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January 26 – A place to start

Posted by Team APATA | Jan 13, 2022

As January 26 approaches we understand and acknowledge that this is a day of mourning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Now is the time to learn truths about Australian history, attend Survival day events and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists, educators & organisations.


Nation-building and Negotiations: what it takes to collaborate in conversations about January 26, truth-telling, treaties and constitutional reform – A Deep Collaboration webinar. [Free to register]

Convened by Grant Paulson with panel speakers Mark Yettica-Paulson, Dr Josephine Bourne and Liz Skelton.

Due to the ongoing impacts of colonisation, Jan 26 can be at best a missed opportunity to have conversations we should have about identity, history and belonging, and at worst yet another traumatising experience for First Nations and other Australian allies. Using the platform of January 26, Deep Collaboration are offering opportunities to engage in conversations that would otherwise be lost.


[Please know these articles may contain images of people who have passed]

Bronwyn Carlson and Lynda-June Coe’s – A Short history of the Aboriginal tent Embassy – an indelible reminder of unceded sovereignty

This year is the 50th Anniversary of the continued occupation of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy which began January 26 1972. “Its presence is an ongoing call for land rights, sovereignty and self-determination.” [The Conversation]

Bronwyn Carlson: Professor, Indigenous Studies and Director of The Centre for Global Indigenous Futures, Macquarie University. Lynda-June Coe is a PhD Candidate at Macquarie University

Associate Professor Sana Nakata’s – On Voice, and finding a place to start?

“We have a chance to take our futures back again. And it begins with our Voice.”

Sana Nakata is an Associate Professor in Political Science and Associate Dean, Indigenous, at the Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne and co-director of the Indigenous-Settler Relations Collaboration.

SBS: 10 things you should know about January 26

Support First Nations Educators and Organisations

WATCH- The Healing Collection: Impacts of Intergenerational Trauma

WATCH- BuzzFeed – This video contains images and voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.


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