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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

 

Call for entries in “The Art of Wellbeing” Art Competition

Posted: July 26th, 2017

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Not-for-profit mental health organisation, Richmond Wellbeing, has launched their inaugural ‘The Art of Wellbeing’ competition and exhibition.

It gives the WA Aboriginal community a chance to share their culture through their art, by submitting their interpretation of wellbeing in their chosen artistic form such as painting, photography, and sculpture. Up to 20 finalists will be selected and paid for their artwork, and the winner will be given the enriching experience of working with celebrated artist Janine Daddo and highly respected Noongar artist Wendy Hayden. The mentoring program from these esteemed artists will assist in spring boarding their career.

How to Enter

  1. Send the completed form by Monday 21st August 2017 to admin@rw.org.au or post to
        The Art of Wellbeing
        Richmond Wellbeing
        29 Manning Road
        Cannington, WA 6107
  2. We will contact you with an Entry Pack, to be completed by Friday 27th October.

Look out for our helpful Assistance Day, coming in September 2017. Let the inspiration flow!

Expressions of interest will close 21st August. For more information, visit: www.rw.org.au/the-art-of-wellbeing

Mount Magnet Elder Ollie George awarded NAIDOC Male Elder of the year

Posted: July 24th, 2017

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YMAC sends our heart-felt congratulations to Ollie George for receiving the Male Elder of the year award at the NAIDOC 2017 national award ceremony in Cairns. Mr George led several Badimia families and the Bundiyarra-Irra Wangga Language Centre on a project to create a new Badimia Dictionary, to preserve culture and language that can be shared across generations.

This year the annual NAIDOC Week theme was celebrating the importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. The focus: Our Languages Matter. As one of the last people living that can speak Badimia – an endangered Aboriginal language – Mr George’s 20 year commitment to documenting language and culture was recognised as a significant contribution to Aboriginal heritage.

“When I look back I’m proud because it’s my language and I’m not scared to speak my language. A lot of people in my town won’t speak it. It’s gone they reckon. But It’s not gone for me, I’ve still got it there.” Mr George said. “I’m proud to be able to share my knowledge and language with the next generation.”

Use the link below to view Ollie’s speech.

http://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2017/06/28/male-elder-year-recipient-awarded-preserving-aboriginal-languages

 

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.