Emily Wurramara: Black Smoke



  • RMIT opened for business and seeking entrepreneurs

    June 7, 2016
    RMIT University has celebrated Reconciliation Week by offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurs the chance to start their own business with a new scholarship. The Indigenous Business Creation Scholarships will provide students with free [...]
  • Indigenous apprenticeship numbers on the up

    May 30, 2016
    The number of Indigenous apprentices in Australia’s construction industry has grown by more than 62.1% over the last decade, according to a new report from Construction Skills Queensland. Data from the CSQ 2016 Apprentice Annual [...]
  • T.I. artists learn the forgotten value of intellectual property

    May 10, 2016
    Artists and cultural workers from across the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area have been briefed up on one of the most empowering but often forgotten aspects to their crafts – intellectual property. A recent [...]


  • Robyn overcoming barriers to a cancer-free life

    June 21, 2016
    Aboriginal women are being encouraged to have a free and potentially life-saving breast screen. Through a series of events and activities, community leader and breast cancer survivor Robin Payne will highlight the importance of breast [...]
  • Stephanie marvels at the midwives

    June 7, 2016
    When Stephanie Archibald had her two children, the midwives who attended the birth were so wonderful she was inspired to switch from studying a science degree to a Bachelor of Midwifery at Australian Catholic University. [...]
  • Hollows doco reminds Gabi the fight for sight never ends

    June 1, 2016
    It’s 1977 and renowned eye doctor Professor Fred Hollows smokes a pipe as he drives a khaki four-wheel drive through outback Australia. The scene gives way to Hollows, sporting a mean set of side-burns, telling [...]


  • Ghenoa takes out prestigious Keir Award

    May 10, 2016
    Ghenoa Gela’s work, ‘Fragments of Malungoka – Women of the Sea’ has won her the prestigious 2016 Keir Choreographic Award. The Sydney-based choreographer, a proud Torres Strait Islander, won the sought-after award from three other [...]
  • How to win thousands by dancing the House down

    April 29, 2016
    One of Australia’s most successful Indigenous dance competitions is back this year after a stunning 2015 debut. Dance Rites, the Sydney Opera House’s groundbreaking Indigenous dance competition, has sparked great interest across the country and [...]
  • Clive and Sheena dancing on air at ACPA

    March 18, 2016
    The Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts in Brisbane (or ACPA) is one of the key success stories in improving training and employment outcomes for young and aspiring Indigenous performing artists. ACPA’s work contributes strongly [...]
  • Dancing from the hidden Holocaust; Stephen Page on 25 years at Bangarra

    February 1, 2016
    Ochres – Bangarra 2015 – Tara Robertson – Photo by Edward Mulvihill.         Stephen Page was a cocky and confident 26-year-old when he took over as artistic director of what has grown [...]


  • New adventures on the menu for Black Olive

    February 11, 2016
    Mark Olive, Australia’s first indigenous celebrity chef, thinks it’s time he got back on the road. It’s been a decade since the chef with the big grin and personality to match, made his ground-breaking The [...]



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  • Spectacular Songlines here to stay, say organisers

    June 21, 2016
    The extraordinary Songlines illuminations splashed across the Sydney Opera House during this year’s Vivid festival have been so popular that organisers are considering keeping them on display indefinitely. Featuring work by Australia’s leading indigenous artists and curated by [...]
  • Garma kicks off with focus on education

    June 8, 2016
    Garma 2016 will kick off with a day-long Education Fair to promote the importance of sharing knowledge and a commitment to life-long learning. Yothu Yindi Foundation CEO Denise Bowden described the Education Fair as the [...]
  • ‘Sometimes you have to leave country to let it dance by itself’

    June 1, 2016
    “Sometimes you have to leave country to let it dance by itself,” says actor and musician Tom E. Lewis, the artistic director of arguably one of Australia’s most spectacular spiritual and cultural festivals. For 14 [...]




  • NSW Parliament calling all indigenous artists

    June 22, 2016
    The NSW Parliament is again offering space to Indigenous artists to exhibit on their Reconciliation Wall. Inaugurated in 1998, the Wall is an exhibition space dedicated to promoting Aboriginal art and expression. It provides a [...]
  • Nancy wins consecutive sculpture award

    June 17, 2016
    Nancy Kiwat, represented by Erub Arts, has been named winner of the 9th annual Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award in opening night celebrations at the Gab Titui Cultural Centre. Ms Kiwat took out the major [...]

2016 Reconciliation Group Writing Competition

2016 Reconciliation Group Writing Competition


  • Past and present key to unlocking language mysteries

    April 12, 2016
    Sydney researchers are using century-old survey data to help unlock the locations and meaning of Indigenous Australian place names across the country. The State Library of NSW’s Weemala (“Big Lookout”) Project is an interactive experiment [...]
  • Sydney turns to Gadigal language names

    March 24, 2016
    Historic buildings in Green Square and a network of wetlands in Sydney Park will be renamed with Aboriginal words in a move the City of Sydney hopes will bring our first language back into everyday [...]


