First people then and now

Is It Cultural Appropriation or Inspiration?

Indigenous activists in Canada have forced the cancellation of an art show in Toronto that drew direct inspiration from indigenous art. Six years ago, the Canadian painter Amanda PL traveled to Thunder Bay in Ontario to study art education at Lakehead University. There, she became entranced with a lush, surrealistic form of Anishinabe painting known as…

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Oldest Evidence of Life on Land Found in 3.48 Billion-Year-Old Australian Rocks

TEHRAN (FNA)- Fossils discovered in ancient hot spring deposits in the Pilbara have pushed back by 580 million years the earliest known evidence for microbial life on land. Previously, the world’s oldest evidence for microbial life on land came from 2.7- 2.9 billion-year-old deposits in South Africa containing organic matter-rich ancient soils. “Our exciting findings don’t…

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National Sorry Day

First People Then And Now   Sorry Day   Sorry Day in Australia is 26 May. This year the 2017 Sorry Day marks two decades since The Bringing Them Home Report from tabled.   The Bringing Them Home report  which was the result of the enquiry into the Stolen Generation concluded that between one in three and one in ten […]

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What Is The Stolen Generation?

First People Then And Now What is the Stolen Generation? Stolen Generation or Stolen Generations is the name given to those children of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent who were taken away from their families and communities by Federal and State government officials, missionaries, and welfare bodies. These children were put into institutions or were…

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Gallery Cancels Exhibit Because of Artist’s Cultural Appropriation

(Image source: Facebook) A Toronto art gallery canceled a planned exhibit after the artist was accused of committing “cultural genocide” against Indigenous people. CBC News Toronto reports that Visions Gallery canceled their planned exhibit showcasing artist Amanda LP’s work after receiving backlash from people claiming she was culturally appropriating Aboriginal culture. PL’s art, which draws inspiration…

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What Is The Stolen Generation?

First People Then And Now What is the Stolen Generation?     Stolen Generation or Stolen Generations is the name given to those children of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent who were taken away from their families and communities by Federal and State government officials, missionaries, and welfare bodies.  These children were put into institutions or were fostered or […]

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Aboriginal and indigenous people in Australia

Sydney (dpa) – More than 600 different Aboriginal clans or ‘nations’ existed on the continent of Australia for at least 50,000 years before European settlement, the Australian government says. Since British colonization in the 1770s on Australia as terra nullius (‘nobody’s land’ in Latin), the resident Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples faced a war of…

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UN: Australia’s Indigenous Aid Program ‘Wasteful’

TEHRAN (FNA)- A United Nations official said on Monday that Australia’s effort to improve the lives of its impoverished indigenous population is being undermined by a centralized, bureaucratic aid program delivered in sometimes culturally inappropriate ways. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians rank near the bottom of every social and economic indicator, which exacerbates tension in…

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