Aboriginal Australia, the Pacific, Asia & Latin America

This Gathering is taking place on Wurundjeri land. We give our respects to the Wurundjeri elders, past and present.

The Gathering aims to build bridges connecting our struggles, and strengthen solidarity, friendship and collaborations between indigenous and non-indigenous grassroots organisations throughout various regions of the world, especially where multinational corporations and military interventions are severely impacting  on indigenous lands and.
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Thursday 23 - Sunday 26 October 2008

Welcome and Fire Ceremony

Thursday 23 October, 6pm - 9pm
CERES - Community Environment Park
Lee Street, East Brunswick, Melbourne

Guest speakers:

Mick Edwards,
Marisol Salinas,
Duchol Welcoming, Wurundjerri country
Robbie Thorpe starting Fire ceremony
Larry Walsh,
Shiralee Hood,

Food and entertainment

Public Meeting

Friday 24 October @

Vitorian Trades Hall, Chambers Room
Cnr Victoria St & Lygon St, Carlton, Melbourne

Guest speakers from

Papua New Guinea,
Free West Papua
Elders, leaders and representatives from Australian First Nations from
Northern Terrytory, S.A., NSW and Victorian First Nations.

International Indigenous Solidarity Party/Conference/Gathering
Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October
(check program for more details www.latinlasnet.org/gathering/program.html)

from 10am All day at CERES Community Environment Park
Lee Street, East Brunswick
Plenaries, Discussions spaces, music, doco presentations, Party in the Park (CERES)

Elders, leaders, Activist and Aboriginals communities from Australasia and Latin America Attending to the Gathering:

Robbie Thorpe from the Krautungalung people of the Gunnai Nation - Victoria
Larry Walsh, Aboriginal Storyteller and Historian, a respected elder from Taungerong/Kulin Nation - Victoria
Barbara Shaw, resident of Mt Nancy Town Camp in Alice Springs, a prescribed area under the federal interventioninto NT Aboriginal communities.
Traditional Owners for the proposed nuclear waste dump site at Muckaty, NT
Dianne Stokes- a Traditional Owner of the Muckaty Land, NT
Mark Chungaloo-Muckaty Traditional owner living at Kalumpurpla community, NT
Gladys Brown- a Warumungu language interpreter and Muckaty Traditional owner from Kalumpurlpa community, NT
Mark Lane- Muckaty Traditional owner opposing the federal radioactive waste dump plan, NT
Jeanette Edwards- member of Lhere Artpepe Aboriginal Corporation, the Native Title holding body for Alice Springs.
Valerie Martin- Warlpiri language interpreter and community organiser, from Yuendumu community and
Kunoth town camp in Alice Springs.
Kevin Buzzacott- Uncle Kevin is an elder from the Arabunna nation in northern South Australia
Wayne Roderick Atkinson , Yorta -Yorta people (Victoria)
Marie Pewhairangi Te Kura Kaupapa Maori Aotearoa
Aunti Joy Murphy, Wurundjerri country - Victoria
Aunti Sue Charles Rankin, Kulin Nation
Shiralee Hood, Nyoongar Kurnai countries and born in Wurundjerri country - Victoria
Darren Bloomfield, a Traditional Owner of the Wiradjuri Nation
Ati Teepa Ngai Tuhoe, Aotearoa
Sina Brown-Davis, Ngati Whatua ki Kaipara
Sue Coleman-Haseldine; winner of the 2007 NRM Premiers Award and anti mining campaigner.
Wayne Haseldine, Ceduna cultural youth worker and conservation activist.
Mia & Jacinta Haseldine aged 15 & 16 are young kokatha women heavily involved in community activity.
Neville Chappy Williams, Uncle Chappy is a Wiradjuri Traditional Owner of Lake Cowal and the surrounding lands in central New South Wales
Jethro Tulin, Ipili, Papua New Guinea, Chief Executive Officer of the AKALI TANGE ASSOCIATION a Human Rights organization that deals with issues surrounding the Porgera mine in Enga province, Papua New Guinea.
Clive Porabou from Bougainville
Donny Roem, Free West Papua
Frederick Yawandare, Free West Papua
Eduarado Issa Flores, From Bolivia (National Coalition for the Defense of Workers Organisations, Water, Basic Services, Environment and Life)
Mery Moller de Salinas, from Bolivia (Leader of Indigeous and grassroots coalition in defence of Water).
Marcelo Chimbolema, CONAIE executive member, Indigenous Council of Ecuador
Gustavo Reyes, from CHILE, leader and grassroots activist from Indigenous and non-indigenous Coalition
"disturbing from the margin/exclude people"
Nelson Fonseca, Jaime Pinzon and Masio Armando Medina, From Colombia, Electric Servcie Union
Maria- Eugenia Guerrero, from CUBA, Sister of Antonio Guerrero one of the Cuban 5 freedom fighters political prisoners in USA.
and more in their way to Melbourne at CERES Environment Park, Lee St., East Brunswick...

-Images exhibition from Kokatha Mula custodians-

'NGALIGU MUNDA' - our land, Images from Kokatha Mula country.

Exhibiting Sat 25 & Sun 26 October: 10am -6pm
as part of the International Indigenous Solidarity Gathering

A rare and unique oppertunity to experience the beauty and culture of South Australia's Far West Mallee without
leaving Melbourne. This exhibition showcases the importance of country and culture through photography, art and film.

For generations Kokatha Mula custodians have cared for their pristine mallee woodlands, including rockholes, soaks and wildlife. The lands that cover the Yumbarra & Pureba Conservation parks and the Yellabinna Regional Reserve are ancient grounds for hunting, collecting bush medicine and upholding culture.

Presented by West Mallee Protection, an affiliate of Friends Of the Earth Australia.

Saturday October 25,

CERES, Lee St., East Brunswick:
From 10am - 6pm
Plenary/ discussions spaces (Gatherings), workshops, entertainment (music, movies, theatre), traditional food, stalls, Art exhibition.

The International Indigenous Solidarity Gathering Party,
Saturday 25 of October at CERES

With exiting peformaces:

7:10pm MAIN STAGE Shiralee.
7:30 SIDE STAGE Maori Dance Group and Sausal trditional Chilean Dance Group
8:00 MAIN Little G.
8:40 SIDE STAGE West Papua Dance Group.
9:00 MAIN STAGE Pataphysics.
9:40 SIDE STAGE Puharangi.
10:00 MAIN STAGE Culture Connect.

- Film Documentaries at the park, 7pm CERES Cafe area.-

Sunday October 26
CERES, Lee St., East Brunswick:
From 10:30am to 7pm - Plenary/ discussion spaces (Gatherings), workshops, entertainment (music, movies, theatre), traditional food, stalls, Art exhibition. Closing ceremony and Gathering resolutions 5-7pm.

Contacts and further information:
infogathering (at) latinlasnet.org

General Information Marisol 0413 597 315
Program, and Logistic: Lucho 0400 914 944 or Wendy 0417 688562
Media and Communication: Natalie 0421 226 200 or Juliet 0413 893 485
Fundraising Sub-committee: Marisol 0413 597315
Volunteer Coordinator: Rodrigo 0414 970 418 or Juliet 0413 893 485
Stall Coordinator: Anna 0439 891 832

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