Second Generation Aboriginal Rights Campaigner Roxley Foley has urged Sovereignty Leaders to stand up and find ways to protect their Communities and their Rights.
With less than a week to go it remains evident the Sovereignty movement is showing no signs of slowing down. Numerous meetings have been held across the country to gather Grass Roots concerns, which will then be delivered to Government on National Sorry Day.
Roxley Foley Canberra Rally_internet
Respected academic Dr Chris Sarra says the Australian Government could stand accused of lacking humanity if it continues with plans to withdraw services from remote communities….forcing Aboriginal people s into regional centres.
The QLD based educator says as a nation we can all afford to be more sophisticated and courageous in terms of the ongoing relationship between Government and the first Nations Peoples.
‘Dr Sarra ,founder of the QLD based Stronger Smarter Institute, has been recognised internationally for his teaching methods which have instilled pride and self belief in Aboriginal children.
Speaking on CAAMA Radio Dr Sarra is also keen to see his people move away from the idea that they are victims … constantly being wronged by the wider community.
The co author of a disturbing new research paper which examines the use of neck chains and other restraints on Aboriginal people up until as late as the 1960’s … says it is important for the wider community to understand Australia’s shocking and sordid past.
University of Adelaide researcher Dr Elizabeth Grant says incarceration was used in the 19th century as a tool to dispossess Aboriginal people of their land with police being paid an amount to bring in men women and children…often in chains.
Dr Elizabeth Grant …chains
Growing condemnation of a media article which suggests that those on welfare shouldn’t receive welfare payments unless they are using contraception.
“The Australian”: newspaper columnist and former Labor MP Gary Johns writes “some families, some communities, some cultures breed strife…. the idea that someone can have the taxpayer, as of right, fund the choice to have a child is repugnant”.
In a column titled “No Contraception, No Dole,” Johns singles out a Sydney Aboriginal family and the recent tragedy in Cairns involving a Torres strait Islander family- to push his case.
Paddy Gibson a researcher with Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning says there is no confusion in the article about who Johns is mainly referring to for his proposed solution.
A leading Australian researcher in Aboriginal youth self harm and suicide says Government may need to re asses and make changes to some funded programs in remote communities to ensure that they are achieving the best possible results.
Aboriginal people are six times more likely to commit suicide than other Australians and the West Australian Kimberley region now has one of the highest suicide rates in the world.
Adele Cox… is a researcher with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Project which is trying to identify the most effective ways to help bring down the extraordinarily high suicide rates .
Ms Cox… a Bunuba Gija woman from the Kimberley says the project is looking for more effective program delivery … rather than any top down approach which young people are often reluctant to engage with.
Landscape architect Costa Georgiadis takes a holistic approach to gardening,horticulture, the importance of water and its management and the benefits of sustainable living. Costa spreads his green wisdom and zest for life while communicating with people and celebrating cultures and community. He joins Paul Wiles to chat about about his respect of Aboriginal culture and his connection with Alice Springs.
costa the gardener
The establishment of Aboriginal Government within Australia is much closer than people realise.. according to Tasmanian veteran Aboriginal rights campaigner Michael Mansell.
Announcing elections for six positions on a new Executive of the Aboriginal Provisional Government … Mr Mansell says the APG, the body that had self-determination at its core… was formed at a meeting in the Northern Territory in 1990.
Mr Mansell says the prospect of Aboriginal self-government within Australia is not impossible.
Michael Mansell election for APG
A Walkley Award winning investigative journalist says that in 2014 there was growing acceptance within Australia that racism in this country is a problem… and that it is no longer acceptable.
Chris Graham … owner/ editor of online news site New Matilda.says the story about Sydney University Professor Barry Spurr… who resigned from his job at Sydney University over a series of racist emails had been a good win in the fight against racism.
Describing Professor Spurr in an editorial as “the smoking gun of institutionalized racism’ Mr Graham says Professor Spurr’s involvement as an advisor to the national school curriculum review meant the last chapter of the story may not have been written.
A former Northern Territory Administrator who spent a large part of his life living and working alongside Aboriginal people says it is important for their children to receive an education in their own first language.
Ted Egan who served as Administrator of the Northern Territory from 2003 to 2007 … learned to speak Tiwi while working in the Top End as a 19 year-old.
Mr Egan, a veteran Aboriginal land rights supporter and currently completing a PhD says if there is a First Language which is spoken, written, researched and understood… then Aboriginal children should be taught in this language.