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Queer storyteller Skye Lockyer among Miss NAIDOC 2021 finalists

Queer storyteller Skye Lockyer among Miss NAIDOC 2021 finalists

9 of Western Australia’s brightest First Nations women have been announced as finalists for Miss NAIDOC Perth 2021. Miss NAIDOC Perth is an annual 6-week leadership and empowerment program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Celebrating a decade just last year, this grassroots program has helped over 100 young First Nations women strengthen their […]

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Study exposes effects of racism, social exclusion on Aboriginal LGBTIQ+ people

Study exposes effects of racism, social exclusion on Aboriginal LGBTIQ+ people

A groundbreaking study out of Edith Cowan University (ECU) has exposes the effects of racism, queerphobia and social exclusion on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LBGTIQ+ people. As part of the study, two reports published this week provide important insights and recommendations for the health, education and community services sectors to support […]

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Breaking The Silence: Indigenous LGBTIQ+ research launches Friday

Breaking The Silence: Indigenous LGBTIQ+ research launches Friday

A new research project focusing on the lives of Western Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQIA+ community is set to launch later this week. The Breaking The Silence project is led by Pro Vice Chancellor Equity and Indigenous and Head of Kurongkurl Katitjin at Edith Cowan University and queer Noongar man, Professor Braden Hill. […]

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Breaking The Silence: Focus on WA’s First Nations LGBTQIA+ community

Breaking The Silence: Focus on WA’s First Nations LGBTQIA+ community

A new research project focusing on the lives of Western Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQIA+ community is set to launch next month. The Breaking The Silence project is led by Pro Vice Chancellor Equity and Indigenous and Head of Kurongkurl Katitjin at Edith Cowan University and queer Noongar man, Professor Braden Hill. This […]

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WA government announces new funding for Aboriginal suicide prevention

WA government announces new funding for Aboriginal suicide prevention

The McGowan Government has announced they will inject nearly $10 million towards developing and implementing a region-by-region approach to Aboriginal suicide prevention in Western Australia. The regional plans will prioritise Aboriginal-led and locally endorsed initiatives that accommodate a culturally informed social and emotional wellbeing approach to suicide prevention. This includes the principles: nothing for Aboriginal […]

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ACON to host online Yarning Circle for First Nations LGBTIQ+ people

ACON to host online Yarning Circle for First Nations LGBTIQ+ people

NSW LGBTIQ+ health and support organisation ACON are hosting a series of online sessions aiming to connect LGBTIQ+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. ACON is inviting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who identify as LGBTIQ+ to join the conversation, and take part in a series of sessions that provide tools for taking care […]

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National Reconciliation Week 2020: In This Together

National Reconciliation Week 2020: In This Together

This week is National Reconciliation Week, a time to celebrate the culture of First Nations people and explore Australia’s shared histories, cultures and achievements. 2020 marks two decades since the groundbreaking reconciliation walks of 2000, with 250,000 indigenous folks and allies coming together at bridges across the country to call for greater recognition and equality […]

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Bibliophile | Tjanara Goreng Goreng is A Long Way From No Go

A Long Way From No Go by Tjanara Goreng Goreng Wild Dingo Press Christened Patricia Mary Williams, Tjanara spent her first years at No Go cattle station before moving into the town of Longreach in central western Queensland. She remembers that her family as being “impeccable Catholics” with a house so spotless that nobody could […]

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Hypocrisy in the Age of the Postal Survey

Hypocrisy in the Age of the Postal Survey

Between 1905 until the section was repealed in 1955, The Aborigines Act 1905 (WA), (entirely repealed in 1964), specified that our First Nation Peoples in WA could not marry a non-Aboriginal person without permission from the so-called ‘Chief Protector’ (Between 1905 and 1936, this only applied to Aboriginal women marrying non-Aboriginal people, after 1936 it […]

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Black Rainbow: Mental health and the Indigenous queer community

‘Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance’ – Verna Myers Dameyon Bonson, recipient of the Dr. Yunupingu Human Rights Award 2016, is working to strengthen Indigenous communities and improve the access to mental health services by Indigenous Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Transgender and Intersex people and decrease homophobia and […]

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