More stories from the CAAMA team

  • Traditional “caretaker” of country ” tells his story………..

    Peter Coco Wallace

    A Central Australian based Kurdungurlu or “caretaker” of country says the attraction of modern technology is making it difficult for him to keep his young people connected with their culture.

    Peter “Coco”  Wallace …an Eastern Arrente Elder says traditionally  doing drawings on the ground and talking  were once normal ways of sharing knowledge and keeping culture strong…. but now the young people are  being heavily influenced by new technology.

  • Education is Important


    School principal Mike Hansen is going above and beyond to help local indigenous students achieve their academic dreams.

    After 14 years working as a teacher and principal in remote indigenous communities, Mike became principal of Cairns West State School, bringing with him the belief that every child can, and will be, successful.

    With a high proportion of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, attendance levels and academic averages at the school were below state standards.

    Mike was determined to raise the bar and in 2009, he introduced the Academic Success Guarantee.

    Justin Fenwick sat down with Michael Hansen and had a chat about his work at Cairns West State School.

  • Bess Price wins NT Women’s Leadership Award

    CAAMA congratulates Bess Nungarrayi Price, Member for Stuart, Minister for Community Services and Women’s Policy, on winning the NT Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership! The national awards recognise those working to close the gender inequality gap and promote the need for more female leaders. Ms Price said she hopes “to help inspire other women to take on positions of leadership, no matter where they’re from.”

  • Just WHO discovered Alice Springs?

    The Alice Springs Town Council errected a controversial statue of the town’s ‘discoverer’, John McDouall Stuart, on Wednesday. Pitjantjatjara Kokatha man Scott Hayne is just one of many people outraged by the statue, and says that the plaque to be installed next month needs to be worded carefully.

  • The 2014 NAIDOC Youth of The Year Award recipient Amelia Telford talks on CAAMA.

    Amelia Telford is a young Aboriginal women from the Bundjalung nation on the north Coast of NSW. She is Indigenous Coordinator for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and is encouraging youth from around Australia to get involved in the conversation about climate change.