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Adelaide’s NAIDOC Rally- 2007

Posted by carolom on July 13, 2007

What a big turn out for the NAIDOC march through the city from Tarndanyangga (Victoria Square) to the banks of the River Torrens.
Here are some of the images from the annual Rally…

What a wonderful day of Spirit and Pride intermingled with the outrage and injustice of all that continues to occur with government policies that sanction the continual erosion of self-determination and justice.
Linking child abuse in some communities to the removal of land rights across the board re-enforces the historical mistrust and outrage that began when the first piece of traditionally owned land was invaded and occupied all those years ago.

When John Howard announced that the government will be sending in the police and army to change behaviours in communities, I wondered where the Healers, the counsellors and culturally connected facilitators of change fitted into the equation…
They don’t of course and the disregard of the deep healing, systemic cultural trauma and grief and loss components of initiating sustainable changes reflects the lack of Initiation and wisdom by those who have made these autocratic decisions.

“Don’t Tampa with our Children” was one of the messages on the placard…

As a non-Aboriginal Australian for Reconciliation and justice I am dismayed by the on going racism by exclusion in this country…
Where are young Aboriginal teenagers seeing themselves on mainstream television? Rarely ever on popular soaps and the on going stereotyping of Nunga youth as either a criminal, car thief or football player re-enforces the limitations of systemic stereotyping even further.

You can view some of the positive stories on the Indigidocs website that we developed in partnership with the S.A. film corp, NungaTV and members of the Community:
Click here for the Indigidocs short-docos on line
Katrina Power’s story can be heard by clicking on the NTV4 button on the t.v. graphic. Her insights regarding contemporary ‘rites of passage’ through the criminal system are a powerful statement.

Statistics reveal that whilst 4 in 1,000 non Indigenous youth experience incarceration 54 in 1,000 Aboriginal youth will be locked up at any given time.

Katrina Power was the first Aboriginal Journalist working for The Advertiser, back in the years when it was considered important to have a journalist who would cover the news, views and events in the Aboriginal Community here in South Australia.

The NAIDOC march in Adelaide was not covered by the media…we didn’t see the story on the evening news.

Media often talk up the negative issue-based stories but give far less voice to the positive gatherings that reflect strength and pride and give little voice or recognition of the critical issues related to land theft, injustice and the on-going exploitation of traditional land and resources….aspects of Australian history and current circumstances that remain untold on the larger platform of Australia’s media / story telling outlets.

After awhile the predictable media-pattern of perception and portrayal becomes apparent when you see how little coverage the grass roots, positive stories receive when you attend many open-Community events annually and consistently find no coverage of them in the local papers or on television.

Life and how it is constructed and portrayed is all about relationships and I often ponder on how many politicans, public servants and media creators /journalists and story tellers have personal connections and relationships with Aboriginal people….the cultural divide is still a chasm in this great land of Oz. I know that when peple have personal relationships with those they see as ‘different’, the racism by exclusion would not be as prolific as it is today…
When we care and connect at a personal level we have a very different experience of the suffering and challenges of others.

“We are all the same within, regardless of the skin we are in”….

So here is my short photo essay of the culmination of NAIDOC 2007…photos that say Yes! it DID happen even if you didn’t read about it in the press….

Thankyou to the NAIDOC Committe and the many volunteers and contributors who made the NAIDOC Celebrations a huge success.

The “Sold” sign in the background is more than a bit ironic…


7 Responses to “Adelaide’s NAIDOC Rally- 2007”

  1. THANKS 4 the Link… AWESOME pic’s 🙂

  2. Margaret Brodie said

    Photos are gorgeous!

  3. Margaret Brodie said

    Thanks for that the photos are deadly.

  4. Alec said

    Onya Carol…. doing gooood
    and goood to see some faces from home

  5. Glenn said

    Great that you got these pictures, Carol.
    Especially the one (produced for the Aboriginal Alliance Coalition Movement) which says on one side :
    “Aboriginal people call on all citizens to uphold and honour the 1836 South Australian Letters Patent – authorised by Aboriginal Alliance Coalition Movement Ph (08) 8227 0170]”, and on other side of banner a quote from Don Dunstan : “Aborigines were wrongfully deprived of their just dues. We must, as far as we can, right the wrongs done”.
    Dunstan made this statement when introducing the Aboriginal Lands Trust Act in SA Parliament in 1966.

  6. Kim O'Donnell said

    Beautiful pictures- thank you for sharing them

  7. Camille said

    Dear All, I am a member of the SA NAIDOC Committee and we are seeking community support for a NAIDOC Coffee Table Style Book which covers the history of NAIDOC Celebrations in SA. If we can get enough material we are hoping to get the book published for the National NAIDOC Event that SA will be hosting this year.

    If you have any photos of the NAIDOC March, Ball or other Events related to NAIDOC we would like to hear from you, the older the better.

    Your contributions will be greatly appreciated

    Thanks for your help. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any enquires.
    my email is camille.dobson@santos.com

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