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Sunday, June 26


Gadigal Information Service
Gadigal provides a community based media, arts and information service for the Indigenous community in Sydney. Gadigal grew out of a need for an Indigenous media organisation in the city as for many years the mainstream media has portrayed Indigenous Australians with negative stereotypes. It has established the renowned Koori Radio – Live and Deadly - Sydney's Indigenous community station. The station is on air on 93.7FM.

This is ABC's "online" commitment to Indigenous content and goes under the same name as its Indigenous program, Messagestick. It "is a tremendous resource for accessing information about the ABC's Indigenous production across Radio, Television and the Web. It offers direct links to all the ABC’s Indigenous programming and offers the opportunity for browsers to give feedback on any of these shows."

Gadigal Information Service
Gadigal Information Service is currently located in Marrickville and brings to us the most recent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander news and events from around the Sydney, regions, across the state, nationally and internationally on issues the relate to and effect Indigenous Peoples. What is great about Gadigal's service, is that they have a special link with the National Indigenous Times, that allows Gadigal to present news that is hard hitting and relevant to the Indigenous Australians and that of the broader community.

Koori Mail
The Koori Mail located in Lismore on the north coast of NSW endeavours to bring to you Indigenous issues. It has been recogonised as having the widest and largest distribution and has been operating since 1991 and issue a fornightly newspaper. These mob would love to hear your thoughts on Indigenous issues for publication as a Letter to the Editor or as a poem.

So if you have something to say personally about an Indigenous issue, or you want to let other blackfellas know what's happening around your campfire, contact us by phone (02) 6622 2666, fax (02) 6622 2600, snail mail (9 Molesworth Street, Lismore, NSW, 2480) or email: editor@koorimail.com.

Governments and Authorities

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC)
ATSIC is the elected arm of Indigenous representatives, consisting of 35 Regional Councils around Australia and a national Board of Commissioners; and an administration arm. Please note that ATSIC’s operations are now considerably diminished as a result of John Howard’s Government’s intention to abolish the Commission. Although, it is understood that the Government intends to support the continued operation of Regional Councils until 30 June 2005 and will advise communities on it’s new arrangements for providing Indigenous representation at the local and regional level.

Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA)
DAA is part of the NSW Government. It's role is to work with Aboriginal people, government agencies, and the private and community sectors to promote the interests of Aboriginal people in NSW and reduce the inequity they continue to experience as a result of colonisation.

Social Policy Division, Prime Minister and Cabinet
The Indigenous Policy branch works closely with the Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination within the Department of Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, on the implementation of the new arrangements for indigenous affairs. The branch provides the Secretariat for the Secretaries' Group on Indigenous Affairs which is chaired by the Secretary of PM&C and on which the Secretaries of the following departments sit: Immigration Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs , Family and Community Services , Health , Transport and Regional Services , Education Science and Training , Employment and Workplace Relations , Environment and Heritage , Communications Information Technology and the Arts and Attorney-General's .

Arts and Culture

Tjapukai showcases the culture of the rainforest people of Tropical North Queensland. Situated on 25 acres of land owned by the Tjapukai people at Caravonica, north of Cairns, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is a stunning theatrical interpretation of Aboriginal culture from the beginning of time into the future. Seven separate arenas allows you to experience every facet of the rainforest people’s culture - from the provocative History Theatre to the inspiring Creation Theatre, and the original Dance Theatre and the interactive Camp Village, where visitors can learn didgeridoo playing and boomerang throwing.

Boomalli Aboriginal Art Gallery
Boomalli is an Aboriginal arts organisation incorporated to promote Aboriginal culture and independence through the visual arts and is located in Leichhardt (Sydney).

Cultural Protocals
When it comes to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, have you ever had to think about "what should I do" or wonder what is the "right protocol" in inviting someone to do something. Well, I know of a few agencies that have developed protocols that guide staff through it all.

* Take for example the ABC network - cultural protocols and a whole lot more sensitive stuff is on their site. Click Here!

* The Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country: Guidelines and Protocols for DET document is a package of background information and advice about the best way for Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country ceremonies to be held as part of public school and TAFE Institute events. Click Here!

* The Australian Film Commission has developed protocols for filmmakers working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Click Here!

Australian Museum
This site explores Indigenous Australia through storytelling, cultures and histories. It includes Stories of the Dreaming, teachers' resources and content for students. You can also use this site to find out about the Indigenous Australia exhibition at the Australian Museum. Click Here!