Sovereign Ideas, a special event for 300 Indigenous students from schools across Australia, will take place at Sydney Town Hall on 29
April – the 250th anniversary of Cook’s landing in Australia. Highlighting the careers of iconoclastic young cultural thinkers and leaders from First Nations around the world, Sovereign Ideas presents an encouraging narrative of possibilities that counter stereotypes, stigmas and tropes. Influential artists and thinkers confirmed to present at Sovereign Ideas include Matika Wilbur, a photographer belonging to the Swinomish
and Tulalip people of the State of Washington, co-creator of the All My Relations podcast, and founder of Project 562. Through Project 562, Matika has photographed members of all 562 Native American sovereign nations in the United States, and the project aims to overcome historical inaccuracies, stereotypical representations, and silenced Native American voices in the media. Also presenting is Dr Emalani Case, lecturer in Pacific Studies at the Victoria University of Wellington, and scholar, activist,
writer and dancer who is deeply engaged in issues of dietary colonialism and food sovereignty, art and activism, political independence, and environmental and social justice. Exclusively for students.
Supported by The Balnaves Foundation