ANTar ACT Bulletin Mid 2020

Apologies for being off the air in 2020 so far.  The bush fires and the COVID-19 have had their impact.

The committee has been meeting successfully on Zoom
The next general meeting will be Monday 8 June 2020, 6pm- 7:30pm on Zoom. 
Meeting ID: 814 0721 5377
Password: ANTaR

Future meetings for ANTaR ACT will be Monday 13 July and Monday 10 August, also likely to be on Zoom.  We may go back to King O’Malley’s, at some point. All are welcome to come along to contribute to our advocacy and other activities. Any questions, please email us at
Committee movements:  Sadly Valerie Albrecht has stood down from the ANTaR ACT committee. Valerie has made a huge contribution over many years and recently worked tirelessly to coordinate hands for a Sea of Hands display at the National Arboretum, which might now take place later in the year or next year.  The committee thanks Valerie for her dedication and time.
The committee is excited that Michele Smith has kindly volunteered to take on the role of attending the ANTaR Council Meetings.

Guest Speaker at Committee Meeting        
The committee was happy to have Paul Wright, ANTaR National Director zoom at the May meeting.  The National Treaties Summit has been postponed.  Work continues in the back ground.
Marcia Langton’s Australian Treaties and Negotiated Settlements (ATNS) Web: series of Treaties Factsheets produced by ANTaR National Web:

The ANTaR Blog
It continues to be updated and is a useful up-to-date resource of discussions, events and items of interest.

Diary Date:
ACT Elections – 17 October 2020   Web:
David Hunter Memorial Lecture date tba.

ANU Scholarships
There are still a number of scholarships available, Scholarships are often award on academic merit, but some include preference for among other criteria, indigenous students.
For example open all year are CSIRO Indigenous Scholarships in Engineering & Computer Science, Health and Medicine, Science and Indigenous Music HDR Scholarship.

Return of ceremonial and secret sacred materials to Traditional Custodians
Manchester Museum, part of The University of Manchester, and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) was pleased to announce the unconditional repatriation of 43 secret sacred and ceremonial objects to the Aranda people of Central Australia, Gangalidda Garawa peoples’ of northwest Queensland, Nyamal people of the Pilbara and Yawuru people of Broome.  An update on progress is available

Vale Mr R Wavehill Jangala.  AIATIS was saddened to hear of the passing of Mr R. Wavehill Jangala.
The Gurgun Mibinyah dictionary was published in April making the learning of the ancestral languages of the Tweed and Logan River areas of NSW and QLD available to a new generation.

National Carillon Lights up for Reconciliation Week
Until 11pm 3 June.  3 June image concentrates on celebrating Mabo Day.

Common Problems – Shared Solutions Symposium
25 August – 27 August 2020, rescheduled from April.
This is a free three day symposium jointly presented by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA).  This symposium brings together experts in audio-visual digitisation, engineering and collection management to identify and solve common issues and practices through shared solutions. 

National Native Title Conference 2020
18 – 21 October 2020
The National Native Title Conference 2020 is being convened by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and NTSCORP, hosted by the Minjungbal Bundjalung people on their Country in Tweed Heads, New South Wales.

Exhibitions & Film

During June many of Canberra’s national institutions are reopening their doors to the public. Each will have new conditions of entry including booked times and prescribed movements around the exhibitions.  Indigenous art and culture is permanently on display at many.  Each of them have also worked to bring many items to the digital platform.
National Gallery of Australia, Web:
National Portrait Gallery, Web:
National Museum of Australia Acknowledgement to country Web:

The Beach – Documentary by Warwick Thornton
SBS has screened this as a one-time three hour TV event. This week it is also being screened in segments and is available on SBS On Demand.  There is also a fascinating insight into the back ground of the work on The Point.

SBS On Demand has a full suite of NITV programs available whenever you have time to look at them. Some recent additions are “She Who Must Be Loved” The life story of Alfreda Glynn, a 78-year-old Aboriginal woman and co-founder of the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association and Imparja TV.
“Vote Yes For Aborigines” looking at the 1967 referendum which led to finally acknowledging Aboriginal people as citizens within their own country.
the series “On Country Kitchen” Web:
and many more beaut programs.


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