We've created an 'armchair' guide to help you navigate our Garma coverage from your TV and mobile device, without having to leave the comfort of your home.
27 Jul 2016 - 11:11 AM  UPDATED 29 Jul 2016 - 10:27 AM

'We are immensely proud to be partnering with the Yothu Yindi Foundation to comprehensively cover Garma 2016, bringing national audiences coverage of key policy debates and issues,' NITV's Channel Manager Tanya Denning-Orman announced. 

'The discourse surrounding First Nations peoples is more significant now than ever before and NITV is uniquely placed to share and contribute to the conversation from a distinctive Indigenous perspective.'

The LIVE content broadcast across the weekend will include the Garma forum discussions, an Awaken special on Monday night and updates from NITV News on the Road, alongside in-depth online coverage and social commentary. See full coverage details check the daily online updates.

Garma 2016 will take place from Friday 29 July - Monday 1 August at Gulkula, a significant Yolngu ceremonial site on the Gove Peninsula in northeast Arnhem Land NT. To mark the 40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act, the theme for Garma 2016 is: Wanga Ngaraka Ga Bundurr - 'The Land Is Our Backbone'.


NITV Live TV Coverage  

NITV will bring you all the discussion and debate from Garma's Key Forums*, Natalie Ahmat will be hosting NITV News live from the Festival and Stan Grant will host a special LIVE Awaken at Garma. 

*Forums and times are subject to change at short notice.

NITV Garma coverage Saturday, 30 July

Garma Live Forums on NITV 9:30am - 1:15pm:  
The day begins with the ceremonial opening and Welcome followed by the Land Rights Forum and the Constitutional Recognition Forum featuring members of the Referendum Council including Co-Chair Pat Anderson. The morning will round-off with the Yolngu Heroes Ceremony.

Garma Live Forums on NITV 1:45pm - 4:30pm: 
Eddie Fry will kick off the afternoon with a speech on 'The Indigenous Estate', followed by an address from the Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion. The Economic Development Forum will then begin with a session on Arnhem Land and then on Corporate Australia. 

NITV News from the Garma Festival 9:00pm

NITV Garma coverage Sunday, 31 July

Garma Live Forums on NITV 9:30am - 1:15pm:
Sunday morning will focus on land rights, health and domestic violence with appearances from Mick Gooda, Marcia Langton, Charlie King and Josephine Cashman. 

Garma Live Forums on NITV 1:45pm - 4:30pm:
The Sunday afternoon session will again focus on economics with a property rights roundtable hosted by the Human Rights Commission and followed by a discussion on development in Northern Australia.  

NITV News from the Garma Festival 9:00pm

NITV Garma coverage Monday, 1 August

Garma Live Forums on NITV 10:00am - 12:45pm:

Monday morning sees the ‘Looking Up to Our Future’ session led by the Garma Youth Forum.

Garma Live Forums on NITV 2:15pm - 4:30pm:

Monday afternoon offers an opportunity for attendees to reflect on the discussions from the various Key Forums and share their opinions, experiences and what they have learned. 

Awaken 'Birthright' with Stan Grant at the Garma Festival 7:30pm

Stan Grant explores land, lore, economic prosperity and who really owns your back yard.

NITV Online Coverage

Viewers can keep up to date with all the news via the NITV Website and join in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using #NITV #GARMA. NITV's professional and passionate News team will be out and about in the NT and at Garma bringing you with stories that matter to you.   


NITV Programs

12 Canoes documentary: 12.00pm Friday 29 August  

Take a look at the Yolgnu culture from Creation to Nowadays, that was captured in Rold de Heer's acclaimed film 'Ten Canoes'. 


My Place mini docos: available On Demand, Facebook and via the website

My Place is series of eight short films showcasing the culture and country of the Yolngu people in the Northern Territory. 


The Mulka Project: 1.15pm Saturday 30 & Sunday 31 July, 12:45pm Monday 1 August

The name 'Mulka' means a sacred but public ceremony, and to hold or protect. This series shows content from The Mulka Project who sustain and protect Yolngu cultural knowledge in Northeast Arnhem Land.


Yolngu Homeland 1:15pm Monday 1 August

Yolngu Homeland explores how a community in Arnhem Land is connected with other beings - ancestors, animals and plants. The film follows ‘Yolngu time’ where the pace is measured and not run according to the institutional time frames of wider Australia.

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