Country, Culture, People, Future

August 2017

YMAC Board Does Not Support Cashless Welfare Card

Posted: August 17th, 2017

The YMAC Board of Directors are representatives of Aboriginal native title claim groups, PBCs, corporations and communities across WA. The YMAC Board does not support the cashless welfare card being promoted by Andrew Forrest because it unfairly discriminates against Aboriginal people.

The Minderoo Foundation video targets vulnerable people and unfairly exploits them. It perpetuates a racist stereotype that is held within the non-Aboriginal community that these people cannot be trusted to manage their own affairs. This propaganda is damaging to the good work that many are doing to build positive relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

YMAC CEO Simon Hawkins states “… YMAC and the Australian public needs to see the data from the trial of the program to determine the merits of the cashless card, not just selective evidence from a few individuals. Broader consultation with the Aboriginal communities likely to be impacted by the program is needed to empower Aboriginal people to make informed choices on these matters.”

See more in the media release: ymac.org.au/media-releases/3960/

NITV calls for emerging Indigenous film-makers to apply for Spirit Initiative 2017

Posted: August 11th, 2017

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NITV is calling for up and coming Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander film-makers to apply for the fifth annual Spirit Initiative. Formerly known as the Spirit Award, the Initiative includes a professional development opportunity with NITV in addition to the opportunity to make a short documentary as part of NITV’s Our Stories. The winner will be flown to Sydney for a three week work experience placement where they will be mentored and trained by NITV’s experienced staff from a range of departments. They will then be commissioned to produce a 15-minute Our Stories documentary in language and a news story from their local community.

Applicants are required to submit a three minute ‘sizzle reel’ – a snapshot showcase of their work – and a pitch for their 15 minute documentary.
Applications close Friday 1 September 2017, with the winner to be announced at the 19th National Remote Indigenous Media Festival in Irrunytju, Western Australia from 25-30 September 2017.

For more information and to apply online visit: nitv-spirit-initiative