CAAMA NEWS 13.10.2017

13th Oct 2017

The latest from the CAAMA News Room:

Aboriginal Languages Bill

The first parliamentary bill of its kind in the country has seen The New South Wales Parliament pass historic legislation to  recognise and revive Aboriginal languages from across the state.

The Aboriginal Languages Bill, which  passed through both houses of the NSW parliament will establish an independent panel of Aboriginal language experts and establish a new centre to study and preserve languages in the state.

Elders from many nations across NSW who were in Parliament  at the  time, sang and spoke in their own languages while welcoming the Bill.


A series of artworks created by young girls from the Don Dale Detention Centre has been released by The Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.

The release which  coincided with International Day of the Girl, shows paintings by six young aboriginal girls who have used paintings to express their feelings about being in detention, the impact of  separation from their family, and their hopes of returning home.

The “Voices – Girls in Detention” paintings are accompanied by personal statements from the female inmateswhich provide a raw and honest insight into their lives and suffering.

One of the artworks titled “This message is for me” by artist DB, is backed up with the statement “this painting is about me being in Don Dale and wanting to get out”.