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NAIDOC 2015: We All Stand On Sacred Ground, Learn Respect Celebrate!

The theme for NAIDOC 2015 is We All Stand On Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect, Celebrate and couldn’t be better suited as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia continues to strengthen their culture.

The NAIDOC Committee which stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, was started in the early 1900’s sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

National NAIDOC Co-Chair, Ben Mitchell told CAAMA Radio the week celebrations is for all people residing in Australia to be part of.

Congress Kicks off NAIDOC Celebrations 2015

NAIDOC celebrations kicked off in Alice Springs at the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (CAAC) with an afternoon tea and Health Promotion stalls. The stalls included congress eye health team, Headspace the National Mental Health service, Ingkintja male health service and congresses education and training program for Aboriginal health workers.

NAIDOC stands for National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

BROTHERS 26-06-15

red nose brothers

This weeks Brothers show covered an important topic, as Friday the 26th marks a significant day where Australians nation wide come together in solidarity for Red Nose Day. Red Nose Day is the major fundraiser for SIDS and Kids which provides safe sleeping education to families and bereavement support to those affected by the death of a baby or child.

During the program we had the opportunity to speak with the Northern Territory Shadow Minister for Indigenous policy and regional development Ken Vowles. Who has been actively involved with SIDS and Kids.

We greeted an old friend of CAAMA’s as the Mayor of Alice Springs Damien Ryan joined us on the Brothers Show. Mr Ryan discussed the need for community involvement expressing the importance of Red Nose Day.

And finally we were lucky enough to have Ducan Griffithf an advocate for SIDS and Kids to share his story. Mr Griffithf was directly affected by SIDS three years ago, and he provides a powerful story and message to families.

If you have any topics or issues you would like to discuss on Brothers then send an email to brothers@caama.com.au or if you around Alice Springs come in and see us 101 Todd Street.


A Safer Future for Children and Families

A Promotional event for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responseto Child Sexual Abuse, and the Ochre Ribbon Campaign for the Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence.

Hosted by the Central Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Unit (CAAFLU) in association with the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service (CAALAS).

The event took place at the Araluen Arts Centre with welcome to country from Rosalie Kumalie Riley, Introductory speeches from Phynea Clake CEO and Eunice Blackmore Chairperon (CAAFLU). Guest Speaker Mary Keaney from Knowmore Legal Service and Sue Roman from Stolen Generations (Darwin).

There was a performance from Kirra Voller and Cassi Williams (Desert Divas) and Casey Donovan and Band.


East Journey Release Stunning New Video Clip!

East Journey are back and this time with a stunning new video clip! The clip for the Salas/Moore mix of their collaboration with Yothu Yindi comes as the groups received two nominations from the EP in the NT Song of the Year’s Rock category this week. These modern ancient young men from North East Arnhem Land made the Finalists with Song of Arnhem Land and EMU.

Filmed in Yirrkala, the clip accompanies the song to tell the story about North East Arnhem land, and why the landscape is linked to the band members through culture and song.  Tourism NT contributed $15,000.00 towards the making of the clip and will use it in a 30 second advertising campaign to promote the beauty of North East Arnhem Land.

East Journey and Yothu Yindi are headlining the National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) on July 25 with a premiere live performance of The Genesis Project.

The event will be hosted by NITV and SBS journalist Malarndirri McCarthy and cabaret comedian Kamahi King (aka Constantina Bush).

Nominations for the 2015 NIMAs close this Saturday – nominate now before it’s too late!

The Indigenous Marathon Project is at it again

Photo Courtesy of John Leha

The IMP has inspired Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over many years. Now their urging those who are participating to step out of their comfort zone and challenge themselves into do something that not a lot of people would try such as running 42.195 km. The new batch of runners are looking to give their all to take on the Challenge one of the worlds most prestigious marathons in “the Big Apple” New York.

John Leha from Marrickville, New South Wales says after losing family members through health issues he wanted to make a change for himself and his family.

John Leha

Leading Aboriginal Music program in danger!

In South Australia a leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts program offered by the University of Adelaide is under threat following recent funding cuts to Universities across Australia.

The Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music is a centre providing specialist tertiary level university based music programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

Ashley Tuner a lecturer at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music and a delegate for the National Tertiary Education Union, told CAAMA he believes the slash and burn attitude towards funding could result in lower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander attendance.

Mr Turner said the program is highly beneficial with many participating in the program going on to a successful career.

BROTHERS 12-06-2015


This weeks Brothers Show, looked back on the weekend when the CAAMA crew took to Barunga as people came from across Central Australia for the 30th Anniversary of the top end Festival. Regarded as one of the most important community Festivals in regional Australia, Barunga encompasses culture, music, sport and much more over the long weekend.

Over his time at Barunga, Damien had the opportunity to chat and rub shoulders with many musical artists and athletes. One such Brother was Patrick Johnson, an Aboriginal Olympic sprinter who has represented Australia at the highest level on many occasions. He chats with Damien significance of the Festival.

Skinnyfish Music’s Managing Director Mark Grose also joined us on the Brothers show. The music label represents many talented top end artists such as Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu and B2M both of which performed over the weekend.

This Friday we had another young Brother on the show, Daniel Wehr who is currently working with CAAMA’s youth coordinator planning a new weekend show on CAAMA’s second channel (C2).

Barunga Festival 2015 – Spear Throwing Competition

Hosted by rapper Briggs the spear throwing competition drew a huge crowd like it does each year. Spear throwers and those who thought they could gave it a good hot and attempted to hit the giant kangaroo which proved a very difficult task.

Barunga Dancers Share Culture

Guests of the Barunga Festival were treated to an exclusive and inclusion session of Traditional Dancing. People of the local region called on to join the group as the Festival was officially opened.

Barunga Festival 2015 – Dance dome, water slide, other activities


The Culture park is the central hub for everything at the Festival! The Barunga Festival is a family friendly event and non smoking which means even the kids can get involved! The festival is for those of the very young and even those old ones who might be young at heart!

Barunga Festival 2015 – Cultural Workshops


As Apart of the 2015 Barunga Festival people were given the chance to get hands on during cultural workshops with local elders.

Those who wanted could participate in basket weaving as well as making bush medicine in a modern traditional way with a motor crushing up the dried grass to make a healing remedy.