The Kookaburra

Issue 13 - July 2018 Posted: Wednesday 4 July 2018

Reconciliation Week in Queensland

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad with Premier’s Reconciliation Award winners for delivering the GC2018 Reconciliation Action Plan.

It was another outstanding National Reconciliation Week this year with hundreds of events taking place across the state. This year’s theme for National Reconciliation Week, 'Don’t Keep History a Mystery', encouraged everyone to join the reconciliation journey through improving knowledge and understanding of our shared history.

Reconciliation Week commemorates two significant milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey – the successful 1967 Referendum and the 1992 Mabo High Court Decision.

At the start of Reconciliation Week, the 2018 Queensland Reconciliation Awards were celebrated and congratulations to all of the award winners:

  • Business winner: Rio Tinto Australia for 'Delivering a sustainable future through employment in Cape York'
  • Community winner: Cherbourg Historical Precinct Group Inc for Ration Shed Museum Reconciliation Fun Run
  • Education winner: Mabel Park State High School for 'Miracles at Mabel'
  • Partnership winner: Queensland Theatre, Lone Star Company, Ergon Energy and Energex, part of the Energy Queensland Group, for 'My Name is Jimi'
  • Winners of the Premier’s Reconciliation Award: Mabel Park State High School for 'Miracles at Mabel' and Office of the Commonwealth Games, Advance Queensland and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Organising Corporation for Delivering the 'GC2018 Reconciliation Action Plan'.

You can read more about this year’s award winners on the Reconciliation Awards website.

To conclude National Reconciliation Week, Mabo Day was celebrated across the state on Sunday 3 June, 2018 as many remembered and honoured the life and accomplishments of the great Eddie Koiki Mabo. This year marked 26 years of the landmark court decision that saw the highest court in Australia overturn the term of ‘Terra Nullius’.

Reconciliation Action Plan launch

Deputy Premier at the RAP Launch.

On Sunday 27 May 2018, the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships hosted the launch of the Queensland Government Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2018-2021 which was a great success, with more than 200 community members coming together to celebrate Queensland's commitment to reconciliation.

One of the event highlights was the two brilliant young speakers, Lane Brookes and Bernard Namok Jnr who spoke of their achievements and vision for the future as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men.

The department also produced a timeline video 'A Shared Journey towards Reconciliation' which played during the event morning tea.

You can view the video here via the department's Deadly Stories Facebook page.

DATSIP funding supports reconciliation across Queensland

The Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships’ Celebrating Reconciliation Small Grants Program also provided grants for 40 grassroots events to be held in or around National Reconciliation Week. With an estimated reach of more than 17,000 people, the first year of the small grants program was a huge success.

Measuring the Impact of Reconciliation event

Staff from across several departments came together to hear about the impacts of reconciliation.

The Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs (DLGRMA) in partnership with Reconciliation Queensland Incorporated (RQI) and supported by the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP), held a successful National Reconciliation Week event on Friday, 1 June 2018.

Acting Executive Director, Ms Amanda White, DLGRMA, opened the event, introducing guest speakers Mr Peter Jackson and Uncle Bill Buchanan from RQI.  Also, DATSIP Deputy Director General, Ms Helena Wright, provided an overview of key deliverables of the new Queensland Government RAP.

The event provided a great opportunity for departmental Cultural Agency Leaders and Cultural Capability Community of Practice members to liaise in a positive, friendly atmosphere with the 130 people in attendance, generously raising $1466 in funds for RQI.

CBWC Indigenous Business Woman of the year

Tiarnie Mueller accepting her award on stage for ‘Indigenous Business Woman of the year award’ at the 2018 CBWC Business Woman of the Year Gala Awards.

Congratulations to Tiarnie Mueller of Outdoor Solutions Queensland who was named Indigenous Business Woman of the Year at the 2018 Cairns Business Women's Club (CBWC) Gala Awards in May.

The Indigenous Business Woman of the Year category acknowledges Indigenous business owners and corporate leaders for their outstanding skills and contribution to the wider business community.

