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"Hello from Lake Athabasca, we’re here learning about the Canadian tar sands. We took a moment to join the #IceBucketChallenge movement in support of the ALS Association. My friends Chief Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation challenges Dave Collyer president of Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Chief Courtoreille of the Mikisew Cree First Nation challenges Mark Little of Suncor Canada and The Sierra ClubPresident Michael Brune challenges Shell CEO Ben van Beurden.

And me? In addition to a donation from my foundation, I challenge Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.”


A list of all massacres of Indigenous Australians that happened in Victoria. I feel this information needs to be shared as people don’t know nearly enough about Indigenous Australians and do not know how horribly we were and still are treated. Nothing else needs to be said as the list tells it all. Click the photos to save a bigger image for reading the list clearly. 

Photo/display credit: Brambuk - The National Park & Cultural Centre.

Family of missing First Nation teen fears for her safety

Members of a Winnipeg family say they’re afraid for the safety of 15-year-old Pretty Plume Cobiness.

According to a post on Facebook, Cobiness was last seen leaving Studio 393 in Portage Place wearing a black T-shirt with a white logo. The First Nation teen is approximately five feet six inches tall, weighs about 170 pounds, and has long brown hair.

Her brother, Pete Cobiness, says no one in her family has heard from her since Saturday. 

"You never know and if you’re in the city, that’s what really worries me — some crazy stuff goes on out here," he told CBC News on Tuesday.

Winnipeg police confirm that Cobiness was reported missing on Saturday, Aug. 16.

Her disappearance came just one day before the body of another 15-year-old girl, Tina Fontaine, was discovered in the Red River in Winnipeg.

This is tragic. ANOTHER missing aboriginal girl in Canada. Not even a day after Tina Fontaine was found, murdered.

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Wayne Quilliam: Photography in context of Indigenous Australian culture

Series of Aboriginal artist Wayne Quilliam “Lowanna” (beautiful woman) transforms the concept of the body and the earth studying the psychological implications of the human habitat. Wayne’s work is rooted in sensitivity. He speaks of the connection and isolation, loss and discovery and tragic irony poorly designed

Wayne Quilliam is considered one of Australia’s most prominent Aboriginal photographic artists working on the global stage with more than 130 solo and group exhibitions in Australia, Europe, Asia and the USA. He has been awarded what is considered one of the most prestigious Australian art accolades, the 2009 NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee) Artist of the Year. In 2008 he won the Human Rights Award for his work on the Apology with the Koori Mail and was a finalist in the prestigious Walkley Awards for a social documentary on the block in Redfern, Sydney.

Starting from 10th January 2010 the art place berlin in the Park Inn Berlin-Alexanderplatz will present the large-sized photographies of the Lowanna series. The works will be shown in the context of paintings by protagonists of Australia’s indigenous art, among others Kudditji Kngwarreye and Jeannie Long Petyarre.

An Open Letter to Iggy Azaela

Dear Amethyst Ameila aka Iggy Azaela 

Let me start by stating at this stage you will be completely unaware of who I am, However you and I aren’t that different. As a matter of fact we’re both females, making great achievements in our chosen fields, a few months apart in age and Australian born.

What you don’t know is I am also a mother of 3 young children, I hold a double diploma, I’ve established a small business back here in Australia and I just so happen to be of ABORIGINAL heritage. 

Before I get into detail i’l commend you on your achievements, it’s not everyday an Australian female rapper cracks the toughest pop chart in the world, ranking simultaneously first and second, joining record books alongside the Beatles. For that I congratulate you.

Now I wish to address your not so brilliant remarks regarding Aboriginal Australian and our civilisation status (or lack there of according to comments). I’ve watched your interview with ’Sway in the Morning’ (Click here to view) a number of times, at first I was frankly pissed off, your comments are completely misleading. I understand you were put on the stop, you’ve been in America since you were 16yrs of age and you lack an understanding of issues which obviously don’t affect you. 

As you said 'There are a lot of Australians who have an unfair stero-type about Aboriginal People' - This I completely agree with and this is exactly where you should have left it. Instead you chose to continue on with details you knew nothing about. 

