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Australian South Sea Islander Recognition Day

Date Published: 25/08/2021 Category: Blog Post

Today is Australian South Sea Islander Recognition Day. On this day in 1994 the Australian South Sea Island Community were formally recognised by the Federal Government as a ‘distinct cultural group’. We remember the over 60,000 Islanders who were blackbirded from over 80 Pacific Islands during a period of four decades from 1863–1904. The Australian…

https://fnwa.org.au/2021/08/25/australian-south-sea-islander-recognition-day/

The rights of Indigenous workers are under attack.

Date Published: 26/09/2018 Category: Blog Post

The Liberal Government are backing laws that force Indigenous people into work, not for wages, only welfare. Indigenous workers are: Forced to work 25 hours a week and earn $11.20/hour Not entitled to superannuation Not entitled to our workplace employment standards Are excluded from Federal OHS & Workers Comp laws Able to be exploited as…

https://fnwa.org.au/2018/09/26/the-rights-of-indigenous-workers-are-under-attack/

Union Support – Aunty Lorraine Brown

Date Published: 01/06/2017 Category: Blog Post

The trade unions were key supporters of the 1967 referendum and the fight for equal wages for Indigenous workers. Some unions provided financial support for Indigenous campaigners to travel to conferences and protests.“People like Uncle Fred Moore, Aunty Dolly Henry, Aunty Mary Davis … without people like them we wouldn’t be living the way we’re…

https://fnwa.org.au/2017/06/01/union-support-aunty-lorraine-brown/

Our History, Our Future

Date Published: 16/08/2016 Category: Blog Post

Address by ACTU Indigenous Officer Kara KeysTo the ACTU Executive and Indigenous Leadership ConferenceTuesday, 16 August 2016 My name is Kara Keys, I am a decedent of the Yiman and Gangulu peoples of Central Qld.  I work at the ACTU as the National Indigenous Officer. I’d like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land…

https://fnwa.org.au/2016/08/16/our-history-our-future/

Proud to be Indigenous – Nathan Brennan

Date Published: 05/02/2014 Category: Blog Post

Proud to be Indigenous!!! Introduction This blog highlights a few stories of my journey as a proud Aboriginal man. I love stories, stories are an important part of Aboriginal life, passing down laws, knowledge and ensuring a spiritual and physical connection to Gunni Thukkun (mother earth). I believe no one has the right to dismiss…

https://fnwa.org.au/2014/02/05/proud-to-be-indigenous-nathan-brennan/

Pearl Diving – a dark history

Date Published: 03/02/2014 Category: Blog Post

From 1862-68, local Aborigines worked ‘dry shelling’ without wages, collecting oysters in the shallow waters of Shark Bay. Within three years, the supply was so low that larger boats were sent out two kilometres off shore to collect oysters in deep water. Six to eight Aboriginal men and women in a boat would ‘naked dive’…

https://fnwa.org.au/2014/02/03/pearl-diving-a-dark-history/