Ballerina Ella Havelka
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Swan Lake inspiration for trail-blazing ballerina

by Tony Barrass in DANCE

Ella Havelka was seven years old when her mother played her an old VHS recording of a performance of Swan Lake, unknowingly setting her on a course to become the first Indigenous ballerina in the 50-year history of the Australian Ballet. “She went to the library one day and must have been looking at different things on the shelves and [...]

NEWS

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    The Law Council of Australia has called for urgent change to combat high rates of imprisonment highlighted in the Productivity Commission’s latest report on overcoming Indigenous disadvantage. The report, released today (November 17), found some [...]
  • Traditional owners unite to protect Fitzroy River

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    Traditional owners have reacted to increasing development pressure by pledging to work together to protect and manage the Fitzroy River and its tributaries in the Kimberley. During a two-day meeting in Fitzroy Crossing, traditional owners [...]

BUSINESS

  • KPMG swoops on Arrilla in ground-breaking deal

    December 1, 2016
    Accounting giant KPMG Australia has acquired specialist Indigenous consultancy, Arrilla, for an undisclosed price. It has also taken a 49 percent stake in Arrilla’s digital Indigenous cultural competency training venture, and committed to reinvesting some [...]
  • Larrakia leaders look for ways out of $500,000 debt hole

    December 1, 2016
    The acting CEO of the financially-troubled Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation in Darwin is confident it will be back on its feet when it emerges from special administration at the end of March. Allan McGill, who was [...]
  • Registrar acts on Gunaikurnai’s $500,000 loss

    November 9, 2016
    The Gunaikurnai Land and Water Aboriginal Corporation in Victoria has been placed in special administration after reporting a loss of close to $500,000. The announcement was made on Monday by Registrar of Indigenous Corporations Anthony [...]

BRIGGS – SHEPLIFE

HEALTH

  • CLC backs return of banned drinkers register

    November 23, 2016
    The Central Land Council has thrown its support behind the reintroduction of the Banned Drinkers Register (BDR) and called for additional support for families affected by the Northern Territory’s extreme rate of alcohol consumption. The [...]
  • Racism a life and death issue, warns health professor

    November 17, 2016
    Australia’s health system needs an overhaul to stamp out institutional racism that deters Indigenous people from getting treatment before it’s too late, according to one of the authors of a recent suicide prevention report. “Our [...]
  • Visiting health expert’s plea to beat abuse

    November 9, 2016
    The global community, including the World Health Organisation, needs to get to the bottom of the domestic violence scourge affecting many of the world’s Indigenous communities, according to a visiting Norwegian mental health and substance [...]
  • Black women bear brunt of ‘hidden’ heart disease, research shows

    October 14, 2016
    Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of Australian women, with Indigenous women bearing a disproportionate burden of the ‘hidden’ problem, according to new research from the Mary Mackillop Institute for Health Research in Melbourne. [...]

DANCE

  • Swan Lake inspiration for trail-blazing ballerina

    November 17, 2016
    Ella Havelka was seven years old when her mother played her an old VHS recording of a performance of Swan Lake, unknowingly setting her on a course to become the first Indigenous ballerina in the [...]
  • Bangarra back treading the Terrain

    October 20, 2016
    Sydney-based Bangarra Dance Theatre company will tour regional Western Australia and South Australia in coming weeks with its production, Terrain. Terrain explores the connection between Aboriginal people and the land and was choreographed by Frances [...]

BOOKS

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  • Remote kids Sydney-bound for literacy day

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    Students from three remote schools are in Sydney to launch their new book, The Goanna Was Hungry, as part of Indigenous Literacy Day. The book, a compilation of stories, was written and illustrated by budding [...]

ARCHITECTURE

STAGE

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    It’s a busy time for USQ Master of Science (Research) student and proud Bundjalung woman Caitlin Easton. Not only is she hard at work as a research assistant and student exploring community perceptions of Indigenous [...]
  • Blacktown car park home to new level of theatre

    November 3, 2016
    A multi-level carpark in Blacktown will be the stage for an unusual Sydney Festival theatre production which explores the meaning of home and opens in January. Home Country, an Urban Theatre Project in partnership with [...]

