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The Tasmanian Aboriginal land Council are calling on the State Government to speed up its responses to land claims.
A new program spruiking lagauge and the law is aiming to bridge the divide between Aboriginal people and the the crimial justice system.
Closer to home where Northern Territory Indigenous activist Tilmouth sadly passed away at the weekend
Mr. Tillmouth was a long-time member of the Labor Party, and in the late 1990s was the frontrunner to be pre-selected as the party’s senator for the NT…
And Finally to Canberra where The National Museum of Australia says that a controversial exhibition of Aboriginal Artefacts collected by Captain James Cook will be returned to Australia for the first time 245 years…
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Here’s the latest in Aboriginal news for this week. Redfern Tent Embassy refuses eviction, relief for Arnhem Land communities after Cyclone Lam, and Victoria defeats Queensland in the Sheffield Shield in Alice Springs.
A valuable historical collection of photos of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performance troupe are being displayed in an exhibition called ‘Wild Australia’ in the Anthropology museum at the University of Queensland.
The earliest know photo of the troupe was taken in 1892 at St Lucia in Brisbane where members gathered for a dress rehearsal. They had come from the Indigenous groups of Wakaya, Kuthant, Kurtjar, Arapa, Walangama, Mayikulan, Kabi Kabi, Kaladoon and Muralag.
Professor Paul Memmott director of the Aboriginal Environments Research Center says that the images are “mostly men” however, there are four women and one child in the troupe of 27.
The photographers were at the time some of the leading photographers in the country. The Museum Director Dr. Dianna Young who commissioned the exhibition says it’s an important contribution to Australia’s history and says our past should be acknowledged.
Photo Courtesy: SBS.com.au
The recent report on Aboriginal Heart Health is being dubbed as one of the ‘most comprehensive every published in Western Australia.’ The report uncovers that although the Gap for Cardio Vascular disease among Aboriginal people is slowly decreasing there is still a lot to be done to close the Health inequalities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.
Report Author Dr. Judy Katzenellenbogen says that the work needs to start with our hospital systems and out of hospital care. While programs need to be in place to help Aboriginal people when it comes to smoking and things that lead to heart attacks.
She says that recent reports reveal a significant decline in chronic diseases including heart disease however, despite these efforts there is still a lot of work to be done.
6 emergency services volunteers from Ntaria (Hermannsberg) flew to Milingimbi to help rebuild the community after the destruction of Cyclone Lam. Max Baliva who runs the Ntaria NTES unit combined forces with Gerard Lessels, the co-ordinator of the Tjuwanpa Women’s Rangers, to train 4 of their best rangers to become a specialised emergency services team.
Sonya Braybon (Ntaria Ranger), Sheranne Brogas (Ntaria Ranger), Christine Cameron (Ntaria Ranger), and Diane Chanut (Finke Gorge National Park Ranger) learned skills in using chainsaws and now plan to put them to good use clearing fallen trees in the Milingimbi community. This is the first time Ntaria has been able to send a team this large to aid another community, and we couldn’t be more proud of this mob!
Residents of The Block received a move on order last week. Evictions are nothing new to the block these recent evictions could be the final chapter in the ongoing feud.
Jenny Munro has told CAAMA Radio that she is committed to standing her ground to the protect the block from commercial development, rather she says, it should be used for what it was set aside for and that is Aboriginal housing.
The company behind the multi million dollar project set for the Block say they too are committed to ensuring Aboriginal Housing is also built on the site.
The Aboriginal Housing Company were set to meet with Redfern residents at the inner Sydney site on Tuesday afternoon. However, due to an overwhelming presence of media at the site the AHC declined the meeting instead they say they would like the mediation to be “more constructive” rather than “a publicity opportunity.”
The AHC say they will continue to strive to to make sure the Block remains Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned and controlled into the future.
CAAMA News Team: Justin Fenwick, Kyle Dowling, Donna Campbell, Mikaela Simpson, Damien Williams
New child protection legislation has been introduced in the Northern Territory to provide a more stable upbringing for children in foster care
A new report into Heart Health is being labelled as the most comprehensive report ever published in Western Australia
Over to New South Wales where residents from Redfern’s The Block were due to meet with the Aboriginal Housing Company on Tuesday afternoon, however due to an overwhelming media presence at the site, AHC say they wish to reschedule, so that the mediation could take place in a constructive way, rather than as a publicity stunt
Staying in NSW where an Aboriginal Researcher who has been awarded the Prestigious Fullbright Scholarship says he will further his research on Indigenous entrepreneurship and social enterprise
Dementia is five times more common among Aboriginal people. Currently across the nation there are 25,000 Australians who are affected by young onset dementia. If there is no medical breakthrough or advancement the number of people with young onset dementia is set to rise by 48% by 2050.
Now vital funding for essential support programs could be on the chopping block. Which will force the young people living with dementia into residential aged care earlier than they should.
CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia Carol Bennett told CAAMA Radio that residential aged care for people under 65 people suffering dementia isn’t a solution the problem which seems to be getting worse.
CAAMA news team: Damien Williams, Donna Campbell, Kyle Dowling, Justin Fenwick
The stand-off between Redfern locals at the Block and Aboriginal Housing Company is continuing with social commentator’s weighing in on the debate, the Co-Founder of an online new source has expressed his thoughts and concerns surrounding the current Redfern evictions.
Keeping in Redfern and long-time Aboriginal Rights Campaigner Ray Jackson has spoken out about his concerns surrounding the meeting with Aboriginal Housing Company.
Young onset Dementia is on the rise across Australia and is set to affect more than 37,000 people by 2050. However, vital funding for essential support programs is now under threat.
A group of Central Australian Northern Territory Emergency Services Volunteers are jetting off to a Top End community to help with disaster relief in the wake of Cyclone Lam.
Image courtesy of Redfern Tent Embassy facebook page
The situation at the Redfern Tent Embassy continues to develop with meetings taking place today between Redfern residents and the Aboriginal Housing Company. The details of the meeting are still undisclosed until a completion of the proceedings is achieved.
Ray Jackson a Wiradjuri man from Redfern and long-time Aboriginal rights campaigner had a chat with Kyle Dowling providing an on the ground update as the situation unfolds. Mr Jackson was discontent with the proposed plan feeling as though the original project that was accepted by the Redfern community and the NSW Government had been scrapped by the Aboriginal Housing Company, with several changes such as an unexpected student accommodation for University students.
Tensions remain high with Redfern residents and the Aboriginal Housing Company continuing to hold their ground firmly. Mr Jackson recognised the Aboriginal Housing Companies position but would like the community to be heard so that affordable housing is available for Aboriginal elders and families.
Mr Jackson is concerned with the conflicting perspectives of Redfern residents and the Aboriginal Housing Company, but is gladdened by the turnout of supporters from all walks of life. All those involved eagerly await an outcome, which could result in Aboriginal residents being evicted from the Block.
US television series 2 Broke Girls is in hot water after a racially insensitive joke aired on Tuesday the 17th of February regarding an Aboriginal women. Since the episode aired Australians took to social media voicing their anger and displeasure.
Celeste Liddle, a national indigenous organiser of the tertiary education union was surprised by the racial slur calling for a broader level of education in Australian society to end offensive perceptions of Aboriginal people. Ms Liddle believes the international perceptions were a result of the ‘deep seeded cultural ignorance’ in Australia expressing her disappoint of the airing of the episode last week. The 9 Network has not released a statement at this time.