AQ Monthly February 2013


The ANTaR Qld Monthly

February 2013

rights  l  justice  l  respect



ANTaR Qld acknowledges the significance of the 5th annniversary of the February 13th Apology Day to the members of the Stolen Generation and their families. We encourage all Australians to mark the day.



Apology Day - Fifth Anniversary

13th February 2013

See Kevin Rudd's 2008 Apology Speech on line here


ANTaR Qld Annual General Meeting

Sat 16th February 4pm

Members are invited to the annual general meeting of the association to particpate in the election of the 2013 management committee. Kurilpa Hall, 174 Boundary Road, West End The election will be a paper ballot on the day and proxy forms are available on the website here:


In Conversation with Mary Graham : AGM Guest Speaker

Sat 16th February 4.45pm

As part of the 2013 ANTaR Qld Annual General Meeting, Kurilpa Hall, 174 Boundary Road, West End, 4-6 pm. Mary Graham is the guest speaker at 4:45 pm, talking about the hard questions: What kind of country do we live in now? What do we want it to be like? What can we do to make a different dreaming? What does sovereignty mean? How will it be good for Australia? What is ‘civilised’? What is racism?


Association Membership Fees now due

Thanks to everyone for your support and commitment over the year that has been 2012. Your membership makes us a stronger voice for rights, justice and respect in this state and we encourage you to join us for another year of learning more, letter writing, campaigning and advocacy. Membership forms and payment details can be found here


Other Activities



Sunday 10 February 2013 2pm

TWILIGHT WALK: Boundary Street, Spring Hill to Boundary Street, West End Walk On Sunday 10th February 2013, Reconciliation Queensland will be coordinating and participating in a Twilight Walk “Boundary to Boundary” in commemoration and celebration of the 5th anniversary of the Apology handed down by the Australian Government in 2008. You are invited to join the walk which starts at 3:00pm and is a slow, police supported walk from St James College, Boundary Street, Spring Hill to Boundary Street, West End (approx. 4km) which recognises the boundaries of indigenous exclusion at twilight from the Brisbane settlement during the 19th century. The walk ends at the State Library where participants gather to share stories and enjoy a Barbeque and the music of local artists. Walkers to meet at St James College, 201 Boundary St, Brisbane at 2.00pm. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, catch public transport and bring wet weather gear in case of rain.


On Sunday 10th February 2013, Reconciliation Queensland Inc is hosting a display of market stalls in the kuril dhagun, at the State Library of Queensland. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and craftspeople will be demonstrating their skills and sharing their cultures. Organisations committed to Reconciliation will be illustrating their contribution to the journey. The display will run from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm and is open to the public, this is a free event to attend. For further information on these events contact Rosalie Raciti. Phone: 07 3857 2373 Email:



The Queen Street Mall comes to life every Wednesday with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural dance and music. Wednesdays. 11am – 2 pm. Different artists are featured each week 12-1pm. Enjoy vibrant performances, chat with local artists and immerse yourself in this cultural experience.


Deepen the Conversation: A Burning Landscape

27th February 6pm

The Biggest Estate on Earth. Historian Bill Gammage explodes the myth that pre-European settlement Australia was an untamed wilderness, revealing the complex, country-wide systems of land management used by Aboriginal people. Inspired by early European accounts that some of the Australian environment resembled well-groomed English estates, Bill has written the book The Biggest Estate on Earth, exploring the ways Aboriginal people lived with the landscape to ensure a rich and fertile environment. Join Kate Evans (ABC Radio National) in conversation with Bill Gammage as they discuss how Aboriginal people understood and shaped this historical landscape, and the impacts of this knowledge on current land management strategies.State Library Auditorium:


From the Artistic Director of the Dreaming Festival comes “ Clancestry”

1-3 March 2013

Clancestry is a festival celebrating the arts and cultural practices of the world's First Nation's Peoples. The festival draws on rich spiritual culture and provides a space to connect with other clan groups across the country and the globe. In presenting performances, workshops, free events and conversations the festival moves beyond transactional contact into deeper relationships between all peoples. In its first year, Clancestry's major focus will be on Australia's First Nation's peoples - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. This year's program by guest curator Rhoda Roberts showcases both traditional and contemporary art forms across a number of genres, highlighting the continuation, revitalisation and dynamic evolution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in Australia.


Ration Shed Tour

Sat 16th March

“When our Elders were moved off the land and taken to Cherbourg they were cut off from their traditional sources of food and were given weekly rations of mainly flour, sugar, tea, sago, rice, split peas and meat. The rations were given from a wooden shed which we have restored and call The Ration Shed Museum. We use the Ration Shed as a space to tell our stories. We want visitors to see and experience what life was like for our people living under the Aboriginal Protection Act during the first half of the 20th century, as well as show them the many wonderful aspects of traditional Aboriginal culture and contemporary Cherbourg life.” Contact to book a spot:


BOOK LAUNCH for Mullumbimby

Friday 22nd February, Avid Reader Bookshop, 193 Boundary Street West End

Salon Event with Melissa Lucashenko, launched by Matthew Condon, 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start, Tickets $7.50 (includes a glass of wine!), Guest readers: Siv Parker winner of the 2012 David Uniapon award at the Qld Literary Awards, Ellen van Neerven Currie, shortlisted in the 2012 David Uniapon award, and Yasmin Smith. About Mullumbimby: A darkly funny novel of romantic love and cultural warfare. When Jo Breen uses her divorce settlement to buy a neglected property in the Byron Bay hinterland, she is hoping for a tree change, and a blossoming connection to the land of her Aboriginal ancestors. What she discovers instead is sharp dissent from her teenage daughter Ellen, trouble brewing from unimpressed white neighbours, and a looming Native Title war among the local Bundjalung families. When Jo stumbles into love on one side of the Native Title divide she quickly learns that living on country is only part of the recipe for the Good Life. Told with humour and a sharp satirical eye, Mullumbimby is a modern novel set against an ancient land.


30 Sep - 19 April 2013
kuril dhagun, level 1, State Library Queensland, During the Commonwealth Games in 1982, Brisbane came alive with political demonstrations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander civil liberties and land rights. This incredible exhibition allows you to relive and reflect on this politically significant time through original footage and photographs, and personal stories from the advocates of this revolutionary movement.


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ANTaR Qld acknowledges the traditional owners of Queensland and we pay our respects to Elders both past and present. We also pledge our support for the ongoing struggle for rights, justice and recognition in this country.