Monthly Archives: May 2010
Today marks 10 years since the Declaration for Reconciliation walks taking place in Australian capital cities.
In 1995 the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation first considered a proposal for the People’s Walk for Reconciliation.
This involved a group of indigenous people walking towards non-indigenous people along the Sydney Harbor Bridge and meeting physically and symbolically in the middle.
Over 200, 000 people walked in Sydney while further walks carried out in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth later that year saw estimates of over half a million Australians participating.
The Beyond Billabong program received new federal funding ensuring Indigenous girls participation.
Beyond Billabong is held at Longreach and provided life skills and training for 120 Indigenous boys from across the state since it began in 2009.
The program’s CEO Boyd Curran said women are a vital part of the community and deserve an individualised program.
Three girl’s programs will operate between January and June next year and will be tailored around activities challenging, stimulating and motivating the girls.
A report by the Australia Council and the Australasian Performing Rights Association shows attitudes, inadequate training and equipment hinder Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers reaching wider audiences.
Dr Mark Bin Bakar from the Australia Council’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board said it’s important to work with the industry allowing more Indigenous artists to play in more venues.
Dr said some Indigenous bands booked for gigs turn up and face rejection because they are Aboriginal.
Lou Bennett from Indigenous band Tiddas said staying strong and being true to yourself gives you the passion to tell the truth and tell a story that has not been told.