Tasmania Examiner: Australian first historical website to illuminate Tasmania’s Indigenous history

Tasmania Examiner: Australian first historical website to illuminate Tasmania’s Indigenous history. “[The site] was believed to be the first site of its kind in Australia and tells the history of the Stoney Creek people who lived in the Tamar Valley for a thousand generations. The website was developed by historian and academic Dr Michael Powell and Indigenous historian Dr Aunty Patsy Cameron. More than 30 Indigenous and non-Indigenous academics, scholars and community members also contributed to the website.

TimesColonist: First Nations win access to archives of Sisters of St. Ann

TimesColonist: First Nations win access to archives of Sisters of St. Ann. “First Nations have won access to the private archives of the Sisters of St. Ann, an order of Catholic nuns that ran four residential schools, including the Kamloops Indian Residential School. The Royal B.C. Museum said Wednesday it had signed a memorandum of agreement with the Sisters of St. Ann to provide access to the order’s archives to the museum and to the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at UBC.”

Ricochet: Catholic Church residential school records belong to survivors and their families

Ricochet: Catholic Church residential school records belong to survivors and their families. “Beyond base self-preservation, we can imagine Church administrators assure themselves behind closed doors that the decision to keep the records private is morally defensible. Thorny issues of privacy and confidentiality, and the terrifying (if unsubstantiated) prospect of mob justice enacted upon named perpetrators, may foster a paternalistic desire to keep documents hidden. Better to keep the door locked than to expose survivors and staff alike to an onslaught of public scrutiny. But this is not a morally defensible position. These records belong to the people about whom they were written: residential school survivors and their families.”

Dominion Energy: $500k Grant from Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation to Support Virginia HBCU Humanities Research

Dominion Energy: $500k Grant from Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation to Support Virginia HBCU Humanities Research. “Virginia Humanities announced a $500,000 grant from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation to help support research by Black and Indigenous scholars, and other scholars of color who are affiliated with Virginia’s historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), including their alumni outside Virginia and at non-HBCU institutions.”

Save the Children: Our Yarning – An Aboriginal Library Collection Bringing Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Stories To All Australians

Save the Children: Our Yarning – An Aboriginal Library Collection Bringing Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Stories To All Australians. “Library For All’s digital library is available for free via an app through Google Play. The app contains a unique, curated collection of high-quality children’s books developed by authors and illustrators across the globe. The books are age appropriate, culturally relevant and engaging for kids. The Our Yarning collection of Aboriginal books will also be available to all on the Library For All app. [Dr. Julie Owen] is optimistic about Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children having access to the collection through the app.

Monash University: New study finds ancient Australian Aboriginal memory tool superior to “memory palace” learning among medical students

Monash University: New study finds ancient Australian Aboriginal memory tool superior to “memory palace” learning among medical students. “The researchers found that the students who used the Aboriginal technique for remembering – ie a narrative plus locations from around the campus – were almost three times more likely to correctly remember the entire list than they were prior to training (odds ratio – 2.8). The students using the memory palace technique were about twice as likely to get a perfect score after training (2.1), while the control group improved by about 50% (1.5) over their pre-training performance.”

CBC: Instagram apology for MMIWG posts that disappeared is inadequate, advocate says

CBC: Instagram apology for MMIWG posts that disappeared is inadequate, advocate says. “Instagram issued an apology Thursday night after posts about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) disappeared on a day meant to raise awareness of the issue, but advocates say it doesn’t go far enough to address the harm that was done. ‘I really don’t think that Instagram has adequately addressed that feeling of silencing and erasure,’ said Emily Henderson, an Inuk arts and culture writer based out of Toronto.”

Mackay Regional Council (Australia): Artspace’s Collection Goes Digital

Mackay Regional Council (Australia): Artspace’s Collection Goes Digital. “Residents can now curate their own digital art exhibition from more than 620 works with the click of a mouse. The works, about half of the Mackay Regional Council Art Collection, have been made available through the Artspace Mackay online collection database and this will continue to be added to.” The collection includes contemporary indigenous art as well as ceramics and books.

Teen Vogue: Meet the Navajo Nation Skateboarder Going Viral on TikTok

Teen Vogue: Meet the Navajo Nation Skateboarder Going Viral on TikTok. “Naiomi Glasses, a Diné skateboarder in Navajo nation, happened upon a red sandstone slope to skate on — in her now-viral TikTok — by accident. ‘I live in the middle of nowhere and when I found that first sandstone, I was out looking for sheep. My grandma owns sheep and sometimes they get lost, and I thought the sandstone looked skate-able.’ With the nearest skatepark hours away, Naiomi resorted to turning the desert landscape into her own skatepark.”

Reuters: Indonesia’s map project ignores indigenous land, risks conflicts

Reuters: Indonesia’s map project ignores indigenous land, risks conflicts. “The One Map policy, rolled out a decade ago and meant to be completed by late 2020, aimed to merge 85 thematic maps of the sprawling archipelago’s 34 provinces into one map, with local communities involved to help settle conflicting claims. But to date, the One Map portal is only accessible to government authorities and does not include maps created by indigenous groups, said Rukka Sombolinggi, secretary general of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN).”

Scoop Culture: Website’s Digital Stories Highlight Care Of Dying Māori Kaumātua

Scoop Culture: Website’s Digital Stories Highlight Care Of Dying Māori Kaumātua. “A new website that focuses on Māori end of life experiences was launched today. Short films showcasing whānau care of kaumātua as they approach death will serve as a key focal point. The site is a response to concerns that Māori are losing knowledge of traditional end of life caregiving tikanga (customs).”

Found (and backed) on Kickstarter: Indigipedia. ca

Found (and backed) on Kickstarter: Indigipedia.ca. From the Kickstarter page: “The proposed development and creation of indigipedia.ca – the Indigenous Digital Encyclopedia is an opportunity to curate knowledge and write our own history to provide accessible knowledge, information, and resources with Indigenous communities and for allies. Through ease of access, we aim to return Indigenous knowledge to people who had it stolen from them, as well as share the knowledge with others who are eager to learn.”

CBC: Facebook phishing scams target Indigenous artists’ business pages

CBC: Facebook phishing scams target Indigenous artists’ business pages. “In addition to [Tara] Kiwenzie, CBC News found dozens of other Indigenous artists and businesses across the United States and Canada had been affected by the same scam in recent weeks. The fake accounts were reported to Facebook, but Kiwenzie and others said they were initially told the accounts did not violate the social media platform’s community standards.”