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aboriginal

19 petitions

Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Natalie Hutchins, Leslie Williams, Peter Collier, Nigel Scullion, Kyam Maher, Curtis Pitt, Chris Bourke, TAS Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Will Hodgman

Stop importing fake Indigenous art

Even if we are not able to get a policy put in place, I hope that this petition sends a strong message to visitors to Australia: Please do not fund the fake Aboriginal art industry! When buying products that give the impression of Indigenous art, make sure your money is going to an Indigenous artist or organisation. This petition is to request a policy that will prevent the importation of products that are passed off as Indigenous-made and sold in Australia. The products I am talking about are mostly painted Boomerangs, key chains, bags with fake Aboriginal designs on them and even some painted canvases. Thousands of these products are sold every day to tourists in Australia. Some of them have removable labels or stickers stating where the product was made, some of them have no labels at all. Regardless of labeling or lack of, many of these foreign made products use iconic images and traditional painting styles that give consumers a false impression about the origin of the products. It may be hard to police the sale of non-genuine Aboriginal products in general but banning the import of products that mimic Indigenous art would go a long way in reducing the number of fakes on the market, given that most of them are foreign made. Such a ban would mean that anybody wanting to mass produce and sell fake Aboriginal products would have to make the product in Australia. This would severely reduce the profit margin, taking away the incentive for people to produce the fakes altogether. It would also leave the market open for genuine Indigenous art sales to thrive.

Myvanwy Moar
13,466 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Daniel Andrews

Compensation for the forgotten Stolen Gen members in Vic, before it's too late!

My name is Daria Atkinson and through my position as Bringing Them Home Worker at the Victorian Aboriginal health Service and from personal experience, I believe compensation is well overdue for members of the Stolen Generation.  It  is time to make things right with this forgotten group of people in Victoria who have suffered many traumas. Unfortunately, many Stolen Gen members may never see compensation, as they are an aging group. The Stolen Generations are in need of healing and reparation for the forced traumatic lifestyle, which not only they have lived but has been passed on to many generations after them….. and many more to come.       On the 26th of May, 2017 which was the 20th anniversary of the  Bringing Them Home (BTH) report, 350 Community members including Elders from the Stolen Generation gathered to commiserate, remember and acknowledge the suffering and survival. When you get a chance to have a yarn with a member of the Stolen Generation, you can here from them the pain is raw and their experience is still effecting them today. It's very emotional. Of the 54 recommendations made in the BTH report, only a very small number were implemented. In other states, Stolen Gen members have received compensation for being forcibly removed by government polices but, not in Victoria as yet! It's as if the Stolen Generation didn't happen here. This petition is a call to action to the Victorian Government  to address the ongoing effects of past removal policies in Victoria and the lack of implementation of recommendations to address the members of The Stolen Generations. Its time NOW, for our Victorian Elders to receive compensation. It will never take away the stress and trauma but would aid their healing process.   *Please note: We plan to present this petition to Daniel Andrews over dinner with members of the Stolen Generation.                     

Daria Atkinson
376 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Malcolm Turnbull

Stand with Traditional Owners: tell Turnbull to protect our sacred rivers

My Name is Brendan Kennedy. I’m a Tati Tati delegate of the Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations, or MLDRIN. MLDRIN is a confederation of Indigenous groups from across the lower Murray Darling Basin. We work together as a collective voice, arguing for the rights and interests Traditional Owners and our river Country. I was born in Robinvale on the banks of the mighty Murray River. What I’ve witnessed first hand over the years reflects what science shows – our rivers are struggling after decades of diversion, pollution and exploitation.  To Aboriginal people, water is more than just a commodity, it is a precious source of life that nourishes Country, culture and community. Aboriginal people have over 40,000 years of knowledge about freshwater ecosystems in this country. Our input is crucial to inform the decisions made about Australia’s most significant river system. I am asking Malcolm Turnbull to make sure his Government delivers the water that will sustain our river’s health and the health of all Aboriginal communities across the Basin. That means making sure the Basin Plan legally dedicates at least 3,200 GL of water to our rivers so they can flow with more natural cycles of flooding and drying. Malcolm Turnbull must listen to Traditional Owners and deliver the water that our rivers and communities need to be healthy. Sign the petition and support Traditional Owners in the Murray Darling Basin. 

MLDRIN
2,285 supporters