Harley Windsor and partner Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya competing overseas.

Skater Harley Windsor set to become first Indigenous Winter Olympian

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. Windsor, 21, and Alexandrovskaya are the 2017 World Junion champions, the 2017 CS Nebelhorn Trophy bronze medallists, and 2017 Australian national champions.

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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.

Four Indigenous women make Jillaroos squad

Nakia Davis-Welsch, one of five Indigenous Jillaroos to contest the Women’s Rugby League World Cup next month.
Thursday, 12 October 2017 9:35 am

FOUR Indigenous players are in the Australian Jillaroos squad of 24 that will defend the Women’s Rugby League World Cup starting in Sydney on November 16. They are Caitlin Moran and Rebecca Young (North Newcastle) and Redfern All Blacks Nakia Davis-Welsh and Lavina O’Mealey. The Jillaroos’ opening match will be against the Cook Islands at Endeavour Field, in Sydney’s south. The Women’s Rugby League World Cup is being played for the first time concurrently with the Men’s World Cup.

Girls from Don Dale share stories through art

The waterfalls remind me of my grandfather’s country, where the water is so blue. It reminds me of family. The serpent is the creator.
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 3:56 pm

TO mark the International Day of the Girl, October 11, the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory has released a series of art works created by girls from the Don Dale Detention Centre.  The series of six paintings and accompanying personal statements provide insight into the lives of girls in detention. The paintings express their feelings about detention, separation from family and kin and hopes about returning home. Artworks at https://childdetentionnt.royalcommission.gov.au/Documents/Voices-Girls-in-detention.pdf

A.B. Original nominated for six ARIA awards

Trials and Briggs at this year’s Invasion Day protest in Brisbane.
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 12:09 pm

A.B. Original’s album Reclaim Australia has earned the hip hop duo six ARIA award nominations. The duo, made up of Briggs and Trials, won the 12th Australian Music Prize this year and the album’s lead single January 26 reached #16 on triple j’s Hottest 100. Jessica Mauboy also secured six nominations including best female artist, making it seven consecutive years of ARIA nominations. Dan Sultan is in the running for three awards. Archie Roach and Busby Marou have both been nominated for Best Blues and Roots Album.