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National Reconciliation Week - 27 May to 3 June 2019

journal cover 2018

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to share histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. The 2019 NRW theme is "Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage". Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

To celebrate reconciliation week UTS Library would like to highlight the ongoing achievements of UTS ePress, which continues to publish important digital, open access scholarly works. UTS ePress publish scholarly titles across a wide range of academic disciplines, with particular strengths in the humanities, arts and social sciences. In 2018 the press also published student journals one of which was NEW: Emerging scholars in Australian Indigenous Studies.This journal presents a selection of the best work submitted by students who elected to undertake the subject Aboriginal Political History: Ideas, Action and Agency in Autumn semester, 2018 at UTS.

4000 Fish photo

The excerpt below, written by UTS student Jonah Johnson, is taken from last year’s journal publication, and reviews the public artwork Four Thousand Fish by Emily McDaniel. This artwork produced in 2018 as part of Sydney Festival (pictured above) engaged the Sydney community and reflected on the disregard to the harbour's delicate marine ecosystem shown by colonists in 1790. The artwork also highlights the important role of Gadigal women in indigenous fishing practices and the environmental impact that current and future populations would make on the environment.

Four Thousand Fish, curated by Kalari (South-West NSW) woman Emily McDaniel, is an exhibition that very precisely highlights the act of participation in sharing, shaping and taking responsibility in narratives…. At the core of the exhibition was public participation, whereby passers-by, Sydney Festival goers, or Emily McDaniel fans were invited to carry a frozen salmon shaped block of ice to the large Nawi (Canoe) and place the fish in there. They would then take some water from the harbour and fill a mould to be frozen again. As the sun sets over Nawi Cove, the fish would melt and return back into the cove, an act that mimics that of the practices of Barangaroo and the many women before her. Packed with some extremely deep yet straightforward symbolism, McDaniel’s installation reflects the story of British colonialists pulling 4000 fish out of Sydney Cove in 1790 as a gift for newly arriving British. Johnson, J. 2018 ‘Four Thousand Fish’ NEW: Emerging scholars in Australian Indigenous Studies, vol. 4, no. 1, p, 127.

To read more articles published in this student journal or to read more UTS ePress publications visit: https://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/about

To read more about Reconciliation Week visit the NRW website.

Image above: 2018 Sydney Festival installation, 4000 Fish, Emily McDaniel.
Photographer: Jamie Williams.