Anniversary Yirrkala Bark Petitions

The Yirrkala Bark Petitions

On the 14th August 1963, the Yirrkala Bark Petitions were tabled in the Commonwealth House of Representatives. The petitions were written in Yolngu Matha and English. They were a protest against the decision to grant mining leases without consultant. The 1963 barks and those that followed in 1968, 1988 and in 2008, represent an expression … Continue reading Anniversary Yirrkala Bark Petitions

On Aboriginal Sovereignty

I want to draw your attention to one of the panels as part of the Clancestry Conversation series. The panel #SoveriegntyX was curated by event’s curator Dr Chelsea Bond. Each of these mini-orations provide us with excellent resources that can be used in the classroom across discussions in media, English, cultural studies, Australian studies, education, … Continue reading On Aboriginal Sovereignty

Uncle Sol Bellear and Indigenous self-determination

Uncle Sol Bellear has written two articles in ABC’s The Drum recently, that I would like to draw your attention to. The first article is titled Why i won’t celebrate the William Bugmy decision, where he discusses the High Court’s ¬†decision in the William Bugmy case regarding whether a person’s background should be taken into … Continue reading Uncle Sol Bellear and Indigenous self-determination

Letters Patent: A legal studies case study to keep watch

The ABC reported today that The Ngarrindjeri people have been asked by the South Australian Government for a clearer idea of what they see as the legal consequences for SA from what is known as the Letters Patent of 1836. Founding Docs stated that¬† The Letters Patent used the enabling provisions of the South Australia … Continue reading Letters Patent: A legal studies case study to keep watch

Rembering the Mabo Decision

THE MABO CASE Ever since Captain James Cook‘s declaration of possession in 1770, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have fought against the dispossession of their lands, food sources, waterways, families and homelands. First English, then Australian law justified it’s own existence through the concept of Terra nullius. The application of terra nullius, a latin … Continue reading Rembering the Mabo Decision

Remembering the Mabo Decision – Student Links

Mabo Day is the held each year on the 3rd of June. It remembers the historic Mabo decision in 1992. Use your Remembering the Mabo Decision booklet, learn about this day at the following links: ABC – Schools – Eddie Mabo http://www.abc.net.au/schoolstv/australians/emabo.htm Torres Strait Island Regional Authority (TSRA) – Mabo Day http://www.tsra.gov.au/the-torres-strait/events/mabo-day.aspx About Eddie Mabo … Continue reading Remembering the Mabo Decision – Student Links