Country, Culture, People, Future

February 2014

CAMPFIRE YARNS WITH CLARRIE CAMERON

Posted: February 19th, 2014

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YMAC member and Nhanhagardi man Clarrie Cameron who launched his book Elephants in the Bush and other Yamatji Yarns last September will be appearing at the Perth Writers Festival this weekend.

Clarrie will share his stories at a free event on Saturday, February 22 at 4pm at the Tropical Grove in the grounds of the University of Western Australia.

For more information click here.

Elephants in the Bush and other Yamatji Yarns will be available for purchase on the day. If you’re unable to make it to the festival it is also available from all good bookshops and online from Magabala Books for $19.95.

YMAC News issue 23

Posted: February 18th, 2014

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The latest issue of YMAC News is now available online.

Our cover story features YMACs recognition from the Western Australian business community for excellence in the area of Aboriginal Leadership Development at the inaugural AIM WA/WestBusiness Pinnacle Awards on 28 November 2013.

In this issue you can read about the historic discovery of a rare wooden artifact found in Monkey Mia.

There is also information about a number of agreements YMAC has been working on throughout the regions. As well as a except from a recently published book The Miners – Stories from the industry that drives modern Australia, by Barry Avery, in which CEO Simon Hawkins is featured.

Click here to download YMAC News issue 23 or browse earlier issues here.

Applications Now Open for 2014 National Indigenous Youth Parliament

Posted: February 10th, 2014

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Applications are now open for the 2014 National Indigenous Youth Parliament

The National Indigenous Youth parliament brings together 50 young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16-25 from across Australia to meet in Canberra, discuss ideas, learn from mentors and present a number of draft bills to the Government.

Six Western Australians, aged 16-25 will be chosen to participate. The program involves of a training day in April with the other WA delegates, and a week of debate and professional development in Canberra in May with the delegates from all of the States and Territories.

Participants will be chosen based on their community involvement, ideas, and interest in government and the parliamentary process.

The program is run by the Australian Electoral Commission’s Indigenous Electoral Participation Program This is a unique opportunity for young people to learn how the system works, present their ideas to the Government, and connect with other future Indigenous leaders.

More information or to apply click here

 

Aboriginal Lands Trust and Western Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council Vacancies

Posted: February 6th, 2014

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The WA State Government is seeking to fill four (4) positions that will become vacant in the coming months for the Aboriginal Lands Trust. Appointments for these positions will be for a 4 year period.

The State Government is also seeking to fill six (6) position on the Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council which will become available in July.  Appointments for these positions will be for 3 year period.

For further information on the above roles and eligibility contact the Department of Aboriginal Affairs on 08 6551 8000 or visit their website.

OneSight Indigenous Design Competition

Posted: February 5th, 2014

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OneSight are seeking an aspiring Indigenous artist to create a piece of art which symbolises their culture and the importance of vision to their community.

OneSight is a not-for profit organisation working globally to provide free eye-screenings, free glasses where needed and eye-health education to disadvantaged and remote communities.

The winning piece of artwork will be used to create  limited edition Ray Ban Wayfarers frames with the artist with artists name printed on the inside arm of the frame and the artists story being recognised inside the packing. The artist will also receive a licence fee for each pair produced and $10 000 to be put towards the professional development of their choice. Fifty dollars from the sale of each pair will be donated to OneSight programs in rural and regional Indigenous communities across Australia.

Applications close February 28, for more information or to enter click here.

The Australia’s First Peoples Congress seeks new members

Posted: February 3rd, 2014

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Facing potential funding cuts, the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples is calling for more members in a show of community support.

The Congress was funded by the previous Federal Government on a 3 year agreement due to end in 2017. The current Coalition Government has indicated it is unlikely to commit to this funding agreement.

The National Congress acts as the national representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander peoples and is supported by a number of peak Indigenous organisations.

For more information or to become a member click here.