Aboriginal Australian genocide, online map

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Australia: ‘No pride in genocide’ – 50,000 march in Melbourne for ‘Invasion Day

25 january 2017

Some 50,000 people gathered in Melbourne to mark ‘Invasion Day,’ on Thursday, commemorating the colonisation of Australia by the British and the subsequent loss of the continent’s indigenous culture.

By Ben Chacko:

Australia: Map spotlights sites of genocide against aboriginal peoples

Thursday 6th July 2017

AN ONLINE map detailing the genocide of Aboriginal Australians by white settlers was launched yesterday.

The tool, developed by researchers at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, records more than 150 massacres, specifying the sites where killings took place, how many people were murdered, what weapons were used to kill them and who was responsible.

Professor Lyndall Ryan, who developed the resource, said: “Most massacres took place in secret and were designed not to be discovered, so finding evidence of them is a major challenge.”

She told Australian media that she and her team used “settler diaries, newspaper reports, aboriginal evidence and archives from state and federal repositories” to discover and corroborate claimed incidents.

They defined a massacre as the “indiscriminate killing of six or more undefended people,” and traced such events from settlement in 1788 until 1872.

While other online maps have been launched, Prof Ryan says this is the first that details sources and evidence as well as the only “coherent list of frontier massacres spanning 80 years.” As yet, Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland have been carefully documented but more work is needed on other states.

Prof Ryan said she hopes the research will spur an understanding of the genocide and prompt memorial monuments similar to those erected for Australians killed in wars.

A major summit of indigenous people at Uluru in May called for formal representation of Aboriginal Australians in parliament and work towards a treaty specifying their rights.

The Communist Party of Australia argued yesterday that the new tool should encourage progress towards that goal.

True equality required “acknowledgement of history: basically a policy of genocide has been followed,” the party reasoned in an editorial in its Guardian newspaper. That was followed by “assimilation” — an attempt to “eliminate 60,000 years of culture,” it charged.

Both policies sought to wipe out Aboriginal Australians as a people.

“What is needed is … recognition of aboriginal rights as a national minority in Australia, and above all their right to land so that there is work for young aboriginal men and women.”

The map can be viewed at mstar.link/AusMassacres.

Lawyers for the family of Tane Chatfield, a 22-year-old Aboriginal man who died last month at the Tamworth Correctional Centre in New South Wales (NSW), aired allegations on Thursday which cast doubt on the assertions of prison and police authorities that his death was “not suspicious”: here.

Sweet Country: Bitter truths about Aboriginal dispossession in Australia: here.

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  1. Thursday 6th July 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

    MI’KMAQ Native Americans have spoken out over the disruption of a ceremony in Canada honouring victims of British colonisation at the weekend.

    Mi’kmaq women were praying on Canada Day, July 1, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in memory of those killed by the colonisers.

    The service was held by a statue of Edward Cornwallis, the British general who founded Halifax during an invasion of American territory in 1749 that breached a previous BritishMi’kmaq treaty. Cornwallis subsequently put a bounty on Mi’kmaq scalps, leading to widespread slaughter.

    But a group of white men — two now identified as servicemen in the Royal Canadian Navy — burst in on the women declaring: “This is a British colony” and singing God Save the Queen.

    The men claimed to be part of the “proud boys,” a group calling itself “a fraternal organisation of Western chauvinists.”

    Mi’kmaq poet Rebecca Thomas said the incident was “frustrating. We’re trying to help, heal and mourn.”



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  4. Thursday, 14 June 2018

    ACTU fights ‘disgrace of racial discrimination’

    ‘This programme is a disgrace to all Australians and must be scrapped,’ ACTU (Australian Council of Trade Unions) Indigenous Officer Lara Watson said on Tuesday.

    The fight against the racially discriminatory Community Development Programme (CDP) continues, with the Turnbull Government standing by a policy which subjects Indigenous workers in remote communities to longer hours and stricter requirements with no pay, no leave, no OHS (Occupational Health and Safety) protections and workers compensation.

