A Melbourne based Aboriginal social commentator has challenged the main stream media to accurately report on Invasion Day protest marches and rallies rather than trying to play them down.
Arrente women Celeste Liddle says both the downsizing of the number of her people who attended the Melbourne march and the significance of the message was not picked up by the mainstream media.
17 year old Nerissa Narburup from the Top End community of Palumpa told other delegates attending the recent Heywire Reional Youth Summit that she would like to see medical terminology translated into language.
Territory Federal Member Warren Snowden says he is confident that translating medical terminology into Aboriginal lanugages will improve health outcomes for local communities.
Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles has flagged self determination as a key underlying policy principle in his push to increase economic opportunities for Aboriginal people across the Territory.
Mr Giles … the Territory Indigenous Affairs Minister …says economic development and decentralization is at the heart of his Government’s Aboriginal Affairs Strategy which is focused on building the capability and capacity of Aboriginal Territorians to take full advantage of business and economic opportunities.
The Chief Minister was also keen to talk up a 50 percent drop in the number of Aboriginal
people returning to the prison system…
The Brothers are back on CAAMA Radio for 2016. On first show back for the Brothers we decided to take a look at the new year to discuss where we taking the show in 2016.
We were joined by Joe Williams who is no stranger to CAAMA Radio to discuss being recognised as citizen of the year in the NSW town of Wagga Wagga.
The Brothers also had the Gman who was recently recognised as Centralian Citizen of the Year 2016.
CEO of The Torch, Kent Morris spoke to CAAMA Radio yesterday about the change that will help many Aboriginal and Islander inmates.
The Torch project was developed to encourage Indigenous and Islander inmates to learn more of their culture and their families. Morris says it is important for Aboriginal and Islander inmates to be able to practice their culture and acquire new skills which they will be able to put into practice on release.
photo courtesy of Brisbane Blacks…..
Across to Brisbane where an Aboriginal rights campaigner has revealed the history associated with the name of a prominent local street and why it remains an important part of history.
Brisbane Aboriginal Elder Sam Watson says while he is proud of his hometown but the name Boundary Street goes deep into Australia’s history and non-Indigenous Australians need to know and accept what took place.
The creator of an iconic Australian mockumentary which portrays the relationship between Aboriginal people and Australians of European descent… has questioned what Governments have really achieved in the 30 years since he wrote the original plot.
First screened in 1986…BabaKiueria revolves around a role-reversal, which sees Aboriginal Australians living in a land inhabited by white natives who have been invaded and colonised,
The role reversal cleverly highlights the unfairness of Australia’s past and present Aboriginal policies and the entrenched racism in society.
Sydney based television writer Geoffrey Atherden, who also wrote the sitcoms Mother and Son and Grass Roots, has questioned why so little has changed for Aboriginal and Islander Australians in 30 years.
Geoffrey Atherden bbq area
The Federal Minister for Indigenous affairs Nigel Scullion recently launched a new program in Western Australia, which aims to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families affected by suicide or attempted suicide receive immediate culturally appropriate family centred support.
The critical response program which received a million dollars in funding from the Turnbull government will deliver, along with existing service providers,a coordinated approach to affected families.
Western Australian based suicide prevention researcher Gerry Georgatos says the approach is a more effective response and is a step in the right direction towards reducing the significantly high suicide rates among first nation’s peoples.
Mr Georgatos says despite the program only being in practice for a matter weeks he is confident it will rolled out in the Northern Territory some time in the future.
Traditional owners living in Newcastle NSW have put out a call for action… following ongoing concerns about the threat to to a sacred Aboriginal women’s site as a housing development now threatens the site.
Awabakal woman Melinda Brown told CAAMA radio The Butterfly Cave at West Wallsend has been a safe haven for generations of women who use the site to hold ceremonies and to teach young women Aboriginal ways.
Melinda chats with Erin LIddle.
A veteran NSW Aboriginal academic says he believes there are “a lot of myths” around the presumption that equipping his people with a good white fella education will provide them with a job in the real world.
Professor Bob Morgan, a Gomeroi man from the Western Plains of NSW speaks with authority on the subject, having worked in Education for nearly four decades.
Prof Morgan has called for funding to develop new models of positive learning which will provide education that best serves his people.
Professor Bob Morgan a different take on academia
An Australian icon themed 21st birthday party sent social media into a frenzy when two party goers were captured in photographs painted black and dressed as Aboriginal people.
While there was a clear divide on social media about the costumes being racially offensive, Melbourne based social commentator Celeste Liddle says she doesn’t understand why people feel the need to paint themselves black as a part of the caricature of Aboriginal people.
Ms Liddle told CAAMA Radio she believes those who feel these depictions are acceptable have a skewed view of what racism really is.