Firstly I couldn’t believe the words came out of your mouth when stating 'They (Aboriginal) People don't believe in living in an enclosed structure like a house' - WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU? Our elders built shelters, they lived in huts, they didn’t simply ‘Sleep under the stars’. You realise had they done this they would have been exposed to wild animals and insect bites which could have caused all kinds of problems. 

We also don’t receive 'government houses to smash up' those western civilised government houses you speak of are known as Public housing properties. Some are titled ‘Aboriginal Housing’, they are still apart of the Public housing sector however a small amount are allocated specifically to those who are Aboriginal in order to support struggling families. - This type of confusion also happens when ignorant Australians think Aboriginal people are entitled to all kinds of Welfare payments and free cars. If that was the case, Where is my house to smash up and free car? Lets get serious people its the 21century. Welfare is welfare black or white. The government sector labels these things differently ‘Aboriginal Housing’ and ‘Public Housing’ or Abstudy and AusStudy at the end of the day it’s still THE SAME THING! 

Ignorance is bliss right so allow me to educate you just a little on Aboriginal People, MY PEOPLE and OUR CULTURE.

We have a rich culture which dates back over 40,000years, a vast land that always was and always will be Aboriginal Land. There is great diversity among aboriginal people, with thousands of tribes across the country, customs and languages specifically suited to each, we are not all the same and can not be painted with the same brush. Past Aboriginal People mainly lived as hunters and gatherers, living off the land in order to survive. Tribes moved locations due to changing seasons and available food, shelter or resources. 

Our people have a belief in the Dreamtime with spiritual connections. The dreamtime stretches back into the distant past while connecting with our present and future. We also have many forms of traditional art work, weaving, dance and music. These often came together when a corroboree was to be held. 

During European settlement our people were subject to horrendous conditions, including that of slavery, rape and murder. We have since come a long way thanks to our elders both past and present who continue to fight for equal rights similar to that of the black panthers movement I’m sure you are familiar with.

It wasn’t until 1962 Aboriginal People were given the right to vote in commonwealth elections. In 1965 a group of students from the University of Sydney organised a bus tour of costal New South Wales to raise awareness of health and living conditions. This is now known as the Freedom ride also used to highlight social discrimination. In 1967 a referendum was held to allow the government to make laws with respect to Aboriginal People and to include Aboriginal people when the country does a count or votes to determine electoral representation. In 1971 Neville Bonner became the first Aboriginal Australian in Federal parliament a year later the tent embassy was set up on the steps of Parliament house in Canberra. 

We also have a number of high achieving sports people who act as role models for younger Aboriginal Australians. In 1971 Evonne Googlagong-Cawley became the world number one ranked tennis player. 1973 Arthur Beetson became the first Aboriginal Australian to Captain any sport when he lead the Australian Rugby League team. 1982 Mark Ella became the Captin of The Wallabies the Australian Rugby Union team. In 2000 Cathy Freeman lit the Sydney Olympic flame and went on to win the 400metres. There are now currently many outstanding sports people, lawyers, authors, journalists, doctors and performers etc who guide and inspire our younger generations. 

Some historical land claims have also occurred. In 1985 the government returned Ayers Rock which is traditional known as Uluru to the original owners of that land and in 1992 the high court of Australia handed down its decision in the Mabo case declaring the first land rights which has opened the doors for many more opportunities to rightfully and respectfully take ownership of what is Aboriginal property.

We have come so far, yet we have so much further to go. 

- We are currently still fighting the war on racism 

- We are not recognised in the Australian Constitution

- We have an expected death rate 10years lower then that of a non-Aboriginal Australian

- We currently represent 3% of Australia but take 28% of the jail population. 

- We are 60% more likely to be behind when starting school

- We are 34.6% less likely to be employed when graduating

- We have a 63% lower employee salary opposed to those at the same level

Iggy this is just touching the surface, there is much more I am still yet to be educated on myself, so in future I ask you to THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK! Remember where you came from and really understand the history of the land and its original people, its ABORIGINAL people. Better yet I challenge you on your next visit to Australia to do as I have done and go into the local communities. Meet with Aboriginal people, you may be pleasantly surprised, I can guarantee you will learn an enormous amount about our people, our culture, our way of life and even more so YOURSELF just as I have. 


