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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.

2015 Amnesty International Media Awards now open

Posted: July 24th, 2015

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Launch of Amnesty's Indigenous Youth Incarceration campaign.  Photo: (c)AIA/ IngetjeTadros

Amnesty’s Indigenous Youth Incarceration Campaign
Photo: (c)AIA/ IngetjeTadros

These awards include the Indigenous Reporting category, recognising excellence in media coverage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander human rights issues.

This year’s Amnesty International Australia Media Awards are now open and journalists are encouraged to enter their human rights stories of the last year.

To enter these awards visit here before the closing date of Friday 14 August 2015.

Aboriginal language initiatives

Posted: May 15th, 2015

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There are positive initiatives across Western Australia committed to preserving traditional languages.

Nyangumarta speakers in Hedland recently underwent training to become qualified interpreters for hospitals and courts. The training facilitated by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters is hoped to increase access to services for Aboriginal people.

Weerianna Street Media in collaboration with linguist Janelle Mowarin and the Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre have created language videos for schools and other resources to complement a Ngarluma online dictionary. The Wangka Maya dictionary and Ngarluma Language Resource are available online here.

Geraldton’s Bundiyarra-Irra Wangga Language Centre recently launched a Nhanda alphabet poster along with other educational posters which promote the Nhanda language. Anyone interested in contributing to the Nhanda dictionary project may call Ms Sitorus at the Bundiyarra-Irra Wangga Language Centre on 9920 7900.

600 year old Kariyarra ancestor buried at the Pioneer Cemetery

Posted: September 3rd, 2014

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The Department of Aboriginal Affairs repatriation program will see thirteen sets of remains including those of a 600 year old Kariyarra ancestor buried at the Old Port Hedland Pioneer Cemetery.

The Old Pioneer was chosen as it will mean the ancestral remains will rest alongside other Kariyarra ancestors.

A ceremony will be held at the cemetery on 26th September.

Bloodwood Tree Career Expo in Hedland

Posted: August 1st, 2014

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Bloodwood Tree Association is holding a Career and Try-A-Trade Expo at the Hedland Senior High School oval on 29 August 2014, from 8:30 am – 2pm. The Expo is an annual event to allow people to explore a wide range of career opportunities on offer in Port Hedland and beyond.

The Bloodwood Tree Association is an Aboriginal Corporation established in 1977 which helps support the community in many ways, including training and work ready programs, substance abuse support, and support for the homeless. For more information on the Career and try-A-Trade Expo email hradmin@bloodwoodtree.org.au or call 9138 3000.

“Cultural Protocols in our Town” – Town of Port Hedland

Posted: April 17th, 2014

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The Town of Port Hedland welcomes all members of the community to attend the forum held on “Cultural Protocols in our Town”.

Discussions will center around cultural awareness, protocols in the Town and developing solutions to better integrate the community.

The forum aims to provide a platform for community members, agencies, Council officers and local businesses to make connections, share ideas, resolve issues and celebrate community achievements.

Forum Topic: Cultural Protocols in our Town
Date: Monday 26 May 2014
Time: 9.30am – 1pm
Place: Lotteries House, Leake Street, South Hedland

If you would like to attend email  eacd@porthedland.wa.gov.au to RSVP.

Aboriginal Arts Center opens in Port Hedland

Posted: March 14th, 2014

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Spinifex Hill Studio’s, the first dedicated professional aboriginal arts center, opened in Port Hedland last week.

Local aboriginal artists were joined by dignitaries and hundreds of people from across the Pilbara to celebrate the historic opening.

For more information on the center, including opening times, click here.

Chance to join a Hedland Community Consultation Group

Posted: November 28th, 2013

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BHP Billiton Iron Ore is looking for participants for it Hedland Community Consultative Group. The Group meets bi-monthly and serves as an opportunity for BHP to share information and get feedback from the community.

BHP is looking for people who are active in their community and who represent environmental groups, Aboriginal communities, ethnic communities, small businesses, contractors, educators, youth, community organisations and health and social services.

Contact belinda.fox@bhpbilliton.com for more information and expression of interest forms. Expressions of interest close on Dec. 9.

Have your say on pastoral lease issues

Posted: October 22nd, 2013

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The Standing Committee on Public Administration will hold public committee hearings for its inquiry into pastoral leases this November. The Committee will be travelling to Carnarvon for a public hearing on 5 November and to Port Hedland for a public hearing on 6 November.

The outcomes of the inquiry will impact on the way pastoral leases are administered into the future. Click here for more information and to view the inquiry’s terms of reference.

Members of the public can sit in on the hearings, but to have your say to the committee, contact Lauren Mesiti on 9222 7376 as soon as possible, as places are limited.