  • Mundine awarded OA in Queen’s Birthday Honours

    June 13, 2016
    Nyunggai Warren Mundine has been awarded one of the nation’s highest accolades, an officer of the Order of Australia, for services to Indigenous Australia. The Bundjalung man and head of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory [...]
  • Grant ‘delighted’ to chair uni’s Indigenous Affairs

    June 8, 2016
    Wiradjuri man and award-winning journalist Stan Grant will join Charles Sturt University as the new Chair of Indigenous Affairs. CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann said he was delighted to announce Mr Grant’s appointment to the [...]


  • Cape York Partnership appoints leading lights to board

    June 8, 2016
    The Cape York Partnership has appointed three leading Australians to their Board. They are Lockhart River Aboriginal Shire council mayor Wayne Butcher, prominent Australian businessman David Jones and the former Treasury head Dr Ken Henry. In [...]



  • Eggington and WA chief justice hit the airwaves

    June 21, 2016
    WA’s Chief Justice Wayne Martin will join Aboriginal Legal Service of WA CEO Dennis Eggington tomorrow when the 100th Law Matters program goes to air. Produced and presented by ALSWA, the fortnightly radio program commenced [...]


  • Cairns cranks up for art, dance and fashion feast

    May 11, 2016
    The highly-acclaimed Cairns Indigenous Art Fair has launched this year’s program, with Artistic Director Janina Harding creating a broad-ranging program taking in dance, music, film, and fashion. Welcoming crowds of more than 50,000 visitors last year, the [...]
  • Dion has designs on a winning uniform

    April 25, 2016
    A growing Indigenous design business has been awarded a contract to provide ceremonial uniforms for the upcoming First World War Centenary commemorations on the Western Front. Darkies Designs, established in 2010 by Dion Devow who [...]
  • Indigenous designers herald a coming of age

    March 4, 2016
    When garments by Aboriginal designers along with those by Torres Strait Islanders, Canada’s First Nations, Native American Indians, New Zealand Maoris and the Pacific Island nations hit the catwalk, it will be the first time [...]

Time and tide






  • Firefighter Ben always on the job

    June 1, 2016
    Ben Doolah has been selected as an Everyday Hero within the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Department for dedication to duty as a remote SES volunteer. He was nominated by QFES station officer Conor Maguire [...]
  • Katrina closing in on the Great Aussie dream

    May 20, 2016
    For years Katrina Radburn West thought the great Australian dream of home ownership would be forever out of reach. “I’ve always worked in the field of Aboriginal Health as it is my passion to improve [...]
  • Alice in Wonderland over her ancestry

    April 26, 2016
    My name is Alice, I’m 23-years old, indigenous and proud of it. I live in Holland. My mum was adopted and her parents brought her here when she was nine. I’ve since met my beautiful family [...]
  • Phillipa’s talking to the animals

    March 18, 2016
    Phillipa Dhagapan is an Animal Management Worker (AMW) working for the East Arnhem Regional Council.  Animal Management Workers support the council’s veterinary services and provide expertise on dog health and management to the local community. [...]
  • From bush to beauty queen

    March 11, 2016
    My name is Jenayah Elliott, and I am a Jaru girl from the Kimberley. I am 17 and originally from Halls Creek, but currently living in Perth with my mum. I’m attending Penrhos College All [...]
  • A life in the saddle

    March 4, 2016
    Wik Mungkan elder Willie Lawrence has spent the best part of 60 years working as a cattleman across Cape York. At 78, and with sight in just one eye, he’s still in the saddle. In [...]


  • Garma kicks off with focus on education

    June 8, 2016
    Garma 2016 will kick off with a day-long Education Fair to promote the importance of sharing knowledge and a commitment to life-long learning. Yothu Yindi Foundation CEO Denise Bowden described the Education Fair as the [...]
  • Arrow helps Christie’s wishes come true

    June 7, 2016
    Arrow Energy has awarded university scholarships to 20 Indigenous students at five of Queensland’s leading universities. The recipients are the latest members of the Arrow Energy Indigenous University Scholarships program. From medical science or engineering [...]
  • Coal deal stokes Rachel’s ambitions

    April 26, 2016
    An agreement between Wyong Coal and Guringai Tribal Link Aboriginal Corporation (Guringai TLAC) is delivering increased educational opportunities for the NSW Central Coast indigenous community, with the first of four tertiary scholarships being announced. Rachel [...]
  • Cape York classroom welcomes mums, bubs in Australian first

    April 11, 2016
    The Cape York Girl Academy has welcomed its first teenage students – and their babies – in an Australian first that brings young Indigenous mums back into the classroom. The school at Wangetti, north of [...]
  • Crowdfunding push to stem Indigenous brain drain

    April 7, 2016
    The University of Newcastle has launch its first crowdfunding campaign to create an Indigenous Science Communication scholarship. The scholarship will enable an Indigenous university student to work with its highly successful Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) [...]

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