NSWTOx Indigenous

A blog to share information & resources for Outreachers developing & delivering services & programs for Australian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Powered by Blogger

Friday, August 12


Aboriginal Flag
The Aboriginal flag was designed by Harold Thomas, a Luritja man from Central Australia. It was created as a symbol of unity and national identity for Aboriginal people during the land rights movement of the early 1970s. The flag was first flown at Victoria Square in Adelaide on National Aborigines Day, 12 July 1971. The flag was adopted nationally by Aboriginal FlagAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in 1972. The symbolic meanings of the flag colours are:
* Black: Represents the Aboriginal people of Australia.
* Red: Represents the red earth, the red ochre and a spiritual relation to the land.
* Yellow: Represents the Sun, the giver of life and protector.

Click here to download your image to save to your computer.

Torres Strait Island Flag
The Torres Strait Islander Flag was created as a symbol of unity and identity for Torres Strait Islander peoples and was designed by the late Bernard Namok from Thursday Island. It was the winning entry from a design competition in 1992 held as part of a Cultural Revival Workshop, organised by The Islands Coordinating Council. It was given equal prominence with the Aboriginal flag and in 1995 it was recognised by the Australian Government as an official 'Flag of Australia'. Each part of the flag is designed to represent something about Torres Strait Island culture:
* Green: Represents the landTorres Strait Island Flag
* Blue: Represents the sea
* White: Represents peace
* Black: Represents the Indigenous peoples
The dhari (headdress) represents Torres Strait Island people.
The five pointed star represents the 5 major Island groups and also represents navigation, as a symbol of the seafaring culture of the Torres Strait.

Seaman Dan
Did you miss the Messagestick episode on Seaman Dan, the Torres Strait Islander singer/songwritier who launched his first CD at the early age of 70? Well now u can catch all the goss by clicking on this link.

Seaman Dan on 666 Afternoons
Review of Steady, Steady
Launch of Listen Up: Music of Black Australia
Vibe chats with Seaman Dan
Buy the CD Steady Steady HMV or at Vidz of Oz

Fact Sheets by Aboriginal Affairs - These fact sheets are produced by the NSW Department Of Aboriginal Affairs and cover the following topics: Introducing Indigenous Australia, Health, Education, Law & Justice, Stolen Generations, NSW Government Response (to the Stolen Generations), A Comparison of Land Rights and Native Title in NSW, An Overview of History, The NSW Government Commitment to Aboriginal People and Reconciliation.

Lore of the Land
This is a great website which seeks to reconcile spirit and place in Australia's story. It also is a mad place for teaching tools for age groups. It offers visitors the opportunity to explore and discover the richness of Australia's history, the beauty of its geography and the voices of its people giving expression to their love of this land we all share and each call home.

Who Are Indigenous Australians?
This information was put together by Diversity@work.

Tuesday, August 2


Dust Echos
This mob here have turn five Indigenous stories into an animated TV series and website that appeals to kids of just about any age. ABC has done well to represent Indigenous Australia authentically, sensitively, and respectfully and for the whole thing to be visually and musically at the cutting edge.

They have included lesson plans, games, goodies, links and info about the creators.

(Note: Thanks Jude)