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
Back in 2009, the CAAMA team interviewed Akon at his concert and presented him with Aboriginal artworks from Central Australia! Here’s what he had to say to his Aboriginal fans in communities.
Ray Jackson a Wiradjuri man from Redfern and long-time Aboriginal rights campaigner has responded to controversial comments made by Gary Johns in a recent opinion piece. Ray Jackson had a chat with Kyle Dowling strongly voicing his opinion of the former minister stating that forced contraception is deeply unfair and the decision was made under the perception that all on welfare payments are freeloaders.
Ray Jackson also expressed his frustration as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family were cited by Gary Johns when discussing that some people should not be parents all together especially at the expense of the tax payers.
The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia is the peak body of over 20 community controlled health services across Australia. The Council recently launched a campaign highlighting the benefits of Aboriginal communities in response to the state Governments Western Australian remote community closure announcement.
Michelle Nelson-Cox had a chat with Kyle Dowling regarding the campaign, outlining what these benefits are and just how significant this will be on the Aboriginal people living in these remote communities.
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.
In an interview with Seven network, former Prime Minister John Howard says he did not apologise to the Stolen Generations as he did not believe any genocide had taken place, and that Government’s should not apologise for actions of their predecessors when it comes to treatment of Aboriginal people! Watch the video:
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 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.