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  1. Arts

    Simon & Schuster publishes Anita Heiss' novel, Bila Yarrudhang-galang-dhuray (River of Dreams in Wiradjuri), believed to be the first title of any commercial Australian novel appearing solely in an Aboriginal language.

  2. Politics

    Wiradjuri woman Yvonne Weldon announces to run for the Lord Mayor of Sydney, making her the first Aboriginal person to run for the position. The election will be in December.

  3. Treaty

    The First People's Assembly of Victoria establishes the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission, the first truth-telling body in Australia. It is independent of both government and the Assembly. Yoo-rrook means ‘truth’ in the Wemba Wemba / Wamba Wamba language, which is spoken in the north-west region of Victoria.

  4. Arts

    Gamilaroi artist Travis De Vries claims to have created the first Aboriginal non-fungible token (NFT) with his artwork Tear it Down (Cook Falling). He offers it for 1770 Tezos (tez) coins, a digital currency.

  5. Recognition

    Exactly four years after it was released, the Uluru Statement from the Heart is awarded the Sydney peace prize for 2021. The judging panel said the Uluru statement was a “powerful and historic offering of peace” and a “clear and comprehensive agenda for healing and peace within our nation”.

  6. Arts

    For the first time in its 25-year history, the international Australian Fashion Week (31 May – 4 June) opens with a Welcome to Country and features two Aboriginal runways with an all-Aboriginal cast and all-Aboriginal designers, curated by Aboriginal people (runway 1: First Nations Fashion and Design (FNFD), runway 2: Indigenous Fashion Projects (IFP)).

    For a long time we've been associated with $4.99 boomerangs. No more please. We are luxury. It is an ancient, beautiful culture that has such depth and beauty.

    — Amanda Healy, Wonnarua woman, CEO of Kirrikin (Indigenous Fashion Project)

  7. Treaty

    The Queensland government establishes a $300 million Path to Treaty Fund. It plans to use its returns "to progress Queensland’s Path to Treaty and support the Government’s response to the Treaty Advancement Committee report" which it received on 12 October 2021.

  8. Treaty

    The Tasmanian government vows to take further steps towards reconciliation with the island state's First Nations community, including a truth-telling process and working on a pathway to treaty.

  9. After 40 years of fighting for recognition of their traditional ownership over the Jabiru township, on the eastern side of Kakadu National Park, NT, the Mirarr people received freehold title over the town, the first of its kind in Australia. Jabiru was built in 1978 on Crown Land without the involvement of traditional custodians to service the controversial Ranger uranium mine, majority-owned by Rio Tinto.

  10. The ABC’s current affairs program 7.30 starts using Aboriginal place names when it introduces places on its program to improve representation of the Aboriginal community in its programming and make the public use more frequently Aboriginal names, voices and languages. The names are shown on the straps across the screen that appear in the news and sit alongside the official government name for cities and towns.

  11. Recognition

    Australia Post launches new packaging with a dedicated space for traditional Aboriginal place names above the street address, following up on an update to their addressing guidelines in November 2020. The new parcel post designs and express post satchels also include an Acknowledgment of Country.

  12. Arts Stamps
    One stamp shows the sculpture of a barking dog, the other a funnel made of woven grass.
    The works of Lex Namponan and Yvonne Koolmatrie show contemporary Aboriginal art.

    In its Australian Contemporary Sculpture issue, Australia Post shows one artwork of Lex Namponan, a Wik man from Aurukun, QLD, who is renown for his milkwood sculptures of camp dogs. The dog is a sacred totem for the clan, and his works, such as the laughing Smiley Blue Eye, combine cultural significance with popular market appeal. The other artwork is from Yvonne Koolmatrie, a Ngarrindjeri woman from South Australia. She is a master grass weaver, and her wide-ranging subjects include animals, human figures, planes and hot-air balloons, as well as traditional objects such as Eel trap, featured on the stamp.

  13. Sport

    Ngarigo woman Ashleigh Barty wins the Wimbledon Grand Slam, the second Australian and Aboriginal woman to do so, exactly 50 years after Evonne Goolagong Cawley's first win in 1971. Ash beats Czech player Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-7, 6-3.

  14. Sport

    Basketballer Patty Mills, a Kokatha, Naghiralgal and Dauareb-Meriam man, becomes Australia’s first Aboriginal flagbearer at an Olympics opening ceremony at the 32nd Olympic Games, held with one year delay (due to the corona virus pandemic) in Tokyo, Japan.

  15. The Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory promise to compensate survivors of the Stolen Generations with up to $75,000 each for the suffering inflicted on them by forcibly removing them from their families, after the federal government no longer opposes a compensation scheme.

  16. Arts

    Artist and Pitjantjatara man Timo Hogan wins the 2021 Telstra Art Award in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Australia's longest-running Aboriginal art awards, with his painting ‘Lake Baker’ which depicts a creation story related to this sacred place.

  17. Politics

    Former Western Australian treasurer and Yamatji man Ben Wyatt joins Rio Tinto as the first Aboriginal member of its board of directors, which follows the company's disastrous destruction of the Juukan Caves in 2020, which Wyatt approved in 2013.

  18. 26-year-old Noongar-Yamatji woman Brooke Blurton becomes the inaugural First Nations woman on Channel Ten's TV show The Bachelorette. She previously appeared on The Bachelor in 2018 and Bachelor in Paradise in 2019. Brooke also identifies as part of the LGBTQIA+ community.

  19. Arts

    Actor and Yolngu man David Dalaithngu (AM), as his family whats him to be known now, dies aged 68 after a long fight with lung cancer. He starred in movies like, among others, Walkabout (1971), Storm Boy (1976), Crocodile Dundee (1986), Rabbit Proof Fence (2002), The Tracker (2002), Ten Canoes (2006), Charlie’s Country (2013) and My Name is Gulpilil (2021).

    David Dalaithngu was more than just Australia’s first great Indigenous actor. He was one of the country’s finest actors from any culture at any time.

    — Sydney Morning Herald
  20. Politics

    Almost 150 First Nations people are running for council positions in the NSW election.


View article sources (4)

[1] 'Uluru Statement from the Heart awarded 2021 Sydney peace prize', The Guardian 21/5/2021
[2] 'First ever all-black shows: Australian Fashion Week showcases Indigenous talent – video', The Guardian 5/6/2021
[3] 'Budget connects language, culture and Treaty in Queensland', Queensland government media statement 15/6/2021
[4] 'A ‘rock star’ trailblazer who was an inspiration for Indigenous actors and filmmakers', SMH 30/11/2021

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