It was a warm night at Amplatawatja and the community gathered at the school to help the students celebrate the end of year with a show case of songs and dances they have been working on for the last two weeks with the help of CAAMA music, E-town and the HILL BOYZ.
the night started with the year one’s ending with a whole school performance capping off a great night of entertainment and another school year.
The Brothers Show was one Brother down this week and decided with the recent White Ribbon Day to take another look at domestic violence.
This week we caught up with Red Cross Senior Community Development Officer Stan Law who shares the great success the community of Katherine has had in coming together in solidarity against domestic violence for White Ribbon day.
We also chat with an old friend of CAAMAs Richard Farrell, the Social Services Manager for Tangentyere Council. Richard was one of the keynote speakers for the White Ribbon Day march in Alice Springs and is apart of Tangentyere’s Men’s Behavior change program.
Mental Health Australia has today welcomed the Australian Government’s Response to the Review of Mental Health Programs and Services.
Frank Quinlan CEO of the peak body representing mental health services says “It will take considerable effort to achieve successful mental health reform, the time for review has now finished and implementation can begin.”
Frank Quinlan talks with Paul Wiles.
photo courtesy Front Line Action on Coal
In NSW traditional owners have expressed concern about lack of transparency over a recent native title agreement with a coal company.
The native title deal followed four years of negotiations as 18 elected Aboriginal representatives from across North West NSW came to an agreement with Whitehaven Coal at a closed meeting in Tamworth on Monday.
A press release issued by Whitehaven Coal says the agreement will see the Gomeroi people working with Whitehaven, on how the groups will collaborate on improved communications and cultural heritage matters .
But the deal has surprised and caused concern for many with Senior Gomeroi Elder Uncle Neville Sampson stating it is invalid because it had not received approval from the wider community.
Gomeroi woman Dolly Talbott told CAAMA Radio the lack of transparency has created conflict between her people and says many of her people don’t even know what the deal entails.
Traditional owners may have won the battle to save Watarrka National Park from fracking – but the war of war of words between the Central Land Council and the Northern Territory Giles CLP Government is set to continue.
Northern Territory Minister for Mines and Energy Dave Tollner announced on Tuesday that an oil and gas exploration permit will not be issued to Palatine Energy because the application did not satisfy new land use measures which “ensure activities can proceed alongside other land usages in a safe and sustainable manner.”
N.T. Government Minister for Parks and Wildlife Bess Price and Central Land Council Director David Ross share their thoughts about the future of mining on Aboriginal land across the Territory.
David Ross Watarrka
30% of Aboriginal people over the age of 18 have type 2 diabetes.
Deputy Director and program leader of Aboriginal research at the South Australian Health Medical Research Institute Professor Alex Brown told CAAMA Radio he wants to help his people and raise awareness to beat what is a preventable disease.
Dr Marcus Woolombi Waters a lecturer from School of Humanities at Griffith University recently delivered the keynote address at the Heritage Week Celebrations held in Jamaica . Dr Waters says when he returned to Australia he was once again reminded of the overwhelming racism experienced by Aboriginal peoples.
Speaking on CAAMA Radio Dr Waters says whether people recognise it or not… white privilege has already set the foundations for black Australia.
Dr Waters says Australia is one of the richest western countries in the world built on an industry of mining from the lands of Aboriginal people who remain living in third-world poverty.
photo’s of Ms Dhu’s family at coronial inquest courtesy of Gerry Georgatos
A coronial inquest into the death of a 22 year old Aborignal woman in Western Australia has heard police thought she was faking when she told them that her hands were going blue and she could not feel her leg.
Ms Dhu, who who was taken into custody for fine defaults had been taken to the Hedland Health Campus three times during her detention.. but was diagnosed by doctors during the first two visits as having “behavioural issues” and discharged.
CCTV footage presented at the inquest shows Ms Dhu later vomiting in the jail cell and failing backwards before hitting her head on concrete floor .
A new program will be trialled in three NSW Aboriginal communities in a bid to help close the oral health gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.
The Healthy Teeth project a new pilot program will be rolled out early next year, providing filtered chilled water fountains at schools in Boggabilla, Mungindi and Toomelah.
Kylie Gwynne director of the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health told CAAMA Radio there has been a negative turnaround in the oral health of Aboriginal children which she believes is associated with general health issues.
Mr Gwynne stressed the importance of having clean accessible drinking water and daily brushing of teeth as an important part of the oral health equation.
The Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten says justice targets to reduce the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Australia’s prisons .need to be included under the “closing the gap” framework’.
Mr Shorten has delivered a speech promising to work with state and territory governments to reinstate the justice targets, which were dumped by the coalition.
Qld MP Shayne Neumann says if elected a Shorten Government would put the issue of justice targets on the agenda,
Shayne Neumann Labors justice re investment commitment
Glen Yearwood is a former successful London based communication consultancy expert whose life changed dramatically when he developed diabetes. Searching for his own truths, he became a travelling storyteller with a passion for good coffee.
Storyteller Glen Yearwood