7 July 2018 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

7 July 2018
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.
In this week’s Top 10 we celebrate NAIDOC week!


1. It’s NAIDOC week 2018 and there are many, many wonderful events that you can participate in. Check out the calendar for your city here. If you’re interested in the history of NAIDOC week and some interesting facts, check out this little fact sheet from Reconciliation Australia.


2. The theme for this year’s NAIDOC week “celebrates the essential role that women have played – and continue to play – as active and significant role models at the community, local, state and national levels”. Following along this theme, June Oscar, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Social Justice Commissioner, has initiated a national conversation directly with Indigenous women and girls. Check out the concept and ways of getting involved here.


3. There is now a documentary on how the Wik people fought and won the granting of native title. Wik vs Queensland is screening on NITV on the 8th and 9th of July.


4. And it was Eddie Mabo’s birthday last week (28 June) and Amnesty International  has a dedication to him, as well as three things that he has taught us all!


5. The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is hoping to reduce disadvantage for Indigenous children in remote communities through promoting literacy. They have some wonderful programs and we can support their work in a number of ways. A donation of $25 will buy three or more culturally relevant books for remote communities and if you’ve got the means, a $500 donation will help to translate stories into first languages.


6. We’ve got a few ideas if you’re looking for some engrossing and educative reading material over the weekend. Firstly, have a look at the wonderful Magabala Books, the leading Australian Indigenous publisher, and purchase some great reading material. Also you might want to check out Reni Eddo-Lodge’s book, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race. She won the Jhalak Prize earlier this year and her work has been praised by readers around the world for highlighting important contemporary issues about race.


7. Check out the latest offering from our friends at Desert Pea Media – Pride Within. This is part of their Break It Down project series which aims to create awareness and conversation about mental health and wellbeing for Indigenous young people.


8. You may not have heard of Warakurna but it’s making the headlines at the moment as it welcomes the very first ever all Indigenous run police station. It’s hoped this will help rebuild trust in the community.


9. The Guardian’s new series, Close to My Heart, has a feature on Henrietta Marrie as she talks about her great grandfather’s shell regalia – which is unfortunately still a part of a British Museum collection rather than resting in his traditional lands.


10. Do yourself a favour this July and book in to see the amazing Bangara performing Dark Emu. We have previously featured Bruce Pascoe’s award winning book and now you can catch this amazing performance inspired by the book and directed by the talented Stephen Page. Booking details here!


Have a great NAIDOC week! See you next time.