Monday, August 8, 2022



Indigenous science experience at Redfern – celebrating Indigenous and Western science

The Indigenous Science Experience at Redfern Community Centre is on Saturday, August 20. This free, community open event is a celebration of Indigenous and Western science and highlights the relevance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to our everyday lives.

Reimagined Garden Social celebrates First Nations artists and cultures

The Garden Social returns reimagined for an extended weekend celebration of First Nations artists and cultures in The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney from August...

NCIE rally urges community consultation

A huge crowd gathered on August 2 to hear from local Elders and others about the closure of National Centre of Indigenous Excellence announced after the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation failed to reach an agreement with the NSW Aboriginal Land Council on the Redfern hub’s future.

Blak Markets find a home at The Rocks

Blak Markets is pleased to have found a regular...

Volunteers rejuvenate PCYC gym space

Habitat for Humanity volunteers have dedicated a week’s worth...

Vivid images

Lighting of the Sails, 12th Vivid Sydney, June 2022. The...

NAIDOC Week tenant art exhibition inspires

Local photographer Paul Bramble snapped this wonderful image of...

Redfern launch of smoke- and vape-free pregnancy campaign

The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence will host the launch of the Talking About Tobacco Use Team’s outdoor media campaign to raise awareness and advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples smoke- and vape-free pregnancy.

Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme closes soon – help to apply

In this Q&A, Maureen Randall from Redfern Legal Centre...

Chippendale local SJ Norman wins 67th Blake Prize

Sydney artist and Chippendale local, SJ Norman, has won...

Remembering Terry (1970-2021)

The memorial service for Terry James Irving (17/6/1970–10/6/2021) at the Park Café on Chalmers, February 15, included spoken and musical tributes, tears and laughter. Those who knew him best remember a proud Bundjalung man, fiercely loyal, quick-witted – a lover of animals, music and painting.

At What Cost?

In At What Cost? writer Nathan Maynard addresses hard truths from Tasmania’s past that must be told. It also tackles vexatious issues of the Australian post-colonial present.

Yabun – in person and online

This year marked the 20th anniversary of Yabun (“song with a beat”), the largest one-day celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in Australia.

Blak & Blu art award draws passionate responses

Blak & Blu art award for ink on A4 paper showed just how passionate the artists who entered are about social justice said judge and multiple Archibald Prize Finalist Kathrin Longhurst.

This is the moment to seize

Jacob Nash’s large-scale artwork Future Dreaming – in which HOPE faces CHANGE – calls for urgent social, political and cultural change ... now.

Excellence awards for Pemulwuy

Since the Community Social Plan developed back in 2000 by Angie Pitts for the Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) redevelopment of The Block won the International 2004 Crime Prevention Through Environment Design Innovation Award, the Pemulwuy Project has continued to win awards for its innovations in providing a financially self-sustainable way to provide Aboriginal affordable housing.

Local businessman gives back, boosts storytelling

A successful businessman who grew up in Redfern community...

Local artists express community concerns

The inaugural Blak & Blu art award for ink on A4 paper nears its official launch on December 11, 2-4pm, at the Orchard Gallery in Waterloo.

Albert Namatjira

Vincent Namatjira was 18 when he returned from being fostered in Perth to live with extended family in the desert in Ntaria (Hermannsburg) in the Northern Territory. It was here that he learned he was the great-grandson of the famous Albert Namatjira. ...

Blak Markets back live on December 5

Blak Markets is back live on Bare Island on...

Student writing lights up Redfern

This week Story Factory is lighting up Redfern Street...

Wudjang: Not the Past reclaiming the future

Directed and choreographed by Bangarra’s artistic director and national treasure, Stephen Page, and co-written by award-winning playwright, Alana Valentine, Wudjang: Not the Past promises to be a breath-taking theatrical experience.

New harbour walk and artworks honour Aboriginal history and culture

Wiradjuri curator Emily McDaniel has won an inaugural Committee...

