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Amplatawatja School Concert

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.

Brothers Show – Domestic Violence



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.




Gomeroi people call for transparency over native title deal with coal company.


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.


Lawyer gives insight in day one of the coronial inquest.


Day one of the coronial inquest into the death of a 22-year-old Aboriginal woman in a Western Australian police lockup last year has revealed a disturbing culture of apathy and neglect.

Ruth Barson, Senior Legal Officer with the Melbourne based Human Rights Law Centre says Western Australia’s incarceration rates are an injustice which reflect poorly on the entire State and  called  on the Barnett Government to implement reforms already  in place in other jurisdictions  across the country

.Ruth Barson – day two coronial inquest

New program looking to improve oral health in remote communities.

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.

Waringarri Radio win Excellence in Indigenous Broadcasting

Waringarri Radio have taken out the Excellence in Indigenous Broadcasting at the CBAA Awards night in Terrigal NSW. Waringarri Radio are the Aboriginal voice of the North East Kimberley.

Waringarri Radio 6WR is part of the Waringarri Media Aboriginal Corporation, a successfully locally owned not-for-profit organisation operating for over 25 years.

On top of providing quality radio service, the key objectives of the organisation are to reinforce indigenous cultural identity, promote trust and friendship among Aboriginal people and the wider Australian community, and provide training and employment to Aboriginal people.

Lorena Walker has a chat with CEO of Waringarri Radio Bokola Esin about winning the award the importance of community radio, networking and working with the youth.

Aboriginal Tour venture inducted in the SA Tourism Awards Hall Of Fame


Photo: Aboriginal Cultural Tours – South Australia

Quenten Aiguss owner operator of Aboriginal Cultural Tours which covers the state’s mid north and Yorke Peninsula says it is vital to keep his culture strong and to share it with people from across the world.

Mr. Auigus told CAAMA radio that while it’s important to share his culture with international visitors it’s also crucial for his people to think about operating their own businesses as this can have a positive impact on the local community.

Aboriginal Cultural Tours – South Australia was inducted into the SA Tourism Awards Hall of Fame after winning best Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism experience three years running.

CAAMA news 11-11-2015

CAAMA News Team: Damien Williams, Mikaela Simpson, Kyle Dowling, Lorena Walker.

Australia faced a torrid day of questioning by the United Nations Human Rights Council about ongoing disadvantage and discrimination faced by aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

A veteran WA based researcher has questioned the Government’s resolve following its response to the UN’s inquiry.

A significant increase in numbers of Aboriginal people across the Northern Territory who are living with a rare genetic disease is believed to have been a major influence by the Federal Court to uphold a $10 million grant to the Machado-Joseph Disorder Foundation.


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Machado- Josheph Disease Foundation holds on to $10m grant

A significant increase in numbers of Aboriginal people across the Northern Territory who are living with a rare genetic disease is believed to have been a major influence by the Federal Court to uphold a $10 million grant to the Machado-Joseph Disorder Foundation.

Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion had challenged the grant from the Aboriginals Benefit Account but the court ruled he did not have the power to revoke the grant which was implemented by former Labor Minister Jenny Macklin.

CEO of MJD Foundation Nardia Lindop told CAAMA Radio the outcome is positive and they will now be able to start working in the communities where people who are suffering with the disease to ensure they receive   medical treatment and are looked after.

The MJD Foundation was established in 2008 to improve quality of life for Aboriginal people and their families in Arnhem Land and beyond that are living with Machado Joseph Disease.

Australia’s Aboriginal history – why we need it in schools !

Dennis Mitchell Principal of Ranfurly Primary School in Muldura. photo - courtesy of the ABC

Dennis Mitchell Principal of Ranfurly Primary School in Muldura. photo – courtesy of the ABC

A Victorian based Aboriginal educator says it is important to acknowledge specific indigenous events and places that have had a significant role in the development of Australia’s history.

Dennis Mitchell  a Narranga-Kurarna man and Principal of Ranfurly Primary School in Mildura has recently been recognised for his leadership in the local Aboriginal community being named an Adjunct professor for La Trobe University.

Mr Mitchell says key parts of Australia’s Aboriginal history need to become a part of the school curriculum,as this will help the wider community better understand its heritage and break existing stigma and fear about teaching Aboriginal history in schools.

Mr Mitchell says greater community engagement with Aboriginal places and events of the past will ensure all children achieve an understanding of their history from both perspectives.

Nuclear Fuel Cycle Concerns: What will it mean for the people

Karina Lester

A South Australia a Native title group has voiced concern about the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission’s consultation process with its people saying that vital information may be misinterpreted.

Yankunytjatjara Native Title Aboriginal Corporation CEO Karin Lester has questioned how many aboriginal people really understand the consultations that are taking place in communities.

Ms Lester says vital information may not be passed on because many of the words have no translation in Aboriginal languages.

Karina Lester

CAAMA News 10-011-2015

CAAMA News Team: Damien Williams, Paul Wiles, Kyle Dowling, Lorena Walker

A leading Australian researcher into the mental health and well-being of Australia’s ageing population says urban based Aboriginal people like their remote counterparts are still traumatized from the effects of being removed from their country.

Remains which helped identify the lifespan of Aboriginal people’s time on earth have been handed back to the traditional owners.

A Victorian based Aboriginal educator says it is important to acknowledge specific indigenous events and places that have had a significant role in the development of Australia’s history.


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