Mark Bin Bakar
Meet the creator behind Mary G. Mark is a live performer, television presenter, writer, director, producer of film as well as a motivational and inspirational speaker.
I am a ‘Kitja’ man who has been a major contributor to the Kimberley, Western Australia and Australia through the Arts and Media. I am a committed person and have a state and national profile through my character Mary G. I am a Kimberley person married to a ‘Noongar’ woman and we have been living together for 27 years with our two sons.
I am dedicated to all aspects of social and economic success for our Indigenous community. I am also very committed, conscious and passionate about the health, well being and social developments of our WA community and Australia as a whole.
My mother was taken away from Halls Creek at the age of three so I understand the plight of the stolen generation. I was born in Derby and I spent most of my childhood in Broome and am fully aware of the uniqueness of who we are as Aboriginal people, recognising and identifying the extended families through the Kimberley. We are all connected up.
I have also lived in Perth for over 12 years in which I have established family ties through my wife’s extended families and I have credibility within the Noongar community.
I am passionate and committed to promoting beneficial awareness. I have continued the Mary G character in radio, live performance and appearances and corporate video as well as video for TV. I am committed to making a difference.
I believe there are many alternative approaches to health, well being and social developments are integral to achieving a healthier community. They go hand in hand and are not separate. The key is the willingness to look at health as a holistic issue.
I have access to a national satellite and radio network broadcasting 52 nights of the year, once a week every year since 1992.
I am a live performer and a television presenter, and have won a number of awards over the years. I am also a writer, director and producer of film and video. I have had three documentaries and two series of 6 episodes each on national television. I established and created the nationally acclaimed Stompem Ground Festival. I have events management skills along with public speaking and submission writing abilities.
- Mental well-being
- Self empowerment
- Positive self esteem
- Prevention medicine
- Appreciation and understanding that rules are for safety and population management
- Ownership of responsibility
Creator of Mary G
I see an important role for Mary G as a voice for the empowerment of our people through self esteem, education and awareness of issues.
Mary G is a great tool which can assist in attacking the ignorance and anti-social behaviour of many young people. Mary G has a history and proven track record that has the ears of Indigenous Australia listening, laughing and learning. Not to mention the mainstream.
Mark is an accomplished singer songwriter and has the capacity to appear as a entertainer in his own right. He is also a public speaker mainly on Indigenous issues that he is passionate about including health, empowerment and well being. He talks about Indigenous issues including health, empowerment and well being.
Mark is also active in a number of community groups and organisations like the Kimberley Stolen Generation Committee, the National Stolen Generations Alliance and is the patron for Abmusic the only indigenous owned music school in Australia. He is also a patron (along with Mary G) with the Kimberley Toad Busters. He is currently Chairperson of the Australia Council’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board.
Mark offers his opinions in the various media outlets when Aboriginal issues are being dealt with and does not claim to represent any group, but speaks in general about Indigenous Australians’ plight. He has won numerous awards that recognise his achievements and contributions over many years, remaining consistent with his passion.
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Heart Of The Dreaming
A speech given to the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Commission in Alice Springs, 2006 by Mark Bin Bakar, Amnesty International Medallion Recipient 2005 for his Contribution to Human Rights.
SPEECHES – Pope Speech 1
SPEECHES – Heart Of The Dreaming
Our Stolen Generations
Watch an interview with Mark Bin Bakar and The Healing Foundation about Marks life and driving passions.
BEHIND THE BLACK QUEEN
Watch an interview with Mark Bin Barkar and Desert Channels Digitals about the relationship between Mark and Mary G.