Aboriginal people managing Aboriginal Art
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Please support Aboriginal management of Aboriginal Culture and lobby for Aboriginal Curators and other staff to be employed in all areas of the Gold Coast Arts Centre, and the Commonwealth Games Arts and Cultural program.
Although the Arts Centre Gold Coast has not ever employed an Aboriginal Curator, we now applaud them for creating its first ever "First Nations Coordinator" position, and thank the Commonwealth Games for this impetus. However, The Art Centre Gold Coast "First Nations" Art Coordinator is not currently filled by an Aboriginal curator from Australia, but is taken up by a Maori from New Zealand. This is culturally and ethically wrong, for a Maori to speak on behalf of Aboriginal people, and take an identified Aboriginal position, and the support that it entails (propped up by the gallery - while at the same time they block authentic Aboriginal artists and curators voices). It is also unnecessary because there are qualified, experienced and knowledgeable Aboriginal curators being blocked from this position.
The Commonwealth Games visitors deserve Authentic Aboriginal cultural experiences and employing Aboriginal Curators is also useful to the economy. It is unheard of to have a position titled "First Nations", that is not actually assigned to an Indigenous Australian person. Similarly, it is unheard of in other countries, like New Zealand, and would not be tolerated.
This is particularly important and timely now because the Commonwealth Games is coming up at the Gold Coast and we do not want Aboriginal people to be excluded like this while the world is watching.
Please stop the continued assault of enacting Cultural Apartheid in Queensland, and act to ensure fair and reasonable representation of Australias First People, particularly locals of the Gold Coast.
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