Country, Culture, People, Future

National Indigenous Affairs

The 2015 Goodness Festival

Posted: August 11th, 2015

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Goodness Festival

The 2015 Goodness Festival is taking place from August 14-23 in the Mid West. The Festival enables innovation and collaboration to grow a smart, sustainable community. Through the 7 Festival Themes, Goodness makes it easy for everyone to learn about and ‘do’ science, social change, innovation, conservation, philanthropy and digital creativity. Unique to the Mid West, Goodness Festival features more than 25 events: tours, talks, workshops, pitches and exhibits.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day

Posted: August 3rd, 2015

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August 4 is National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day. #fairstartforIndigKids recognises the strengths and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and draws attention to the issues affecting them.

This year’s Children’s Day theme is Little People, Big Futures emphasising an investment in the children of today will secure the strength and success of communities tomorrow. Visit for more information.

2015 Amnesty International Media Awards now open

Posted: July 24th, 2015

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Launch of Amnesty's Indigenous Youth Incarceration campaign.  Photo: (c)AIA/ IngetjeTadros

Amnesty’s Indigenous Youth Incarceration Campaign
Photo: (c)AIA/ IngetjeTadros

These awards include the Indigenous Reporting category, recognising excellence in media coverage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander human rights issues.

This year’s Amnesty International Australia Media Awards are now open and journalists are encouraged to enter their human rights stories of the last year.

To enter these awards visit here before the closing date of Friday 14 August 2015.

Happy NAIDOC Week!

Posted: July 8th, 2015

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NAIDOC Week 2015 is now in full swing, and YMAC has been busy celebrating the achievements of Aboriginal people. You can find out what events are happening near you by visiting the official NAIDOC site.

Celebrating NAIDOC 2015 in Tom Price

Celebrating NAIDOC 2015 in Tom Price

Geraldton YMAC staff getting a lesson in Wajarri from Bundiyarra's Godfrey Simpson

Geraldton YMAC staff getting a lesson in Wajarri from Bundiyarra’s Godfrey Simpson





Get ready for National Reconciliation Week

Posted: May 8th, 2015

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National Reconciliation Week 2015 is coming up so now is the time to register your event and find out what is happening near you. Visit the Reconciliation Australia website to learn more.


Join World Rallies this Friday to Stop the Community Closures

Posted: April 29th, 2015

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This Friday, 1 May, communities are joining together in protest against the Barnett Government’s forced closure of Aboriginal Communities.

This marks the second wave of rallies organised by the group SOS Blak Australia. The protests will occur world-wide including in Los Angeles, London, Berlin and Christchurch, as well as all Australian capital cities.

Rallies will take place in Perth and regional Western Australia, including Roebourne, Newman, Port Hedland and Geraldton.

The State Government announced in November 2014 that it intended to close up to 150 Aboriginal Communities in Western Australia. Five months later, the Government has still not engaged in discussion with Aboriginal people on this issue.

The Barnett Government has not identified the location of Communities under threat of closure and has not identified what will happen to those who live in the Communities following the closure.

To view the complete list of planned action visit SOSBlakAustralia.

Free flu shots for Aboriginal kids this winter

Posted: April 24th, 2015

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Free flu vaccines are now available for  Aboriginal people most at risk from the virus, including children between six months and five years old, people over 65, pregnant women and children under 15. The vaccines are available from GPs, Aboriginal Medical Services and immunisation clinics.  For more information, contact the Immunise Australia information line on 1800 671 811.



Nominate now for national NAIDOC awards

Posted: April 15th, 2015

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PMC001_15_NAIDOC_logo_stackedMany Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples contribute to Australian society through music, art, culture, community, education, environment, sport, employment and politics.

If someone in your community deserves to be recognised for their contribution, you can nominate them now for the 2015 National NAIDOC Awards. Entries close on Friday, 24 April 2015.

For more information and nomination forms visit the National NAIDOC website.






Deadline for Constitution Recognition Submissions Extended

Posted: October 29th, 2014

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The Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples has extended its deadline on receiving public submissions. The closing date for public submissions is now 31 January 2015.

The Committee has been established to inquire into steps that can be taken to progress towards a successful referendum on the recognition of Indigenous peoples in the Australian constitution. Written submissions are prefered and can be made online at their website. Submissions can also be sent by email (, or post:

Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
PO Box 6100
Parliament House

In July of this year the committee tabled an interim report in the Parliament, and it has since been holding public hearings around Australia. To access the report click here.

What is this all about?

There are a few aspects to this area: it is not just about adding positive recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to the Australian constitution, but also about removing very outdated and negative things that are still in that document. Unfortunately, the famous 1967 referendum that allowed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to be counted in the national census, did not fix other big problems in the Australian constitution.

Section 25 of the Australian constitution allows States to disqualify people from voting, on the basis of the race of those people. The majority of people now agree that this section is discriminatory and that it should be deleted.

The 1967 referendum changed the constitution to allow the Federal Parliament, rather than the States, to make laws relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. But today, most people agree that power sometimes has been misused to allow the making of laws that harm particular races, including Indigenous Australians, more than other Australians. There are a lot of different views about how this problem might be fixed though, and YMAC is open to hearing from you about it. If you have time to read the interim report mentioned above, don’t be shy about letting YMAC’s new policy officer, Cameron Poustie, know how you think we should respond: he’s at or on 08 9268 7000.

Finally, there’s the question of whether Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be recognised with an introductory paragraph somewhere in the Australian constitution. There seems to be strong support in the Australian community for this type of change as well, but at the moment there are different views as to how it might be done. It should be remembered that a proposed ‘preamble’ was voted down in a national referendum in 1999, so the consultation process before the voting needs to be a lot better this time. Again, if you have an opinion, please get in touch with Cameron Poustie as above.

Country is our mother, the provider and keeper of cultural belongings. Country and Culture go together. You can’t have one without the other.

Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners and custodians throughout Western Australia, and on whose Country we work. We acknowledge and respect their deep connection to their lands and waterways.

We honour and pay respect to Elders, and to their ancestors who survived and cared for Country.

Our offices are located on Whadjuk Country, Southern Yamatji Country, Yinggarda Country, Kariyarra Country, and Yawuru Country. We recognise the continuing culture, traditions, stories and living cultures on these lands and commit to building a brighter future together.

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