DATSIP proudly sponsored the award category which saw Tiarnie nominated alongside three other outstanding Indigenous finalists including:

  • Donna Corrie, Owner/Director of Dee’s Deportment, Grooming and Self Care
  • Elverina Johnson, Owner, Dirringhi Arts and Culture
  • Rose Go Sam, CEO, Kulture

With her pride in culture, family and business, award winner Tiarnie is a fantastic role model in the community and for her daughters, which she balances alongside her success as an Indigenous business woman.

First Languages forum in Rockhampton

Rockhampton’s Dreamtime Centre came alive with Australia’s ancient languages as part of the Binbi Wadyabay: Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Forum on 16-17 May 2018.

Queensland has the nation's second largest Indigenous population and the two-day forum will support the development of a whole of-government language policy to keep culture and language strong.

The forum was opened by Durumbal Elders and participants came from across the state to ensure their voices were heard in decision-making, discussions and policies around their languages.

DATSIP acknowledges the continued historical suppression of culture and language on First Nations people and are committed to supporting communities reclaim and revive the ancient languages of their ancestors.

Palm Island Centenary celebrates the future

One hundred years on from the forced placement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on Palm Island, the community continues to demonstrate remarkable strength, resilience and positive vision for the future.

Residents celebrated the Palm Island Centenary and beyond at the 'Deadly Futures' event on June 7 and 8. The event focused on the next generations and the next 100 years for the community.

The Palm Island Centenary ‘Deadly Futures’ event included “Conversations with…”, an event that brought together young people from Palm Island and Townsville with inspiring Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders in a casual conversation, including the opportunity to talk about future aspirations.

The Deadly Futures Healthy Sports Carnival was also held as part of the celebrations. The carnival promoted healthy habits and a healthy future for the people of Palm Island including a finale of traditional dancing and contemporary musicians for visiting and local teams to enjoy.

Palm Island’s Deadly Futures Centenary event created excitement for the future while preserving the island’s diverse traditions and cultures.

The Queensland Government proudly contributed funding towards the Palm Island Centenary – a series of events reflecting on the past, present and future including the Deadly Didge n Dance Festival, world-record attempts and showcases of art, culture and tradition.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women in Construction

Participants from Transport and Main Roads’ Women in Construction Program.

Transport and Main Roads’ Women in Construction program takes women with limited or no previous exposure to construction through an intensive four-week program which equips them with the knowledge, experience and support to start a career in the construction industry.

The pilot program started in October 2017 with a group of five candidates, who are all now working for TMR’s RoadTek branch.

Following last year’s successful pilot, a second cohort of nine candidates were accepted in February, including five Indigenous women, and have joined RoadTek’s Brisbane and Sunshine Coast depots.

The program is providing a pathway to join the industry and will create opportunities women to build a rewarding career in construction into the future.

NAIDOC Week fast approaching

Under the theme of ‘Because of her we can’ - NAIDOC Week 2018 will be held nationally from Sunday 8 July to Sunday 15 July.

Aboriginal women and Torres Strait Islander women are often seen as the backbone of their communities and pillars of our society. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play – active and significant roles at the community, local, state and national levels.

Their achievements, their voice, and their unwavering passion give us strength and have empowered past generations, paving the way for generations to come.

You can check out the list of NAIDOC events happening across Queensland at the DATSIP events calendar.

Travelling the Reform Roadmap

It’s been five years since the Queensland Child Protection Commission (QFCC) of Inquiry handed its final report to the Queensland Government recommending a fundamental shift in the way government, non-government and community works with vulnerable children and families.

Travelling the Reform Roadmap is a new initiative by the QFCC that showcases the significant milestones reached as part of this reform program to keep children and young people safe, cared for and supported to reach their full potential. It’s a celebration of the achievements and successes, and highlights stories from some of the people involved with and impacted by the reforms.

The QFCC wants Queensland’s child and family support system to be the best it can be and support the continuous improvement initiatives by working with the sector in all of its oversight, evaluation and research activities.

To find out more go to the QFCC website.

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