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Nominations for Pilbara NAIDOC Awards close 19 June

Posted: June 16th, 2017

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Nominations to recognise inspirational Aboriginal people for the 2017 Port Hedland NAIDOC Awards are open until Monday 19 June.

A number of categories are available, including Artist of the Year, Person of the Year, Sports Person of the Year, and many others. You can find more information about the categories, selection criteria, and nomination process here.

Winners of the awards will be recognised during NAIDOC Week 2017, which takes place between the 2nd and 9th of July. More information about NAIDOC Week events can be found by emailing Katie at Health WA at 9174 1240 or by emailing katie.papertalk@health.wa.gov.au.

YMAC Director Featured on ABC Midwest

Posted: June 1st, 2017

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Victor Mourambine, Yamatji Member for the YMAC Board of Directors, was recently featured on ABC TV in the Midwest and Wheatbelt region.

Victor and his granddaughter Telisha Riley discussed having to apply for Australian Citizenship following the referendum for Aboriginal rights in 1967.

You can watch the video of their interview on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/abcmidwestandwheatbelt/videos/10155155761460985/

Victor and Telisha’s story is part of a free exhibition on display at the Museum of Geraldton. Right Wrongs: ’67 Referendum – WA 50 years on is open from 28 May to 3 September 2017.

Referendum exhibition opens in WA

Posted: May 29th, 2017

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An exhibition named “Right Wrongs: ’67 Referendum – the WA Story” will open to the public on Saturday 27 May. It commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the historic vote for Aboriginal rights in Australia.

Focusing on the themes of resistance, survival, and activism, the exhibition will feature stories of Aboriginal people from Western Australia.

Hosted by the State Library of Western Australia and the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, the exhibition will be available to visit across the State, including in Perth, Fremantle, Albany, and Kalgoorlie, and Geraldton.

For more information, you can visit Western Australian Museum’s website here.

“Revealed” exhibition opens 7 April

Posted: April 6th, 2017

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An exhibition featuring Aboriginal artists from across WA will open on Friday 7 April, and will run until Sunday 21 May at the North Wing of the Fremantle Arts Centre.

More than 80 artists from the Kimberley, Pilbara, Midwest, Goldfields, Wheatbelt and Great Southern will display paintings, prints, wood carvings, textiles, weaving, and multimedia features.

On Saturday 8 April, The Revealed Art Market will also be open, with prices for the artist’s works starting at $50.

For more information about the exhibition you can visit the Fremantle Arts website here, and for details about the art market you can visit the Facebook event page here.

Mid West Art Prize open for submissions

Posted: February 13th, 2017

The Greater City of Geraldton has reopened the Mid West Art Prize for submissions. Entries need to be submitted by 5:00PM on Monday 1 May, and must include the $40 entry fee.

The total prize pool for the 2017 Mid West Art Prize is $30,000. Awards and prizes will include:

  • City of Greater Geraldton Overall Award for Excellence $20,000
  • Rio Tinto Midwest Aboriginal Art Award $5,000
  • REDFM Youth Award $3,500
  • Local Member (MLA) People’s Choice Award $1,500

More details about the prize and submitting your work can be found at the City of Greater Geraldton’s website here.

National Indigenous Youth Parliament open for applications

Posted: February 7th, 2017

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A program sponsored by the YMCA, Australian Electoral Commission and volunteers is inviting Aboriginal people between the ages of 16 and 25 to apply to the week-long National Indigenous Youth Parliament.

Six people from each state will travel to Canberra to develop their leadership skills, meet Australia’s leaders, learn about democracy and have their say on important issues.

The deadline for applications is Friday 3 March 2017. More information about the program and how to apply can be found on the AEC website here.

Nyangumarta Warrarn TEK project gets published

Posted: January 24th, 2017

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With the support of YMAC, the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, and the Indigenous Protected Areas Program, the Nyangumarta Warrarn Aboriginal Corporation has published a compilation of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) of the Nyangumarta Warrarn Indigenous Protected Area (IPA).

The booklet is a collection of ethno-botanical information passed down through generations of Nyangumarta people. More than 80 plants were collected, and descriptions of 70 species appear in the book. The data was collected during two surveys of Nyangumarta country in 2014 and 2015.

A copy of the booklet can be obtained through Nyangumarta Warrarn Aboriginal Corporation, and digital copies of the booklet can be downloaded from the YMAC website here.

New Bundiyarra newsletter available

Posted: January 13th, 2017

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The December edition of Bundiyarra Gardantha, the newsletter produced by the Bundiyarra Aboriginal Community Aboriginal Corporation, is now available for download.

In this issue, Bundiyarra shares stories from its successful language bush camp, photos of a visit by The Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of WA, and the exciting work being done to protect the language of the Malgana people from Shark Bay.

Bundiyarra Gardantha, which means “a good place moving forward”, is a quarterly newsletter which has been produced with help of a grant from the City of Greater Geraldton. Digital copies of back issues are available on the Bundiyarra website here, and you can request to be added to their mailing list by contacting them by email.

Paddy Poland documentary to air on NITV

Posted: December 8th, 2016

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A WA-produced documentary about Malgana man Jimmy “Paddy” Poland will be shown on NITV (SBS) over the next three years.

“Shark Bay Salt Water Stories: Yarning with Jimmy” is a collection of stories looking at Jimmy’s life growing up around the Gutharraguda (Shark Bay) area over nine decades.

The film tells his stories about growing up in the Shark Bay community, how he worked as a fisherman, stockman, shearing hand, and cook, and how he learned how to carve pearl shell, emu eggs and boab nuts from his father.

You can watch an excerpt here and learn more about the film at the Facebook page here.