FOOD

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CULTURE

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    December 1, 2016
    A freedom song co-written by exiled West Papuan Independence leader Benny Wenda and Melbourne music producer Airileke Ingram has been released to coincide with West Papua’s Independence Day. Ingram, who is of Melanesian descent, said [...]
  • Researcher can feel answers in her bones

    November 23, 2016
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  • Cultural connection for children in care

    November 17, 2016
    A new partnership aims to ensure Indigenous children in care remain connected to culture and country. The partnership between Gudjagang Ngara li-dhi (GNL) and child protection charity Barnardos Australia is the first of its kind [...]
  • We need to stop another Stolen Generation, says Archie

    November 3, 2016
    Singer-songwriter Archie Roach won a Human Rights award for his song Took the Children Away which was based on his own experience as a child of the Stolen Generation. Now he says something needs to [...]
  • National Congress on verge of extinction, say leaders

    October 27, 2016
    Hopes for a workable, well-funded Indigenous Congress — once lauded as a turning point in Australia’s reconciliation process— are in tatters, with the organisation set up to unite Indigenous Australians on the brink of folding. Directors [...]

ACHIEVEMENT

  • Skills boost for Torres Strait rangers

    November 23, 2016
    A group of Torres Strait rangers are on their way to becoming better leaders and managers. The 17 Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) rangers are part way through a certificate IV in leadership and management [...]
  • Benjamin and buddies go the distance in New York

    November 23, 2016
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  • Tireless CEO named business woman of the year

    November 17, 2016
    Andrea Mason, the chief executive officer of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council in the Northern Territory, is the 2016 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year. Ms Mason has had a variety of [...]
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ARTS

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    Author Cathy Craigie has been awarded the prestigious 2016 New South Wales Aboriginal Arts Fellowship of $30,000 to research a powerful story from the north of the State. The Aboriginal writer will undertake her fellowship [...]
  • Deakin dudes head OS for design workshops

    November 3, 2016
    Melbourne’s Deakin University is working on an international guide to help visual designers use culturally-aware and accurate representations of Indigenous imagery in their work. Development of the International Indigenous Design Charter begins next month when [...]
  • Boomerang Festival aiming for a big comeback

    October 13, 2016
    The Boomerang Festival is bouncing back. Bundjalung country’s Indigenous arts and culture festival was launched in 2013 only to be hit with funding cuts which forced it into an indefinite hiatus as a stand-alone event [...]

MEDIA

  • Bring back Hoges says Ernie as he launches latest TV project

    December 1, 2016
    Ernie Dingo is hoping to put the ‘Australia’ back in Australian television. The television presenter and actor says Australian networks are losing their national identity as shows capturing the Aussie spirit disappear from the small [...]
  • Kardashians no match for Daniella and her daughters

    November 17, 2016
    They’ve been called the black Kardashians. But a family of nine beautiful daughters raised by their mother and about to feature in a new, fly-on-the-wall television series reject the comparison. The six-part series called Family [...]
  • NITV series shines light on global struggle

    November 9, 2016
    A new five-part current affairs series will bring stories from Indigenous broadcasters around the world to Australian television. National Indigenous Television announced its Nations without Borders series this week. The announcement came as representatives from [...]

FASHION

OPINION

  • Not everyone’s a fan of females on the footy field

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SPORT

  • Deek on the seek for new generation of runners

    December 1, 2016
    Marathon great Robert de Castella is looking for his new squad of Indigenous runners to tackle the iconic New York Marathon. De Castella’s Indigenous Marathon Foundation announced this week that applications are now open for [...]
  • Nowra hosts feast of football

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    Mobs from around the country converged on Nowra this month to compete and celebrate grassroots football. It was grassroots football of the round ball kind at its finest – energetic, enthusiastic, passionate and skilled. The [...]
  • Blowing the whistle on AFL and free kicks for Vics

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    As early as 1980, the East Perth Football Club applied to join the Victorian Football League (VFL). A year or so later, the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) approved a composite club application to [...]
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    October 27, 2016
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  • Hamling gets the better of Buddy as underdogs take home flags

    October 4, 2016
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PEOPLE

NATIVE TITLE

  • Robe River Kuruma consent latest step in continuing journey

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  • Gooniyandi consent reflects ‘deep connection to country’

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  • Kulyakartu claim finally recognised

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EDUCATION

  • Revered Cape York educator bows out

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  • University honours midwife who delivers

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    Indigenous midwife and Central Arrernte woman Cherisse Buzzacott has been named Australian Catholic University’s (ACU’s) 2016 Alumni of the Year. Ms Buzzacott was the first student to graduate from ACU’s Away from Base Bachelor of [...]
  • Abstudy cuts hurting low-income students from remote Oz

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  • Emma-Lee off to Honkers in WA Govt exchange program

    October 14, 2016
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LANGUAGE

  • Past and present key to unlocking language mysteries

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  • Sydney turns to Gadigal language names

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APPOINTMENTS

  • Indigenous innovators rewarded for their talents

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    Museum Victoria has appointed John Patten to the role of Manager of Melbourne Museum’s Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, where he will oversee one of the most significant Aboriginal culture collections in the world. Patten comes [...]
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