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The Whittlesea Reconciliation Group will host two free screenings of ‘Connection to Country’ to engage our community in a conversation about Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ deep connections to Country and the need to protect sites of significance.
Friday 8 June 6.30pm Village Cinema $5
Connection to Country
In the heart of Western Australia, the Burrup Peninsula, or Murujuga as it’s known to the Traditional Owners, hosts the oldest and largest concentration of rock art in the world; a dramatic, ancient landscape so sacred that it shouldn’t be looked upon at all except by its Traditional Owners. This site of incalculable historic, aesthetic and continuing cultural value is now being threatened by industrialisation and development.
Since colonisation the Burrup has become home to salt mines, iron ore port facilities and one of Australia’s largest gas plants.
But the First Peoples of the Pilbara are fighting back on behalf of this most sacred of places and other important sites on their Country – documenting the rock art, recording sacred sites and battling to get their unique cultural heritage recognised, ‘digitised’ and celebrated.
Indigenous Australians: The Promise of the Future
LaTrobe University will host Aboriginal leaders Noel Pearson and Professor Megan Davis to speak on the future relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. Please pass via your own networks
Speakers: Noel Pearson comes from the Guugu Yimidhirr community of Hope Vale on south eastern Cape York Peninsula. Mr Pearson is a lawyer, and Founder and Director of Strategy of the Cape York Partnership. Mr Pearson also co-founded the Cape York Land Council, and helped to establish Apunipima Health Council, Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation and Indigenous Enterprise Partnerships. Mr Pearson served as a member of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians and the Referendum Council.
Professor Megan Davis is Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous and Professor of Law, UNSW. Prof Davis is an expert member of the United Nations Human Rights Council's Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Prof Davis is a constitutional lawyer who was a member of the Referendum Council and the Expert Panel on the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution. Megan is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and the Australian Academy of Social Sciences and a Commissioner on the Australian Rugby League Commission. Megan supports the North Queensland Cowboys and the QLD Maroons.