September & October Bulletin

Thank you to Julie for her work of co-ordinating the ANTaR ACT bulletin up to now and thank you for entrusting me to put it together for the next year.  There are so many wonderful events to participate in.  I look forward to improving my process and hopefully not omitting anything important.

I am honoured to have been asked and I pay my respects to all Aboriginal people, their leaders and culture at all times.

ANTaR ACT: October meeting

The next regular monthly meeting for ANTaR ACT will be Monday 14 October, at King O’Malleys, 6 – 7.30pm. All are welcome to come along to contribute to our advocacy and other activities, including final arrangements for our annual David Hunter Memorial Lecture. Any questions, please email us at

2019 David Hunter Memorial Lecture

Highlighting Indigenous Languages

The International Year of Indigenous Languages is a United Nations observance in 2019 that aims to raise awareness of the consequences of the endangerment of Indigenous languages across the world, with an aim to establish a link between language, development, peace, and reconciliation.

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Professor Jaklyn Troy, The Importance of Indigenous Languages
Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research at The University of Sydney. 

Tyronne Bell (TBC), Ngunnawal language revival

Dr John Harris, Bible Society Archives held at St Mark’s:            Bible translation into indigenous languages.  This will also be displayed.

When: 6pm, Thursday 17 October 2019; please join us for refreshments from 5.30pm.

Where: Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall Street, Barton.

Enquiries: or call 0439 620 603.

David Hunter was one of the founding members of ANTaR, and an enormously supportive and inspiring activist on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues. In October 2000 he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and he died in December 2003. Since then, ANTaR ACT has hosted an annual memorial lecture in memory of David’s contributions to reconciliation and Indigenous rights.

Senate Committee public opinion –
for information only as submissions have closed.
During the month of September, supporters were asked to take action, so that together, we can achieve a First Nations Voice enshrined in our constitution, and a Makarrata Commission – the proposals put to the Australian people in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. 

Most Australians are unaware that there is a Senate Committee has sought public opinion on improving Australia’s social cohesiveness, democracy, and international image – The Government has asked how to achieve a fuller expression of Australia’s nationhood.

Floriade 2019 features an Indigenous flowerbed
Saturday 14 September – Sunday 13 October 2019, Commonwealth Park
In June Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff from across the ACT public service helped plant some of the 6000 bulbs in this flowerbed, a collaboration between Floriade and the National Arboretum.  It will be the first bed you see entering from Regatta Point, main entrance. “The design is based on an Aboriginal shield at the National Museum of Australia that was used in war and ceremony.”

The ANU LRSJ Indigenous Reconciliation Project is hosting a panel discussion on Next Steps: Towards Reconciliation.

Next Steps: Towards Reconciliation.

The panel will discuss the key recommendations from The Uluru Statement From the Heart, including Voice, Treaty, Truth, and the next steps we must take towards reaching true reconciliation.

Panellists include:

Further panellists to be confirmed!
Tue., 24 September 2019
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm AEST
Fellows Road Law Theatre 1
The Australian National University, 5 Fellows Road
Acton, ACT 2601
for all the details:

2019 Wentworth Lecture
The 2019 Wentworth Lecture, ‘Innovation – Indigenous genius then and now’ will be delivered by Professor Marcia Langton AM at the National Press Club of Australia. Wednesday 25 September 11:30 for 12:30 start.  Tickets from the Press Club.

The Wentworth Lecture is held in honour of the Honourable W C Wentworth AO. It was established in 1978 to pay tribute to Mr Wentworth’s contribution to Indigenous studies in Australia and as a means to encourage all Australians to gain a better understanding of issues that go to the heart of our development as a nation.
For more information see the AIATSIS website

$ 29.95
Aunty Kerry Reed-Gilbert

An exquisite portrait of growing up Aboriginal on the fringes of outback towns in New South Wales in the mid-twentieth century. The Cherry Picker’s Daughter is a window into the day-to-day lived experience, a profound insight into the extraordinary strength, resilience and ingenuity of Aboriginal families, of women in particular, to survive and overcome seemingly insurmountable adversity: extreme poverty, persecution, racism and cultural genocide.

ANTaR Victoria
Indigenous Literacy Day
First Nations Fringe Festival
Djab Wurrung Protection Embassy and more!
September is the month to get into reading with a range of education basd events and dates around the corner!  We hope you a month of learning, conversation and reading! See our book recommendations on our InstagramTwitter and Facebook.



The COMMITTEE ON RACIAL EQUALITY is holding the 12th in a series of gath-
erings offering opportunities to listen and learn from First Nations People. You are invited to participate in a Knowledge Sharing Circle with Helen Moran, a Wiradjuri/Wongaibon woman and Stolen Generations Survivor. The Knowledge Sharing Circle is a very special ceremony that offers participants the opportunity to have a close and personal experience with each other as they embark on their shared journey of learning throughout the afternoon. Helen will share some of her personal background and experience as an Advocate and Activist for Stolen Generations and First Nations Peoples; the story of the Sorry and Pledge Books, a framed Apology and the music sticks (Timpilyipa Sticks).
Helen is a founding member of the National Sorry Day Committee (NSDC) and the
ACT Journey of Healing (ACT JOH). She held the positions of NSDC Indigenous
Chair for a period of six years and ACT JOH Co-Chair for two years. Helen will be open to questions during the presentation. After the presentation refreshments will be offered. Helen has been producing Cross Cultural Educational Resources (books & CDs) through her business, ‘Shades of Brindle’. She will bring samples of her activities for sale at the event.
The Sharing Circle is held on Sunday 29 September 2019 from 2.00-4.00 pm
at the Friends Meeting House cnr Condamine & Bent Streets, Turner ACT.
Please RSVP by Friday 27 September
to Gedda Fortey, 6247 4824,
or David Purnell, 6259 5078,



ICONS: Australian faces from the National Portrait Gallery of Australia – reopening on Saturday 14 September.

Parliament House  ICONS: Australian faces from the National Portrait Gallery
23 August – 23 September 2019 from the National Portrait Gallery, Exhibition area, level 1, free.
An exhibition of bold and dynamic portraits including Kathy Freeman.

Activism: forces for change in Canberra
To Saturday 2 November, 10am—5pm Monday to Saturday
For more information, see the website.
This exhibition is about activism in many forms that has taken place in Canberra over the last century. It includes the well-known stories of the fight for women’s rights, for marriage equality and the establishment of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, but also stories of quiet activism; the creation of services for marginalised groups, artist’s collectives and the protest of presence. No matter whether it’s big and dramatic, or quiet and slow, these are stories of people working for change in the Canberra community.

Body Language
To Sunday 3 November
Learning Gallery, National Gallery of Australia
For more information see the NGA website
Body Language is the first exhibition in the new Learning Gallery and explores the identity of Australia’s diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. Through story, dance, song, kinship, carvings, painting and markings on bodies and objects, it seeks to highlight the rich complexity of Australia’s Indigenous cultural expression.

Painting on Country
to 10 November 2019 at the National Museum of Australia – First Australians Focus Gallery, free.
Painting on Country features works by five senior artists from five senior artists from Tjunju Palya art centre in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands of South Australia.  The artists have reinvigorated their ancestors’ practice of painting directly onto the land. Their works are timeless and transient, bridging the ancient and the contemporary.


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