27 January 2019 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

27 January 2019
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.
In this week’s Top 10 we look at issues surrounding Australia / Invasion / Survival Day and we both commiserate the ongoing denial of the history of our country and we celebrate the achievements of our Indigenous people.


1. There have been record crowds of people at Invasion Day marches all around Australia this year.  The Guardian has captured protests around the country in their pictures.


2. The city of Melbourne held the largest protest march with crowds estimated to be between 40,000 and 60,000 people – and it significantly outnumbered the official Australia Day event! And in Brisbane the protest march attracted around 2,000 people calling for the date to be changed.


3. It’s the 80th anniversary of the ‘Day of Mourning’ and in this short video clip Uncle Jack Charles performs an adaption of the ‘Aborigines Claim for Citizen Rights’ from 1938.


4. In recognition of the first offical day of mourning in 1938, Lidia Thorpe organised a new event for this year – a dawn service which was held in Victoria with hundreds of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in attendance.


5. Congratulations to the wonderful rapper Baker Boy (Danzal Baker) for winning the 2019 Young Australian of the Year! If you haven’t checked out his music yet, it’s a must for this long weekend!


6. In 1788 Australia had around 300-700 Indigenous languages and now this number has fallen to around 160 of these languages that are still spoken in homes.   2019 is the Year of Indigenous Languages. So it’s a good time to make a difference by learning the Aboriginal meaning of place names. Check out the collaboration between First Languages Australia and the ABC, This Place, where Indigenous people share the story behind their place names. And while you’re at it, check out some tips from Amnesty International about the 8 things you need to know about Indigenous languages!


7. And relatedly, check out this amazing pilot program being run in Mparntwe – Alice Springs that focuses on Indigenous empowerment through the development of culturally specific emoji! Indigemoji has worked with local Indigenous articles and illustrators to develop some very cool emojis.


8. The Orb is “a collection of online multimedia resources designed to assist the teaching of Tasmanian Aboriginal histories and cultures”. And it is very cool! Check it out here and be absolutely amazed at this amazing resource.


9. And here’s our final word on changing the date (I know we posted it last year too but it’s such a winner I had to do it again!!). Change Australia Day to May 8!


10. And on this difficult weekend for many of us, we leave you with the moving speech by Stan Grant on racism and the Australian dream given at The Ethics Centre in 2015. Even if we’ve seen it before, it’s a timely reminder for us all.


Thanks for coming along to check out our Top 10 today. Look forward to your company next week.