Newsletter date: 7 November 2014
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Media Release: Ghillar Michael Anderson, Sovereign Union: Report from Sovereign Union Gathering of Nations, Canberra
News: SBS: Kunoth-Monks NT Australian of the Year
News: ABC: Indigenous activist Rosalie Kunoth-Monks awarded NT Australian of the Year
Media Release: AMSANT: All roads lead to Alice for healthy futures
Video: CAAMA: Aboriginal Health Sector Celebrates 40 Years of Success
Photos: CAAMA: Our Health, Our Way. AMSANT Conference held at the Convention Centre in Alice Springs
Analysis / Opinion: Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: "We will sleep on the earth, but we are coming" - The Freedom Summit [November 27 & 28 2014]
Analysis / Opinion: Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: John Pilger backs Freedom Summit - "We come as one but must stand as thousands"
News: The West Australian: Burrup rock art restored
- Media Release
Sovereign Union: [SU] Report from Sovereign Union Gathering of Nations, Canberra
3 Nov 14: "Ghillar Michael Anderson, Convenor of the Sovereign Union and Head of State of Euahlayi Peoples Republic said from Canberra that the second Gathering of Nations held in Canberra this weekend was successful, and despite disruptions by other parties in opposition to the Sovereign Union, the key matters were successfully concluded. Some of the issues that arose were the creation of templates that will serve as models for Aboriginal Nations around the country, who seek to make their Unilateral Declarations of Independence based on pre-existing and continuing sovereignty. Participants agreed that the Commonwealth government is very aware of the power of the emerging unity of common purpose between First Nations and Peoples and is rushing to counteract developments in the sovereignty movement." Ghillar Michael Anderson, Head of State of Euahlayi Peoples Republic; Convenor and Joint Spokesperson of the Sovereign Union of First Nations and Peoples in Australia
SBS: Kunoth-Monks NT Australian of the Year
5 Nov 14: "Actress Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, who was cast in the lead role in the film Jedda in 1953 at age 17, has been named the NT Australian of the Year for 2015. ... Actress, nun, interpreter, environmental campaigner and First Nations founding member Rosalie Kunoth-Monks has played many roles in her lifetime. She now returns to the national stage as the Northern Territory Australian of the Year for 2015. ... Since the 1970s she has been involved in social work in Alice Springs and is a passionate member of the First Nations political party." AAP
ABC: Indigenous activist Rosalie Kunoth-Monks awarded NT Australian of the Year
6 Nov 14: "Central Australian Indigenous woman Rosalie Kunoth-Monks has been named the Northern Territory Australian of the Year for 2015. In her varied career Ms Kunoth-Monks has worked as an actor, a nun, a political adviser, a shire president, an environmental campaigner, an interpreter and a political candidate. She is well known as an outspoken advocate for Indigenous people and for defending her traditional way of life." By Steven Schubert
- Media Release
AMSANT: Media Release: All roads lead to Alice for healthy futures
3 Nov 14: "Aboriginal health and leadership are the focus in Alice Springs this week as 300 health workers, administrators and community leaders gather to discuss strategies to further improve outcomes in the community controlled health sector. A two-day leadership workshop at Desert Park will be followed by a two-day conference at the Alice Springs Convention Centre - AMSANT's Our Health: Our Way Conference - bringing remote, regional and urban health services together to share achievements and to plan ‘the way forward’ at a time of budget and program uncertainty. The conference marks the 20th anniversary of the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT (AMSANT) and 40 years of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in the NT, with the establishment of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress. AMSANT’s leadership officer - and Australia’s fastest ever sprinter! - Patrick Johnson says the week’s activities will expose emerging leaders to the practical challenges of supporting health services, and also allow them to develop their leadership skills for the benefit of individuals, families and communities." Aboriginal Medical Services Northern Territory
CAAMA: Aboriginal Health Sector Celebrates 40 Years of Success
6 Nov 14: "Alice Springs is hosting the "Our Health, Our Way" conference which is celebrating 40 years of Aboriginal controlled community health services, which started with the birth of Congress, and the 20th anniversary of AMSANT. Marion Scrymgour, John Paterson and Justin Mohamed reflect on the biggest achievements for Aboriginal health in the last 40 years. Lorena Walker has the story."
CAAMA: Our Health, Our Way. AMSANT Conference held at the Convention Centre in Alice Springs.
"The 8th AMSANT Indigenous Leadership Workshop and Conference is being held in Alice Springs this week where Aboriginal medical services from all over the Northern Territory have come together to talk about innovative projects to improve Aboriginal health. AMSANT is celebrating its 20th anniversary and 41 years since Central Australian Aboriginal Congress was established."
- Analysis / Opinion
The Stringer: "We will sleep on the earth, but we are coming" - The Freedom Summit
1 Nov 14: "Planes, trains and convoys of buses and cars of the senior most Elders and leaders of this continent’s First People will converge on Alice Springs in the days leading up to what may be the largest ever most diverse gathering of First People in the one place. The senior most Elders and leaders of their People have been committing themselves to the Freedom Summit - November 27 and 28. One of the organisers, the chair of the Narrunga People, Tauto Sansbury has been inundated with attendance requests and support for the Summit. It matters not to the organisers of the Freedom Summit whether they will be financially supported, the Freedom Summit will happen." By Gerry Georgatos, a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner, a multi-award winning investigative journalist
The Stringer: John Pilger backs Freedom Summit - "We come as one but must stand as thousands"
6 Nov 14: "With less than four weeks to the Summit for Freedom, internationally acclaimed investigative journalist and filmmaker, John Pilger released a statement from the Middle East. "The Freedom Summit is a breakthrough - for freedom in Australia. Australia is not free, and it will never be free until its First Nations people reclaim the struggle for self-determination that federal governments have systematically undermined."" By Gerry Georgatos, a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner, a multi-award winning investigative journalist
The West Australian: Burrup rock art restored
6 Nov 14: "Looking on at the 1700 pieces of ancient Aboriginal rock art that spent three decades in exile, elder Keith Churnside breathed a sigh of relief. The boulders, which contain highly significant engravings, were dumped in a Pilbara compound in the early 1980s to make way for the Woodside-operated North West Shelf LNG joint venture. The relocation of the artworks to a nearby ridge, where they again form part of the world-famous Burrup Peninsula outdoor rock art collection, was completed last month."
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