Waking up the snake – building a coalition for hope

“Waking up the snake – a coalition for hope”,...

A History of My Brief Body

Situated in the context of other seminal queer texts, these pieces are a “kind of memoir”, Belcourt writes, that “stretch well beyond the boundaries my personal life”.

Flock: First Nations Stories Then and Now

Award-winning author Ellen van Neerven has gathered a bumper crop of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories in Flock.

Indigenous Science Experience goes online for everyone in 2021

Founder of the first ever all Aboriginal boomerang team...

 ‘I hope the book will reach kids like me’

The Boy from the Mish is both a classic coming of age novel and an unusual book.

The Boy from the Mish

The Boy from the Mish is both a classic coming of age novel and an unusual book.

Kinchela boys reclaim their education

A landmark literacy program run by TAFE NSW is helping...

Heal Country! calls us all to connect, respect and redress

It’s NAIDOC week and the theme Heal Country! calls...

Campaign launched to build Australia’s first truth telling museum

Not-for-profit Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation (KBHAC) and bus company...

Women’s Reconciliation Network calls for spirited action

“The re-birthing of the Spirit spearheading women into action...

Pemulwuy – ‘Col would be truly proud’

In the lead up to Reconciliation Week, Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) CEO Michael Mundine and General Manager Lani Tuitavake took Karine Shellshear on a tour of the student housing, named in honour of her late husband, which has underwritten the financing of the Pemulwuy Project.

Stolen Generations’ film broaches intergenerational trauma

The trauma inflicted on the Stolen Generations also affects...

Sorry? Then let’s fix it

Apologies are hollow if you keep doing the very...

Investment needed in Aboriginal and social housing

The Redfern Waterloo Aboriginal Affordable Housing Campaign has renewed...

Lofty lifts off – an interview with Helen Milroy

Western Australian of the Year, Dr Helen Milroy, has written and illustrated The Emu Who Ran Through the Sky, released in April, an exciting story for 5-10 year-olds about working together and finding the courage to be different.

Renewal of mural on Eveleigh St

REDFERN: The “Welcome to The Block” mural on Eveleigh Street has been renewed and looks great as part of the Pemulwuy development.

Vale Pruny

REDFERN: On Friday March 12, many of the Redfern...

‘Conversations with Margaret Preston’

ZETLAND: In its second major show of the year,...

Bindi encourages care for Country – an interview with Kirli Saunders

Kirli Saunders wrote Bindi as a call to action for young people to understand their role in conservation and caring for Country.

An unveiling

Keith Gordon Douglass, a proud Gamilaroi man, a member of the Stolen Generation and a Forgotten Australian, has invited the SSH to join him for a memorial – the unveiling of a headstone to honour his father, Gordon Laurence Douglass, buried 70 years in an unmarked grave.

Pemulwuy – new building manager onboard

Gadigal man Gary Ward – better known locally as “Gaz” – commenced his job as the Pemulwuy Project’s Building Manager in December 2020.

Yabun 2021 – leading the way

GADIGAL LAND: Congratulations to Koori Radio 93.7FM, organisers and...

End racism for the good of all

Several recent events can remind us all of racism....

Yellamundie Festival – Opening Night

This year’s biennial and fifth Yellamundie Festival, a unique platform for the identification, development and presentation of First Peoples stories, opened up submissions to composers and choreographers.


The award-winning documentary Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra celebrates the impressive rise of the Bangarra Dance Theatre Company over 30 years from humble beginnings to international fame.

Pemulwuy – welcoming tenants

As we near completion of our affordable housing, landscaping and civil works teams have been busy installing new roads, paving and gardens.

Aboriginal housing built and set to let

REDFERN: The Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) has delivered on...

House names changed to honour Indigenous heritage

Leading First Nations artists, Tony Albert, Blak Douglas, Thea Perkins and Nicole Monks worked with Bourke St Public School (BSPS), parents, and Elder Uncle Jimmy Smith, to create new Aboriginal school house names and symbols unveiled during NAIDOC week in November.