Baker Boy poses for a photograph after winning the 2022 ARIA Awards for Album of the Year, Best Solo Artist and Best Hip Hop/Rap Release during the awards ceremony at Hordern Pavilion in Sydney on Thursday, November 24.

First Nations performers shine at the ARIA Awards

WHEN six First Nations musicians took out top awards at the ARIA music awards this year, it made 2022 a year not to be forgotten. 

Our very own Yolŋu rapper, Baker Boy, triumphantly dominated the awards, with five wins at the prestigious annual Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) event. 

Baker Boy (aka Danzal James Baker) won best solo artist, as well as album of the year award for his 2021 release Gela – which features contributions from the late Uncle Jack Charles. 

The same album also won best album cover art, best mixed album and best hip hop/rap release. 

Baker Boy spoke in Yolŋu language during his acceptance speech for album of the year, and said “I wanted to show those kids back in community that they can succeed”.

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Youth Verdict First Nations Lead Campaigner and Co- director Murrawah Johnson said the voices of First Nations Queenslanders have been heard.

Human rights take a win over fossil-fuel industry

Wednesday, 30 November 2022 1:31 pm

BILLIONAIRE miner Clive Palmer has been dealt a massive blow in his bid to develop the largest coal mine in Queensland. 

The Land Court of Queensland has recommended the Queensland Government refuse permission for a coal mine in the Galilee Basin. 

The decision was made on environmental, human and cultural rights grounds. 

All five First Nations witnesses – Lala Gutchen, Florence Gutchen, Kapua Gutchen, Jiritju Fourmile and Harold Ludwick – were at the court with their families last Friday to hear the judgement after two years of hard work in the matter of Waratah Coal Pty Ltd v Youth Verdict Ltd & Ors. 

The case was the first time the Queensland Human Rights Act was used to object to a fossil-fuel project, and the first time in Australia that First Nations human and cultural rights were used to object to a…

Elder Ned Jampijinpa Hargraves in the outback community of Yuendumu, northwest of Alice Springs.

Call for payback to bring healing

Wednesday, 30 November 2022 1:30 pm

RESIDENTS in a remote Indigenous community where a Northern Territory policeman shot dead a teenager during bungled arrest say traditional payback needs to happen so it can heal. 

Kumanjayi Walker died after Constable Zachary Rolfe shot him three times during a bungled arrest in Yuendumu, northwest of Alice Springs, on November 9, 2019. 

Elder Ned Jampijinpa Hargraves says the court system that found Const Rolfe not guilty of the 19-year-old’s murder failed to deliver justice for the Warlpiri community. 

“People are very, very angry. They are not satisfied with what happened in Darwin,” he said on Tuesday in reference to the five- week jury trial. 

“That’s the question they are asking today – how come he was acquitted?” 

Asked if Yuendumu could finish its grieving for Mr Walker, known as sorry business, without traditional justice, Mr Hargraves said: “No…

Keith Wikmunea painting a ku’ carving at Aurukun’s Wik and Kugu Arts Centre.

Ku’ carvings lead exhibition

Wednesday, 30 November 2022 1:29 pm

THE Wik and Kugu Arts Centre’s famous ku’ (camp dog) carvings are among 160 works installed in the inaugural display of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in the newly located Yiribana Gallery at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. 

Aurukun Deputy Mayor Craig Koomeeta and Wik and Kugu Arts Centre Manager Gabriel Waterman will accompany artists Leigh Namponan, Keith Wikmunea, Vernon Marbendinar, Lex Namponan and Roderick Yunkaporta to the exhibition in Sydney next week where they will give talks on their art. 

Nine artists from the Wik and Kugu Arts Centre have carved 26 dogs that will be located in various groups across the gallery’s existing buildings and their new buildings which open to the public on December 3. 

Aurukun Mayor Keri Tamwoy said the Wik and Kugu artists were enjoying a number of successful exhibitions with sales over the past year to galleries and private…

The 2023 Imparja Cup will be played from 19-24 February.

Imparja Cup set for February

Wednesday, 30 November 2022 1:28 pm

NORTHERN Territory Cricket has confirmed the 2023 edition of the Imparja Cup will proceed, with the action to take place from February 19-24, 2023, in Mparntwe Alice Springs. 

The 2023 event will celebrate 30 years of the Imparja Cup as it brings together Indigenous cricketers from around the territory to celebrate cricket, Country and culture. 

The format of the 2023 tournament will follow that of recent years, with Northern Territory teams able to nominate for the following divisions: Major Centres Division (T20 format); Men’s Community Division (Super 8s format); and Women’s Community Division (Super 8s format). 

The Schools Cup also returns in 2023 with schools from around the Red Centre encouraged to register their interest in participating and a Community Cricket (Level 1) coaching accreditation course will also be held during the week long…

Long-time Koori Knockout commentator Brad Cooke (left) and Ely Corliss called the on-field action (inset) at Bomaderry for NITV.

The Knockout call that stops the First Nations

Wednesday, 16 November 2022 4:49 pm

BRAD COOKE had a bit of a tear in his eye describing the moment he sat in the commentary box to call the Koori Knockout for NITV, after two long years of forced postponements due to the pandemic.

•At Bomaderry, Cooke took his rightful place behind the mic to call the action at the 50th anniversary of the NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout Carnival on the state’s south coast. 

•It was a moment he was looking forward to and “the voice of the Koori KO” delivered. 

“My spirits are so high; to get to this weekend back is unreal,” he said, taking a moment out…

Maningrida dancers Tremmel Taylor (left), Tivisha Bading, Sethalia Olsen and Jamieson Nabegeyo taking out first place at the Evolution Dance Competition in Darwin.

Maningrida dancers are making deadly moves

Wednesday, 16 November 2022 4:48 pm

A DANCE group from Maningrida (Mala’la) is on its way to the Evolution Dance national finals at the Gold Coast in January. 

The nationals follow on from the Evolution Dance Competition in Darwin where the 10 youth, aged 8-15, had success by winning all their routines across hip hop and open dance categories earlier this year. 

Maddy Mackey, 28, a youth and family worker at Mala’la Health Service Aboriginal Corporation, has formed a special bond with the young people to help them create, practise, perform and participate in competitions. 

“They have found confidence, grown their leadership skills and brought their hopes and dreams to life in the process,” Maddy said.