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Yabun 2009 - Monday January 26. 10 am – 6.30pm

YABUN 2009 Celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures - Victoria Park, Broadway, Monday January 26. With a dynamic program that brings politics, art and craft, literature, music and lots of activities for kids together, Yabun is shaping up to be bigger and better in 2009. Back at Victoria Park for the third year, Yabun has grown into the space and promises to deliver a dynamic and exciting day for all the family.

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Jan 27, 2009
from 12:30 AM to 10:30 AM


Victoria Park, Broadway

Contact Phone

02 9384 4000

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The Inaugural Kevin Cook Lecture 8.30am- 9.00am

Bev Manton - the first elected female Chairperson of the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council - will deliver the inaugural Kevin Cook Lecture.

Named after Kevin Cook - the first Chairperson of NSWALC and the former General Secreatry of Tranby Aboriginal College - the lecture calls for open debate and frank discussions on changing the date of Australia Day from January 26.

Ms Manton will also formally launch the newly formed Aboriginal Coalition of NSW Organisations.

Panel 1 If Obama Can, Can We? - 11.15 am – 12.15

With the historical election of the first black President in the United States of America, hopes soared for other marginalised people of the world. In Australia, Aboriginal people mostly expressed their delight at the win but will it have any influence on our lives?

We ask three prominent Aboriginal people what they think of the President Elect and what it means for Indigenous people not only in Australia but internationally. We also hear their thoughts on whether Australia will have an Aboriginal Prime Minister in the very near future?

Speakers: Jacki Huggins, Larissa Behrendt, Lindon Coombes

Panel 2 The Big Picture? - 1.15-2.15pm

When the Prime Minister made the Apology in February, there was an air of anticipation that the government would take a better approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs. What do Aborigines think? Have things changed? Where will our people be in a few years time? What are the most pressing issues for Kooris, Murris and Gooris in NSW?

Speakers: Monica Morgan, Barbara Flick, Lee Willis

Panel 3 Keepin’ Culture in Sydney - 2.45- 3.45pm

It’s now been 220 years since European settlement began in Sydney (and Australia) and a lot has changed. The biggest city in Australia has undergone major changes in its landscape and demographics but what about its original people and their cultures? What has become of the Aborigine in Sydney? How do we keep our presence and keep our culture?

Speakers: Shane Phillips, Rob Welsh, Athena Mumbulla

YABUN 2009 Mainstage program

12.00     Chairperson/MC’s address

12.05     Aunty Wendy

12.30     Marlene Cummins

1.00        Dwayne Everett

1.15        Casey Donovan

1.45        Tjimba and the Young Warriors

2.15        Nadeena Dixon

2.35        Young Stunnaz

3.00        Young Black and Deadly

3.12        Kev Carmody

3.35        Kevin Kropenyeri

4.00        Glen Skuthorpe

4.30        Shelly Atkins

5.00        Zennith

5.30        Cindy Drummond

6.00        Vic Simms

6.30        FINISH

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