    The First Nations Workers Alliance (FNWA) has held meetings with 1,200 Indigenous workers and their community representatives in 20 regions, signing up 760 members and reached hundreds of thousands on social media in its first year.

    Again this week we have seen evidence of workers in the CDP being forced to work without safety equipment, risking serious injury under threat of having their only payments taken away for months. Lara Watson said: ‘This programme must end. Every day that this continues is another day that Indigenous people go without the dignity of work, without economic autonomy, under the paternalistic policies of this government.

    ‘This programme is putting workers at risk. No one should have to work in a workplace that they believe is unsafe. Everyone has the right to be safe at work and go home at the end of the day.
    ‘We need real jobs in remote communities, with real pay and the full protection of workplace laws.
    ‘We welcome everyone who has already joined up to the FNWA and everyone who has supported the CDP workers. We hope that this year we will see an end to this disastrous policy.’

    Australian states have taken steps towards the nation’s first treaties with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Australia is the only Commonwealth country that does not have a treaty with its Indigenous populations.

    Many Indigenous Australians have cited a treaty or treaties as the best chance of bringing them substantive as well as symbolic recognition – the subject of a long-running national debate.

    A treaty might include binding pacts on specific issues, such as protecting rights and acknowledging past wrongs. It could also set out practical agreements in areas such as health and education.

    ‘We do not seek to limit what a treaty can be, nor who will negotiate specific agreements,’ said one advisory group, Aboriginal Victoria.

    In 1988, then Prime Minister Bob Hawke promised a treaty after he was presented with a landmark document, the Barunga Statement, from Indigenous leaders. Despite public momentum, the discussions were sidelined amid concern over their implications – such as financial compensation.

    Over the years, government focus shifted to other forms of reconciliation, including progress on land rights, debates over constitutional recognition, and programmes intended to reduce indigenous disadvantage.

    Last year, Prime Minister Turnbull rejected calls to set up a parliamentary body that would have overseen a treaty progress, claiming that most Australians would not support it. If passed in the upper house, it will legislate a process for establishing a state Aboriginal representative body and a treaty, or treaties. The bill will also require the Victorian government to provide annual updates on progress. ‘It is about the recognition of us as the first people of this country,’ said Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner Jill Gallagher.

    Aboriginal history Prof Richard Broome, from La Trobe University, said: ‘It is very significant because it is the first move from any government in the country.’ Prof Broome described the Victorian step as ‘the beginning of the journey’, pointing to efforts by other governments.

    The Northern Territory government has signed a memorandum of understanding with Indigenous groups to formally start work on a treaty. Western Australia has also announced plans to establish its own official Aboriginal representative body. The Australian government has not responded to the state and territory developments.

    Meanwhile, an Australian city has removed a tourism advert from the internet after it was accused of a ‘whitewash’ of Indigenous people and ethnic minorities. The advert for Rockhampton, Queensland, was published on Monday and showed scenes of people and local attractions. But Indigenous Australians criticised it for depicting only white people, with one calling it ‘paternalistic’. The city council removed the video and apologised following a backlash online.

    Responding to some tweets, Rockhampton Regional Council said: ‘We should not be promoting the Rockhampton Region without celebrating the (local Indigenous) Darumbal people, the area’s long history, and our diverse community. ‘We apologise and we will do better.’

    Rockhampton, about 600km (370 miles) north of Brisbane, is a city of about 80,000 people that promotes itself as Australia’s beef capital. More than 7% of its population is Indigenous, and the city also has large Vietnamese, Indian and Filipino communities.

    The advert had been part of efforts to bring ‘Rockhampton to the rest of the country and indeed the world’, the city’s mayor said on Monday, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corp.
    Several people pointed out its lack of diversity, including the absence of representations of Indigenous culture. One city councillor, Tony Williams, said it had been an oversight.

    ‘As far as tourism goes, our Indigenous culture is really prominent and we need to focus on that and include that as a priority,’ he said. Critics welcomed the decision to remove the video.



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