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First Nations Women speak out about Treaty

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First Nations Women speak out about Treaty


First Nations Women speak out about Treaty
Forum marking UN Human Rights Day 2015

(No tickets needed free event - first come first in limited space)

Venue: Redfern Community Centre
29–53 Hugo Street
Redfern NSW 2016

Date: Friday 20 March

Time: 5.30 for 6pm start

Speakers:

Arrernte-Alyawarra Elder Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, Rosalie is an outspoken advocate for her people who featured in John Pilger’s 2014 film ‘Utopia’. She is currently a Freedom Summit Delegate and has been named 2015 Northern Territory Australian of the year in recognition of her life-long activism.

South Sea/Darumbal woman, Amy McQuire. Amy is the former editor of Tracker magazine and the National Indigenous Times and is currently a journalist with New Matilda.

Wiradjuri woman, Amala Groom is an artist and social justice activist who was recently elected onto the National Board of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.

Natalie Cromb is a Gamileraay woman who works in the legal profession and writes on Indigenous affairs.
She is a passionate advocate for Aboriginal people
and has a longstanding involvement in community organisations.

The forum will be chaired by journalist and film-maker, Jeff McMullen.

Sponsored by Stop The Intervention Collective Sydney

All welcome to this forum discussing the urgent grassroots Human Rights issues for our First Peoples.

More Info; Stoptheintervention.org 0422385852

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“We the Aboriginal Peoples of Australia have been waiting for over 200 years for formal and binding agreements with Government. We want the opportunity to take control over our lives and determine our futures through legal agreements, compacts, covenants or treaties established in law and enforceable in the courts”. – concerned Australians website

“Under the Intervention we lost our rights as human beings, as Australian citizens, as First People of the Land. We feel very deeply the threat to our languages, our culture and our heritage. Through harsh changes we have had removed from us all our control over our communities and our lives. Our lands have been compulsorily taken from us. We have been left with nothing.” - Statement of Elders: ‘In the Absence of Treaty’

“First Nations leader Galarrwuy Yunipingu stated in 1987 ‘ A treaty which is recognised by international convention must state that Aboriginal People are the indigenous sovereign owners of Australia and adjacent islands since before 1770 and as such have rights and treaty rights; their sovereignty was never ceded, and the doctrine of terra nullius cannot be supported in international law as the legal basis for European occupation of, and acquisition of sovereignty over, our land.’”
(quoted from Larrissa Behrendt’s ‘Indigenous Australia for Dummies’)

(Dear Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney supporters,
We are planning to present a forum with guest speakers Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, Amy McQuire and more speakers to be announced.

Rosalie has been an outspoken advocate for her people, as seen in the film ‘Utopia’, on episodes of Q&A and she has been named the Northern Territorian 2014 person of the year. Monica has held the position of Manager of Amnesty International's Indigenous Rights Program and both have attended the Freedom Summit in November 2014. The forum will explore Treaty and its relationship to the current ‘Recognise’ campaign.

We are appealing for financial support for this important forum to be held March 20 in Sydney, marking the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. First Nations Peoples of Australia are mobilising. We are on the cusp of change! Please help us with a donation.)

Bank Details:
Account Name: Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney
BSB number: 06 2212
Account number: 10452725
ABN 56 162 064 644.

Any donations will be gratefully accepted.

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