A Fight for Survival
Eban Roach, Lyn Thorpe & Jill Morgan, 2020/21
An Exhibition and Gathering about Aboriginal Identity, resilience and celebration, commemorating the grassroots fight against the decision to shut down the Northland Secondary College
In December 1992, two Aboriginal students lodged a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Board claiming that the State’s decision to shut down their school Northland Secondary College was an act of systemic racial discrimination. Three years down the track, and one hell of a fight later, in the Supreme Court the Northland Community Mob, led by Gary Foley, won the case and the school was re-opened in 1995.
A Fight for Survival is collective story about Aboriginal Identity, resilience and celebration. The Exhibition presents photographs, artworks from former students, and other historical material from the period and reflects on why this school meant so much to so many people.
At the opening, there will be a traditional smoking ceremony, welcome to county and cultural performances. The event is FREE and open to all.
The Northland Secondary College, formerly Preston East Technical School now Northern College of the Arts and Technology, was named in the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody as a positive model and way of working that recognised and valued Aboriginal knowledge systems and ways of knowing. Come along to this ground breaking Exhibition and Gathering to find out more.
PLEASE NOTE: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that A Fight for Survival Exhibition and associated artworks, videos and website may contain the images, voices and names of people who have passed on.
The Northlands Campaign Community History Project gratefully acknowledges our supporters:
This Gathering and Exhibition are based on research supported partially by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council's Discovery Projects funding scheme (project IN180100067) awarded to Prof Gary Foley and Dr Clare Land. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and are not necessarily those of the Australian Government or Australian Research Council.
Victorian Government and Public Record Office Victoria
Northlands Mob gratefully acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government and Public Record Office Victoria for making this project possible.
Pool of Dreams, part of the Community Impact Foundation
A Fight For Survival Exhibition and Gathering is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
Australia Council for the Arts
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Moondani Balluk Academic Unit and the Aboriginal History Archive
We warmly acknowledge the support of the staff and Director of Moondani Balluk; and the Foley Collection of the Aboriginal History Archive.
The Northlands Campaign Community History Project acknowledges VU’s in-kind and financial support through core funding and the Indigenous Central Research Grant Scheme.
Northern College of the Arts and Technology
The City of Darebin through FUSE Fund
|NORTHLANDS COMMUNITY PROJECT||
Northlands Campaign Community Project team is made up of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people associated with the Northland Secondary College struggle and fight for justice.
Event & ticketing details
Dates & Times
|Gathering Event||Saturday 20 March - 1.00pm|
|Exhibition Opening||Saturday 20 March - 2.00pm|
|Live Koorie Performances||Saturday 20 March - 3.00pm|
|Exhibition open daily||Weekdays - 9.00-5.00pm, Weekends 2.00-5.00pm|