So I write this as many things are happening in our country, NAIDOC week comes to a close (this doesn't mean that you will stop Indigenous pride for the rest of the year). Finally our parliament has been settled, it's Malcolm Turnbull's Liberals for those who don't know (cue appropriate emotional response). And of course we along with Asia were the first to get PokemonGO (and nostalgia begins to flow in).
Every year I celebrate NAIDOC Week, I'm already very passionate about being an Aboriginal man of Bundjalung and Wiradjuri decent and express in many ways everyday of the year , whether through my art, clothing or even the flag tattooed on my inner forearm with my ancestry, my cultural compass. But what excites me with NAIDOC Week is that I see it as an opportunity for everyone to learn about the culture of the Australian land, it is a week where those who are unsure about where to begin learning can, by attending family days, sports days, marches, workshops, community gatherings and more. And then of course there is all the dressing up to make ourselves look pretty, beautiful, glamorous, handsome, on point, lit, deadly, across the country for each town and cities respected NAIDOC Balls, the national ball being hosted in Darwin, NT. Here we celebrated our achievements as a national collective of traditional custodians of Australia and I personally want to congratulate the winners from this years awards;
Caring for Country : The Manymak Energy Efficient Project
Youth of the Year : Elijah Douglas
Apprentice of the Year : Montana Ah-Won
Scholar of the Year : Layneisha Sgro
Sportsperson of the Year : Jade North
Artist of the Year : Geoffery Gurrumul Yunupingu
Elder Male of the Year : Dr Robert Francis Isaacs
Elder Female of the Year : Professor Mary Ann Bin Sallik
NAIDOC Person of the Year : Professor Chris Sarra
Lifetime Achievement Award : Stephen Page
Amazing people doing some awesome things to improve the world so again I congratulate you. I look forward to next years NAIDOC to be hosted by the Queensland city of Cairns.
POLITCAL WRAP UP
Not that I'm much of a political enthusiast, but I think there's something to be said about the fact that we finally have a decision on our country's current leader and as mentioned above yes it is Malcom Turnbull. It was a close one and I hope that the tight squeeze to form majority in the house can help PM Turnbull to realise that he actually needs to care for the people that is Australia's population. For example the arts contribute 8% of Australia's GDP and have around 124,000 people employed in the arts yet you cut $60 million for the Australia Art's Council budget which resulted in 62 company's no longer being funded. I'm no maths expert but that small but powerful statement of figures is not at all the definition of job growth, where is the common sense, where is the caring for those people, where is the change? #istandwiththearts
Not to mention the lack of support for our refugee asylum seekers whose basic human rights are being violated and then there's the total lack of support for the LGBT community, love is love. Of course then there's the indigenous issues that needs addressing. Well Mr Prime Minister (assuming your deadly internet speed has allowed this page to load) I hope we see some change.
Last item on the agenda is the crazy game PokemonGO !!!!!!!! (Exclamation marks were definitely needed). Many thoughts run through my head when I load up this game on my iPhone, I am going to be the best, I am going to catch them all, #teaminstinct, crap my data, oh well there's another's ratatat, yep I'm going to have to start carrying around a portable charger. Look in all fairness this game isn't good .... It amazing, who hasn't been enjoying the idea of Pokemon in the real world and for that I have to thank you to the powers that made this possible and I'd tip my hat to you if I indeed wore a hat. Added bonus is that fitness is the real winner here making walk 2/5/10 kilometres just to hatch an egg, but you know what, I'll bloody do it !!!!!
Anyways to wrap check out these awesome things;
Bangarra Dance Theatre - Our Land Peole Stories