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Statement from Vicki Nicholson-Brown April 28, 2006

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You will remember the Camp Sovereignty statement on Monday regarding the Government decision to suspend the 48 Aboriginal Cultural Heritatge Inspectors in Victoria. One of those Inspectors Vicki Nicholson-Brown (who is innapropriately being blamed for this decision), released her own statement today. Camp Sovereignty thanks Vicki for her strength and determination to stand up for what is right. In particular, Vicki's determination to uphold the right of all Aboriginal People to make their own determinations on what is Aboriginal culture and heritage.

Here is Vicki's statement: (more…)

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Happy 50th! Supporters Update 28th April April 28, 2006

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Yes – this Sunday is 50 days at Camp Sovereignty!

With the countdown to the Injunction Deadline, lets make the most of this sovereign land. The Anzac Day commemorations were a unifying event with about 200 there at the peak and over 500 people visiting over the
day. There were about 11 different mobs given sacred ashes to keep the fire burning for indigenous culture throughout the nations (including Torres Strait). (more…)

Genocide, Sovereignty and Treaty April 27, 2006

Posted by campsovereignty in Analysis, Camp News, Facts.
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While most of the press you will see about Camp Sovereignty is focussed on the superficial issues, there are of course some deep issues that Camp Sovereignty is there to talk about, and make moves towards reconciling. Most significantly is the issue of jurisdiction (thus the name Camp Sovereignty).

Below is a piece complied by one of our supporters containing information provided by Robbie Thorpe, who probably knows more about the legal and constitutional issues surrounding Australia’s history than anyone else. We hope you read this piece and learn a bit more about the historical reasons that Camp Sovereignty was set up, and why it is still there, keeping the Fire and the Spirit alive! (more…)

The Fire keeps spreading.. April 27, 2006

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Today a group from Framlingham representing the Tjapwhurrong People will be at Camp Sovereignty to collect ashes from the Sacred Fire to take back to their land and their people.  The Warrnambool Standard has a story on it here.

And Ringo has taken the fire out to Dandennong today.  It is understood from our on the spot reporters that the Sacred Fire will be taken to the Aboriginal Co-op out there while positive negotiations are taking place with the local council as to the long-term management of the Sacred Fire.

All this on top of the people from the Murray River, Yorta Yorta, the Grampians and the Torres Strait, just to name a few who took ashes from the fire on Tuesday.

The Sacred Fire spreads, so does the Healing and the Spirit! 

Stephen Hagan on Camp Sovereignty April 26, 2006

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Some of you who have been supporters of Camp Sovereignty for a while now might remember Stephen Hagan who launched his book "Australia's Blackest Sporting Moments: The Top 100" (which we highly recommend reading!) at Camp during the first couple of days that we were there.

Stephen is an excellent writer and has written a piece on his experience at Camp Sovereignty, including some wonderful insights into our Fire Keeper, Robert Corowa. This piece is primarily a discussion about Stephen's experiences of coming to melbourne for two very different types of Indigenous gatherings and contains some really interesting discussion.

Check it out.

ANZAC Day at Camp Sovereignty April 25, 2006

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SACRED FIRE SMOKING CEREMONY AT CAMP SOVEREIGNTY TO HONOR THE SPIRITS OF AUSTRALIA’S INDIGENOUS WAR HEROES

TUESDAY APRIL 25 2006

 

REMEMBERING OUR ANCESTORS

RECOGNISING OUR LAW

RE INSTITUTING OUR CULTURE

 

As Australia commemorates ANZAC Day, Camp Sovereignty supporters will also remember the Indigenous soldiers who fought and fell in World War battles across history. Community Elders invite peaceful public participation in the Sacred Fire Smoking Ceremony at Camp Sovereignty this Tuesday at dawn and 12.30pm. (more…)

Message to Aboriginal Victorians: The Government Knows Best April 24, 2006

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Camp Sovereignty representatives today condemned the decision by the State Government to suspend forty eight cultural heritage inspectors and remove the ability of inspectors or magistrates who can make emergency declarations of cultural significance. (more…)

Camp Sovereignty ANZAC Day update April 24, 2006

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Anzac Day – supporters are asked to attend Camp Sovereignty's Sacred Fire at either (or all) of three times –

6am Service – to remember the forgotten indigenous heroes of past wars. This is a time for healing and ask that all supporters are to attend with peace in mind. We don't expect any trouble from the Anzacs. It has been asked that people don't camp as we don't want to cloud the important issues to be discussed on the day. (more…)

An interesting article in the Age April 24, 2006

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Ben Haywood has put together a piece called "Fiery Debate" which was in yesterday's paper (we think).

It is an attempt to draw together some of the facts of what has been going on at Camp Sovereignty, which is nice to see, although some of the facts aren't quite the truth. (more…)

“There’s something going on, and you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Bolt.” April 23, 2006

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"The following is a letter I wrote the Herald Sun Editors recently in response to a ridiculously inflamatory article written by their arch-conservative Andrew Bolt about Camp Sovereignty. "

So says Tim over at Undergrowth. Check out the rest of the post to see his brilliant response to the crap from Andrew Bolt.

For those of you who don't know Tim, he's the one that with Krusty put together the fantastic doco on the Black GST.  If you haven't seen it yet, check it out!