INDIGENOUS artists combined with current and alumni fashion designers from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) Fashion Incubator Program to steal much of the limelight at both the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and Australian Indigenous Fashion Week shows earlier this year.
The AKIN Collection was developed in conjunction with CEA’s Fashion Incubator designers and indigenous artists. The full collection was on show at Indigenous Fashion Week along with new work by Tatum Stanbury, recipient of CEA Indigenous Fashion Design Scholarship.
Hayley Elsaesser is currently working in the CEA Fashion Incubator and her vibrant Redneck Nostalgia collection was also shown.
The AKIN Collection was produced under the fashion label, Multistory, created by the CEA Fashion Incubator to launch and sell in-house collaborative fashion and design projects.
Multistory’s AKIN Collection was produced as part of the Contemporary Indigenous Fashion Project, funded by Arts Queensland through the Backing Indigenous Arts program to bring the work of Indigenous artists to the attention of the fashion industry.
CEA Fashion Incubator Stitch Lab client, Gail Sorronda, collaborated with Disney and Queensland Ballet to create a new collection inspired by The Little Mermaid for the coming season.
Both Ms Elsaesser and Ms Sorronda are QUT Fashion alumni.
Australian Indigenous Fashion Week is a new event on the fashion calendar that aims to showcase the creative talents of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders from all over Australia.
See Hayley Elsaesser’s collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
See Gail’s Sorronda’s collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
Pictured are Australian Indigenous Fashion Week ambassadors all wearing AKIN dresses, from left Lilla Conradson wearing the Comb-print dress created by Hayley Elasesser and Sharon Phineasa; Indigenous Model Search finalist Sinead Grehan (centre) in a Bushfire-print created by Margaret Mara and Samantha Delgos; and Samantha Harris wearing the Cassowary-print dress created by Napolean Oui and Georgia Grainger. Image from QUT: Dan Himbrechts, AAP.
A SPECIAL conference devoted to Indigenous men is being staged in Cairns on October 13-15.
Indigenous Conference Services has developed the 2014 National Indigenous Men Conference in cooperation with MEES (Australia), with inspiring guest speakers from different states and territories of Australia.
An Indigenous Conference Services spokesperson said the overwhelming response of the Call for Papers clearly indicated the devoted interests of organisations and individuals working to improve Indigenous men’s services.
More than 70 percent of the submitted papers were from community based organisations.
Among the featured speakers is Steve Widders, the current Aboriginal community liaison officer of Armidale Dumaresq Council in New South Wales.
Although declared medically and legally blind by the late professor Fred Hollows at age 35, Mr Widders sees himself as a “man of vision” and he prefers to talk of his ‘ability’ rather than his disability. He is a descendant of the Anaiwan/Kamiloaroi people of Northern NSW.
John Riley, the community counsellor and development officer of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, will be at the conference sharing the story of how the Wik Warrior’s Men’s Group breaks the cycle of Aurukun’s males passing away without the opportunity to pass on their tribal knowledge to younger generations.
A wealth of experience has come forward to present papers and many of these people will present at the conference.
Jack Bulman is the CEO of Mibbinbah who will be co-presenting with Dr Rick Hayes on The Mibbinbah Mad Bastard’s Guide: Be The Best You Can Be, an award winning outreach program that builds on the success of the movie,Mad Bastards.
Andrew Thorp, the men’s project manager of Beyondblue, will be presenting on The Proppa Deadly Project which aims to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to take action against depression and anxiety through the telling of their own stories across Australia’s Indigenous community radio sector.
Terry Thommeny, the program officer of Royal Flying Doctors Service Queensland will be presenting an outline of a Baliner’s perspective to aged and senior males in Indigenous community. Mr Thommeny has a degree in nursing communication and is finishing his master’s degree in public health.
Jimmy Perry is the project officer of Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA) Inc. and he will be presenting on the Making Track Project. This is a mobile substance misuse program assisting Aboriginal communities in rural and remote parts of South Australia.
Madhu Panthee, the family violence mediation program coordinator of the Yuendumu Mediation and Justice Committee, in the Central Desert Regional Council NT, will be highlighting the impact of the Yuendumu Family Violence Mediation Program model in reducing violent confrontations among family feuds in Yuendumu and across Warlpiri region.
Kit Karunaratne, the ICT manager of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) based in ACT, will be showcasing a vision which looks at the emergence of a new information technology as a support service to break down cultural communication barriers in remote communities.
Government and non-government organisations are participating in choosing the agenda and as delegates as well.
The conference is a major forum for sharing of information on successful Indigenous men programs existing and being implemented all over Australia and interagency networking at a local, state and national level.
INDIGENOUS Business Australia (IBA) CEO Chris Fry joined representatives from Rio Tinto and Barrick Gold as invitees to attend Canada’s Public Policy Forum to broaden international understanding of how to enhance Indigenous economic outcomes through resource development.
IBA was one of 11 global case studies that were considered for their success in promoting indigenous economic development, earlier this year.
Representatives from companies and organisations from Canada, USA, Chile and Sweden were in attendance to provide case studies and participate in the discussion.
IBA chair Dawn Casey welcomed Canadian interest in IBA’s business model as part of their review of global perspectives on Indigenous economic development.
This is recognition of the strong outcomes IBA has been achieving in enabling Indigenous participation in the broader economy.
“Although there were differences in the specifics, several good practices consistently emerged around governance, broader economic impacts and community engagement across these case studies,” Dr Casey said.
“It is pleasing to note that the Canadian forum identified a range of good practices IBA has in place including the level of accessibility to finance for Indigenous communities and the level of tailored support that is provided to our customers and partners,” Dr Casey said.
In addition to examining distinct good practices which may be applicable to other Indigenous economic development opportunities, the forum also sought to identify key principles that underlie successful development.
These principles are:
1. Establish and maintain productive and mutually respectful relationships.
2. Be proactive in driving Indigenous economic development as a priority.
3. Understand culture, land rights and historical treaties before considering business opportunities.
4. Strive to achieve standards which surpass laws and regulations.
5. Understand the potential social and environmental impact of projects.
6. Ensure that business opportunities make sense from a commercial perspective and benefit everyone.
7. Build long-term sustainability into agreements: focus on the capacity to benefit future generations.
Given IBA’s success in encouraging economic development for a range of clients, the Canadian Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs has shown interest in learning more about IBA’s business model, with the idea of developing a similar organisation to benefit Canada’s First peoples.