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Archives August 2015

STAR STORIES of the Dreaming: First Nations Astronomy-Trailer - 6 minute Trailer

Where we are coming from, moving into a new and exciting future

With a new and exciting future ahead, Michael Anderson reminds us of where we have been in the past 40 years in respect of our struggle for land rights, sovereignty, restitution and compensation, and what has been said and acted upon by the governments.

He presents an overview of our struggle for sovereignty and outlines the importance of standing our ground. This article includes examples of the concerns the state and territories have in respect of our potential claims that will come their way.

This, people, is our time. Stand up and be counted.
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First Nations communities are losing out in the development of northern Australia

Tony Abbott tells us that his northern development obsession "will benefit every single Australian" but a Research Fellow in Anthropology at Australian National University writes that while this may be good news to developers, it makes many First Nations people in the region very anxious.
Today it's much harder for First Nations people to support development, as many are now able to see clearly how the costs and benefits associated with large-scale development in the region are distributed unequally. Read more about First Nations communities are losing out in the development of northern Australia

First Nations fire methods could slash global emissions: UN report

Indigenous fire methods could slash global emissions says UN

Ancient Indigenous Australian bush-burning could be used around the world to radically cut greenhouse gas emissions, according to United Nations research, which also challenges Prime Minister Tony Abbott's refusal to embrace the purchase of international carbon credits. Abbott has previously said buying overseas offsets sends money "offshore into dodgy carbon farms in Equatorial Guinea and Kazakhstan".

The government this month delayed considering the measure until 2017 or later, saying it would rather make cuts domestically. Read more about First Nations fire methods could slash global emissions: UN report

Claims that Twiggy Forrest has purposely manipulated a Pilbara community

Andrew (Twiggy) Forrest

Forrest offered a capped payment to the Yindjibarndi of $4 million for access to their sacred land. After negotiating for six months, which is all that is required under the act, Fortescue was able to get its mining lease from the National Native Title Tribunal. Last month, the dispute returned to haunt Forrest when a Federal Court judge made a series of extraordinary findings about Fortescue's conduct in the native title claim lodged by Woodley and the Yindjibarndi over a stretch of land that includes the now-built Solomon mine. Included on this page is article, audio report and copy of the court report. Read more about Claims that Twiggy Forrest has purposely manipulated a Pilbara community

Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture 2015

Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture 2015

The complete transcript of Jeff McMullen's Lecture at Charles Darwin University on 6 Augus 2015 - Vincent Lingiari knew who he was and that this land held him close to its heart. "You can keep your gold. We just want our land back." The Old Man knew that the answer was in the hearts of good men and women who stood together as the best of mates. He never doubted what was right, no matter how long it took or how many tried to buy him off. The Old Man outlasted all the naysayers because he lived his value system and he led good people with him on the long road towards equality. Read more about Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture 2015

Protest at Kirribilli, against forced assimilation and genocide through 'Recognition' - 6 July 2015, Sydney
It should be noted that the above protest was filmed by NITV but 'pulled' before it was broadcasted, thus demonstrating the ongoing media blackout on grass roots opposition to Constitutional Recognition. NITV is government funded.
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