delivered in song and another in sign language the audience were entertained with class acts –Djuki Male, Mojo Juju, Albert David and Electric Fields. 

Arts leader, Bundjalung women Rhoda Roberts was the creative director of the evening for the fourth year.

Following the ceremony the doors to the exhibition of NATSIAA winners and finalist works were open to the public.

Viewers were awestruck with the stories, talent, complexity, beauty and diversity of the artworks.

Ray Dixon, a Mudburra Traditonal Owner from Marlinja community near Elliott, with other community members are fighting Origin’s plans to frack their lands.

Remote NT communities ‘sacrificed’ to fracking

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 2:16 pm

MANY remote Aboriginal communities have been left out of the ‘no-go zones’ to fracking announced by the Northern Territory Government last month.

Instead, the ‘no-go zones’ were allocated to protect towns, residential areas and areas of high tourism, ecological and cultural value.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the controversial mining practice of blasting toxic chemicals into a rock seam to fracture the rock and release gas. 

First Nations Justice lead campaigner Larissa Baldwin, from GetUp, accused the government of backhandedly declaring remote communities as a sacrifice zone for the fracking industry.

“Community consent and consultation has been trashed and Aboriginal land and water has been handed to the gas lobby,” she said.

Kev Carmody poses for a photograph with the JC Williamson Award at the 19th Annual Helpmann Awards in Melbourne (AAP)

Kev Carmody takes out Helpmann award

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 2:10 pm

An Indigenous singer-songwriter whose works have become ingrained in Australian culture has taken out a top prize at the 19th annual Helpmann Awards.

Kev Carmody took out this year’s JC Williamson Award for his outstanding contribution to the live performance industry.

“Thank you to the Helpmann organisation for the recognition of our ancient oral tradition. I accept this award on behalf of that recognition as well as all indigenous people,” Carmody said.

Australian music legend Paul Kelly presented his “old friend” with the award.

“I believe his body of work to be one of Australia’s enduring cultural treasures, combining oral history, politics, poetry and prayer,” Kelly said.

The Gulf Country Frontier Days Festival will include a one-day rodeo

Gulf country set to sing for festival

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 2:07 pm

GULF Country Frontier Days Festival director Alec Doomadgee said he’s over the moon that Dan Sultan will be headlining the North Queensland event next month, which includes four days of music, dance, culture, workshops and a one-day rodeo.

“Our Native brothers and sisters from around the world will join us on the tribal lands of the Gangalidda people, who have given permission for the first time to hold a concert and cultural performances on the Burketown Salt Flats,” Doomadgee said.

“This is a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed. The magic begins from the opening ceremony, with

our artists sharing their medicine and culture from around the world.” 

Blues-rock guitarist and Native American flute player Micki Free returns to the Festival in 2019 with full band

from the USA to share ‘the Micki Free Experience’.

Thelma Pllum has released her new album, Better In Blak.

Thelma Plum is back and Better In Blak

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 2:00 pm

Gamilaraay woman Thelma Plum’s new album Better in Blak, released last week, is already creating waves.

It’s been nominated for a prestigious Australian Music Award and Plum’s performance at Splendour in the Grass, a music festival in northern NSW, earlier this month earned her rave reviews.

“On this new record I sing a lot about my identity and being an Aboriginal woman in this country, what that’s like,” Plum said in an interview with music platform Spotify.

“I guess it was like therapy. It was therapeutic. It taught me how to love myself again.”

2019 Hadley’s Art Prize winner Carbiene McDonald Tjangala with Four Dreamings.

Prize-winning artist a newcomer

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 1:58 pm

CARBIENE McDonald Tjangala, from Pupunya in the Northern Territory, who only started painting last year, has taken out the $100,000 Hadley’s Art Prize.

His winning work Four Dreamings, made up of hundreds of shimmering monotone squares, depicts four stories he inherited from his father.

“These tjukurrpa are associated with a series of waterholes running between Docker River and Kata Tjuta,” Mr McDonald Tjangala said.

Four Dreamings will join Hobart’s Hadley’s Orient Hotel permanent art collection, along side the works of previous winners – senior Anangu lawman Peter Mungkuri and Tasmanian artist Neil Haddon.

 Papunya Tjupi Arts Centre manager Emma Collard said Mr McDonald Tjangala, who lives at Blackwater Outstation – a homeland outside of the remote community of Pupunya – and only began his career as an artist only last year with the Centre’s Men’s Art and Culture Revival program, has already had a sell out solo show in Alice Springs and exhibited nationally as well as in Germany.