ANTaR ACT – March update

The first ANTaR ACT bookgroup will be next Wednesday – more details below – all are welcome, not essential to have read the book. This bulletin also highlights two significant lectures at ANU, and starts with a reminder about the work continuing around the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

1 Voice Uluru
ANTaR ACT were very pleased to welcome Chris Bourke, former ACT MLA and one of the ACT representatives on the Uluru Position Working Group, in our March meeting. The group was elected from the Uluru convention and is taking forward the reforms called for in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. While the Commonwealth Government’s initial response was not positive, work has not stopped, as Chris described, with many discussions taking place. The Working Group calls on all Australians to take the time to read the Statement, to understand its history, and then walk with them in a movement of the Australian people for a better future. You can read more about the statement and show your support at:


ANTaR ACT read and discuss event
Come along and join local author and ANTaR ACT member, Valerie Albrecht, for the first in a series of discussions about books by Aboriginal authors. It is not essential to have read the book – you can join in the discussion of the first book, and also find out more about the program of books and authors lined up for the year.

The first book is Am I Black Enough For You? by Anita Heiss
‘In Am I Black Enough For You?, Anita discusses her family story that stems from Wiradjuri country in central NSW to the eastern suburbs of Sydney where she has lived most of her life on the fringes of the La Perouse Aboriginal community. … With a blend of her own memoirs and that of her mother’s – Elsie Williams – biography, the story is told with a humorous, simple narrative style and social commentary throughout. … Anita’s memoir encompasses the political, social and cultural evolution of Aboriginal Australia through her personal lens, and how that has long impacted on her writing; from motivation to content.’
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Join us on Wednesday 14 March, from 7-9pm, at Belconnen Arts Centre, supper provided. All are welcome – feel free to share this invitation.
Register your interest by email to or call 0406 052 339.
For the full program, see


The Final Lecture – Professor Mick Dodson
by National Centre for Indigenous Studies
COST: Free
DATE: Thu. 22 March 2018, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm AEDT
Professor Mick Dodson AM is a member of the Yawuru peoples – the traditional owners of land and waters in the Broome area of the southern Kimberley region of Western Australia. He has been the Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies since its inception in 2005. The ANU Vice Chancellor Professor Brian Schimdt announced Professor Dodson’s retirement late 2017. Professor Dodson retires on 30 March 2018.

In this Final Lecture Professor Dodson will be addressing his journey at ANU: The story behind establishment of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies, addressing the current status of the Centre and what his hope is for the Indigenous Studies at ANU.

Register at:

2018 ANU Reconciliation Lecture – Peter Yu

The 2018 ANU Reconciliation Lecture was delivered by Peter Yu, a Yawuru Man from Broome in the Kimberley region in North West Australia, on 27 February. The lecture focussed on the need for a realistic national approach to end the tragedy of Indigenous people’s marginalisation.

More information, including links to the text and the YouTube video, are at:


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