Kira-Lea Dargin

(An Aboriginal Woman of the Wiradjuri Tribe).


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Aboriginal rock art of the Algaihgo Fire Woman at the Kakadu National Park, NT, Australia.

Notice her four arms, and the banksias (a native Australian plant) attached to her head.

The Australian National Parks & Wildlife Service provide the following description of the image depicted on a sign near the site:

Algaihgo (pronounced Al-guy-go), the fire woman, is one of the First People or Nayuhunggi who created the world. She planted the yellow banksias in the woodlands and used their smouldering flowers to carry fire.

Stories about Algaihgo tell how she hunted rock possum, her favourite food, with the help of the dingoes which travelled with her.

People are afraid of Algaihgo because she kills and burns people, and avoid her Djang (sacred site) on the Arnhem Land Plateau where her spirit lives.

Photos taken by Hansjoerg Morandell.

Nearly 1,200 missing, murdered aboriginal women in Canada
May 4, 2014

The official tally of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada has hit nearly 1,200—and it’s not Native groups giving this number, it’s the country’s own police force.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on Thursday May 1 confirmed to reporters that its own tally had yielded 1,186 cases of indigenous women—1.026 who had been murdered and 160 of whom are missing—over the past 30 years. This dwarfed the previous high number of 824 determined by a researcher in Ottawa earlier this year, as the Winnipeg Free Press  reported in January. Even that number was higher than figures compiled by the Native Women’s Association of Canada, which had documented 582 cases.

The latest revelation came after the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) learned on April 30 that “more than 1,000” women had been documented as missing or murdered. The RCMP would “not confirm or deny” that number,APTN reported.

On May 1, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulsen revealed the exact number to reporters after testifying before a Parliamentary committee,APTN said. The RCMP will release the full data within a month, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney told the committee, according to APTN.

Reaction has been swift and outraged, starting with the official Opposition New Democratic Party (NDP).

“The Ottawa area has about a million inhabitants,” said NDP leader Tom Mulcair, according to APTN. “Imagine if a thousand women had been murdered or missing in Ottawa. Do you think we’d have to beg for an inquiry?”

The revelations sparked repeated calls for a national inquiry into the issue, which the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has repeatedly said it would not do.

Blaney told Parliament that an inquiry would not serve as much purpose as the $25 million that has been allocated for the issue in the Conservative government’s federal budget for 2014, the Canadian Press reported.

In all, aboriginal women are three times more likely to become the target of violence than non-aboriginal women, according to government data reported by the Star in January. Several high-profile cases over the years have brought attention to the matter. Last year the body of 25-year-old Bella Laboucan-McLean, the sister of environmental and indigenous-rights activist Melina Laboucan-Massimo, was found at the foot of a high-rise in Toronto last July. Although six people were inside the condo that she fell from on the 31st floor, her death remains unsolved.

Earlier this year the case of murdered Inuit student Loretta Saunders broke hearts across the country but especially in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she had been researching the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women for her thesis at Saint Mary’s University.

In her research, which her advisor Darryl Leroux called brilliant, the pregnant 26-year-old wrote about the ongoing effects of colonialism on the perception and treatment of indigenous women.

“Despite feeling hesitant at times, I refuse to remain quiet, feel ashamed and embarrassed about the struggles and hardships that were strategically developed and designed for me through colonial practices and policies as well as societal norms that emerged as part of the colonizers plan to assimilate and eliminate Indigenous peoples,” Saunders wrote in her thesis proposal, released by Leroux and her sister. “I refuse to allow my past dictate my future and define who I am.”


This is Woodrow Wilson Keeble (May 16, 1917 – January 28, 1982) a U.S. Army National Guard veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. He was a full-blooded member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, a federally recognized tribe of Dakota people. Although he was wounded (at least) twice in World War II and three times in the Korean War, he only received two purple hearts. Following a long campaign by his family and the congressional delegations of both North and South Dakota, on March 3, 2008, President George W. Bush posthumously awarded Keeble the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Korean War.