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  • “The Block ” – Government deal offers possible solution.
    Monday, August 31st, 2015


    The Block Tent Embassy at  Redfern is claiming  victory for “people power” following deal with the Federal Government which will allow the Aboriginal Housing company to fast track the building of 62 affordable homes for local Aboriginal people.

    The NSW Supreme Court ruled  that the tent embassy residents were trespassing and gave the go ahead for the Aboriginal Housing Company’s Pemulwuy project…but  the  deal brokered by  Federal Minister Nigel Scullion may have provided a solution.

    Wiradjuri Elder and veteran rights campaigner Jenny Munro has always insisted that the embassy would not leave until the building of  affordable housing had been prioritized in the project.

    Jenny Munro Block decision

  • Opinions vary for constitutional recognition in the west.
    Monday, August 31st, 2015

    The West Australian Aboriginal MP whose  Private Members Bill calling for recognition of  her people in the states constitution, says the legislation which is likely to be passed next month; will also play an important part in the move towards national recognition.

    The announcement that Aboriginal people in Western Australia will be recognised as the First Peoples of the  state and the traditional custodians, may have taken many by surprise; but Josies Farrer the member for the Kimberley who introduced the private members bill in 2014 says that the process has been underway for years.

    The constitution changes has  been approved through the lower house of Western Australia’s States Parliament and now needs approval in the upper house.

    But the recent announcement has caused some Western Australian Aboriginal people concern as Nyungah Land & Culture Protector Iva Hayward Jackson raises his peoples concerns.

  • Ear Disease: A Missing Piece in The Puzzle Of Aboriginal Incarceration Rates
    Monday, August 31st, 2015


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    A recent article in the New Matilda has brought national attention to widespread ear disease among Aboriginal and TSI people, claiming this could be a piece in the puzzle when it comes to addressing why Indigenous incarceration rates remain at an all-time high.

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  • Reclink 2015 Footy Grand Finals Alice Springs.
    Friday, August 28th, 2015

    Reclink Australia is a non profit organisation whose mission is to provide and promote sport and art programs for people experiencing disadvantage. Established in Victoria in 1990, Reclink Australia operates nationally providing over 4500 activities and 80,000 participation opportunities for disadvantaged Australians annually.

    The 2015 Reclink Footy Grand Finals took place at the TIO stadium Treager Park. It was a fun day of footy with the young kids of Clontarf kicking off in the morning and then the senior players taking to the field for the CAAMA Cup.

    The Cottage All-stars where too strong this year taking out the CAAMA Cup with the final against Amoonguna Crows.

  • Brothers Show 28-08-15
    Friday, August 28th, 2015

    This week the Brothers Show discussed leadership, what the word means the different ways people can be seen as leaders within the community. We had the opportunity to sit down with some Brothers to discuss being a strong leader.

    Boe Spearim all the way from Brisbane, called into the CAAMA studio for the Brothers the show. Boe is a young Aboriginal man from a long line of strong vocal Aboriginal campaigners, and he shared the importance of youth standing up and leading the way into the future.

    An old friend of CAAMA and the Brothers show graced us with his presence, Aboriginal Olympic athlete Patrick Johnson. Patrick has represented Australia at the highest level on multiple occasions and is the current Australian record holder for the 100m sprint. Patrick discusses what needs to be done off the track to empower the mob.

    And last but definitely  not least Luke Carroll a well known Aboriginal actor who has starred in The Man From Snowy River, Water Rats and the hilarious Stone Bros. Luke was also in attendance at the AMSANT training course and he discusses what being a leader means to him.

  • Despite the goodwill of the PM – reality is a little different !
    Thursday, August 27th, 2015

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    The Cape York Aboriginal leader who told Prime Minister Tony Abbott that the disadvantage his people face is appalling and unacceptable …says the reality of Government and business really wanting to help still has a long way to go .

    Despite years of effort by Governments to help close the health gap…. Northern area Peninsula Mayor Bernard Charlie says his people are still dying too young.

    Mr Abbott told the mainstream media entourage traveling with him that he is determined to ensure Aboriginal people are first class citizens …but Mr Charlie says although it was great to have the Prime Minister on country to see first hand the range of issues impacting on his people … . there is still the problem of how Aboriginal and Islanders are really seen by the wider Australian public.

    Listen to the full interview with Bernard here :


  • NT beach receives heritage and culture award.
    Thursday, August 27th, 2015

    The 2015 clean beaches program recently wrapped up earlier this month, recognising communities who strive for a cleaner more sustainable coastal environment.

    Garig Gunak Barlu National Park in the Northern Territory was nominated for the Keep Australia Beautiful Northern Territory Clean Beaches territory title, and was a strong contended for the National Title for 2015.

    But unfortunately for the Territory Guilderton beach in Western Australia was announced the overall Clean Beaches award winner, but Garig Gunak Barlu National Park was recognised for the strong connection to culture winning the Heritage and Culture award.

  • Science: It’s For Everyone – No Matter What Your Background !
    Wednesday, August 26th, 2015


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    Dr Misty Jenkins, the first Australian Aboriginal student to attend either Cambridge or Oxford university in England, has used National Science Week to remind children that their dreams are achievable.

    Dr Jenkins, whose scientific area of expertise is researching white blood cells that fight infections, and particularly in cancer, is also part of an initiative that encourages opportunities for opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to attend the universities.

    She has also called on parents to instill confidence in their children from an early age, and to let them know they deserve the same opportunities as other children.

    Misty joins Mikaela Simpson on the program.


  • NSW community programs helping future generations.
    Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

    Across to NSW where a trial diversionary program designed to address a range of community concerns is already having significant benefits for local youth.

    Roger Penrith the Aboriginal liaison officer at the Griffith city council says while the community was in dire need of help the diversionary program’s success is largely due to the collaborative community response.

    The initiative focusses on providing a range of afterhour’s programs such as midnight basketball, which aim to reduce boredom and give young Aboriginal people in the community the opportunity to engage in a positive and safe environment.

    The research program which began last year was initiated by The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of NSW, the Griffith Aboriginal Medical Service and other local community service organisations and is expected to continue until late 2016.


  • Cleansing ceremony brings back a dark history !
    Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

    A  cultural protection lobby group  in Western Australia has reminded Australians of the state’s past dark history which saw thousands of Aboriginal men incarcerated on Wadjemup- Rottnest Island.

    Representatives of the Rottnest Island Deaths Group Aboriginal Corporation,….the long-term protectors of the initiated Men’s Burial Ground on Wadjemup.. held a cleansing ceremony on Tuesday which they said was needed to inform young Aboriginal men brought in to work at the site… of its cultural significance.
    Iva Hayward Jackson …a Nyungah Land and Culture protector says he and Elder lawman Kevin Cameron had told the workers about the suffering their ancestors had experienced while incarcerated at the island… including 363 known deaths and burials.

    ….Iva Hayward Jackson Cleansing ceremony