ANTaR ACT Newsletter – November 2022

We are sending out our newsletter early this month to provide more information about an important event next week.

Sister to Sister, Hear Our Voices Forum: Stop the Violence

Violence against First Nation women is rooted in historic and unequal patriarchal power structures, racism, exclusion and marginalisation, enabled by a legacy of colonialism. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

Forum: 10am-12pm, Tuesday 15 November
The Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square.
Supported by TJILLARI Justice Aboriginal Corporate, SEARMS and ANTaR ACT.

ANTaR ACT monthly meeting

Our next committee meeting will be on Monday 14 November, 6pm via Zoom, to talk about our current actions and advocacy – all are welcome. If you would like to join us, please email us at and we will send you details. This will be our last meeting for the year, with an informal end-of-year dinner in December.

Recent news

Raise the Age – response to ACT Government proposal
ANTaR ACT welcomes the ACT Government’s commitment to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 14 and recent proposal to implement this. However, we share the concerns expressed by ACTCOSS about exemptions put forward in the position paper. For more information and links, see the article on our website.

Vigil for Cassius Turvey
We joined many others for the vigil for Cassius Turvey on Wednesday 2 November. This ABC article includes an account of the vigils around the country, including Canberra. Death of Cassius Turvey sparks rallies across Australia as nation mourns Indigenous teen

Things to watch online

There are two recent lectures now available to watch on ABC iView from Noel Pearson (Boyer Lecture) and Megan Davis and Pat Anderson AO (National Press Club). The series The Australian Wars is available on SBS On Demand – difficult to watch but important to know.

Boyer Lecture 2022: Noel Pearson
Indigenous community leader, lawyer, academic and land rights activist Noel Pearson reflects on “Who we were and who we can be”, in his 2022 Boyer Lecture.

National Press Club Address: Megan Davis and Pat Anderson on The Uluru Statement from the Heart
Professor Megan Davis and Pat Anderson AO, First Nations leaders accepting the 2021/22 Sydney Peace Prize for The Uluru Statement from the Heart, talk about establishing a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution.
(Episode available until 9 December)

The Australian Wars
Rachel Perkins journeys across the country to explore the bloody battles fought on Australian soil and the war that established the Australian nation, seeking to change the narrative of the nation.

ANTaR ACT wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which Canberra is situated, the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people. We wish to acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region. We would also like to acknowledge other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who may visit this area.


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