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Callous police raid on the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy

Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy

We must avoid attacking each other. This fits right into the concepts and expectations that mainstream have with regard to Aboriginal Peoples. There are other ways to solving problems, other than calling upon the NSW Police.
We must always maintain the knowledge of who our true enemy is and it is certainly not a group of people who seek to take back ownership of that which we fought for and continue to fight for right through to this day. Read more about Callous police raid on the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy

Cultural appropriation and the portrayal of First Nations Peoples as lesser beings

In a provocative keynote address at the Australian Theatre Forum Ilbijerri Theatre Company's Artistic Director, Rachael Maza, spoke powerfully and passionately about the differences between cultural appropriation and cultural exchange ... It's frightening to see that these condescending productions are accepted and even acclaimed in 2015. These public productions that perpetuate the myths of the invaders is one of the principle reasons that 'Education' urgently needs to provide a more comprehensive understanding of history. Read more about Cultural appropriation and the portrayal of First Nations Peoples as lesser beings

University of Wollongong academic to steer First Nations trauma program

Trauna from Colonisation

Indigenous health experts gathered at University of Wollongong this week to introduce an Indigenous trauma recovery program developed at Harvard University.

"Evidence shows us that the processes of colonisation, with the loss of land, identity, family, layers into compound trauma - and what we're finding as evidence is compound trauma rolls into physical and psychological problems," said Debra Hocking - Read more about University of Wollongong academic to steer First Nations trauma program

2014 First Nations Art Award inspired by police shooting of teenagers joy riding in Kings Cross

Tony Albert 'We can be heroes'

Tony Albert, the winner of this year's National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award 2014 says the work was inspired by the police shooting of two Aboriginal teenagers as they went on a joy ride in Kings Cross in 2012.

First Nation teenage boys are often walking targets for bullies, racists and the police, so in Tony Albert's art piece "We Can Be Heroes" stands defiant, challenging the viewer to take aim at the red bullseyes painted on their chests. The painting consists of 20 portraits, each young man, including the artist and his assistant, emerge bare-chested from a black background in a variety of proud and bold poses. Read more about 2014 First Nations Art Award inspired by police shooting of teenagers joy riding in Kings Cross

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