This belongs to the Aboriginal people !

23rd Dec 2020

Tasmanian Aboriginal rights campaigner Michael Mansell… and long serving indigenous media protector Jim Remedio have questioned a move by the ABC to establish and grow a new Indigenous archives unit .

An ABC press release said the unit will oversee the ABC’s Indigenous content collection of video, audio, photos and documents, including songs and ceremonies from as early as the 1940s to contemporary material on Indigenous communities, health, the land rights movement, the freedom ride in 1965, the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in front of Parliament House and the 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Jim Remedio a Torres Strait Islander man and founding member of the National Indigenous Media Association of Australia warned the First Nations media industry national conference held in Mparntwe (Alice Springs) last November he believed the Australian government was working towards a model which could see the First Nations radio network absorbed into ethnic broadcasting.

Speaking on CAAMA Radio Mr Remedio who has worked in the sector for 30 years warned many smaller Aboriginal broadcasting organisations were in danger of loosing historic archival collections because of a lack of specific funding in this area.

Speaking from Tasmania, Mr Mansell said there were many questions that need to be answered about the ownership of the content and who had the right to use it.