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First Nations Women Double imprisonment Rate

Sovereign Audio Collection - Sat, 2016/02/13 - 3:34am
Doubling of female imprisonment rate in Australia almost entirely due to Aboriginal women being locked up More here

Cherbourg's Female War Heroes

Sovereign Audio Collection - Thu, 2016/02/11 - 1:20pm
There has never been any recognition for the role that Aboriginal women played during war times. Many First Nations women joined the army, but those women who were left behind, had to take on traditionally male work. Gunggari woman, Dr Ruth Hegarty, Aboriginal author, is a recipient of the Queensland Great award for her contribution to building Queensland, grew up in the dormitory in Cherbourg Aboriginal Settlement, also known as Barambah. Aunty Ruth is 86 years old, and she remembers the role women from Cherbourg played during the second World War, and the role her mother, Ruby Duncan took on during war. Aunty Ruth talks with her granddaughter, Living Black producer, Minelle Creed about those times during war, and roles women played, and how the returned men were treated when the war ended.

The living archive of Aboriginal languages

Sovereign Audio Collection - Fri, 2016/02/05 - 12:29pm
In the early 1970s, the Australian Government introduced a bilingual literacy program - known as two-way learning - for schools in the Northern Territory. The program aimed to help Indigenous students learn oral English, while learning the basics of literacy and numeracy through their own languages. The bilingual program continued for several decades, though as national standardised testing was rolled out in the 1990s, less focus and funding fell on the two-way learning approach. As the bilingual programs were phased out, the text-based resources from the initiative were in danger of degradation and loss. Read More:

Bruce Pascoe on Aboriginal agriculture

Sovereign Audio Collection - Tue, 2016/02/02 - 9:09am
Bruce Pascoe's most recent work presents a radically different picture of Australia's original inhabitants, and how they maintained their culture over millennia. From the journals and records of early explorers and surveyors, Bruce has accumulated astonishing descriptions of a pre-colonial Aboriginal life. Mitchell, Sturt and others describe scenes all around the country of Aboriginal people engineering sophisticated dwellings and irrigation systems. They also describe the cultivation of vast areas of land for yam fields; and the harvesting, storage and milling of grain crops. Bruce is of Tasmanian, Bunurong and Yuin heritage and he lives on country, deep in the Victorian bush. Source and more info:

Star Stories of the Dreaming Q&A at the Premiere Screening

Sovereign Audio Collection - Mon, 2016/02/01 - 9:18am
On the 27th January 2016 the Premiere Screening of 'Star Stories of the Dreaming' was held at the Chauvel Cinema One at Paddington Sydney.

First Nations warfare with expert Dr Ray Kerkhove

Sovereign Audio Collection - Fri, 2016/01/15 - 10:07am
This is a Phillip Adams interview with an expert on First Nations history, Dr Ray Kerkhove, who has undertaken new research on the warfare between First Nations people and the British advancement in Queensland during the 19th century - he has some interesting findings on Nations rallying together across Eastern states to fight the invaders ... and more. 'Latnight Live' ABC RN Wednesday 11 March 2015 10:20PM

Great Invasion Day speech by Marjorie Thorpe, a Gunnai woman

Sovereign Audio Collection - Mon, 2016/01/11 - 11:00pm
An excerpt from Marjorie Thorpe's speech at an Invasion Day Rally Marjorie Thorpe is a descendant of the Gunnai and Maar people of Victoria Thanks to 3CR's 'Earth Matters' program for the audio

Stolen Generations Five generations of family

Sovereign Audio Collection - Tue, 2015/12/22 - 7:43am
Cabbage Tree Island is a large, flat, teardrop of sugar cane land on a reach of the Richmond River on the New South Wales far north coast. - It is also home to the Njangbal clan of the Bundjalung people, and it is 'country' for former Jali Local Aboriginal Land Council chairwoman Sandra Bolt. - In the 1950s and 60s, Mrs Bolt's mother was assiduous in making sure the house was spick and span, and all 13 of her children were spotless ahead of the monthly inspection by the mission manager's wife — one of the few things her mother could do to stop her children being targeted by 'the welfare'. "We were all as a family kept together because my mother protected us from being taken away by the welfare, and then my little brother was drowned on Cabbage Tree Island," Mrs Bolt recalled sadly. - "That was when my family moved to Sydney, and my sister and I worked as domestics at Vaucluse." AUDIO 12:55 Bundjalung woman Sandra Bolt speaks about her family ABC NEWS The sisters met men and settled down. Mrs Bolt's sister Irene and her partner found a silver lining in a dark cloud after a workplace accident left them with enough compensation to buy a house in Balmain and a new car. - Then one day in the early 1970s, Government officers swooped and removed the youngest five of her six children, to be fostered in separate homes in different parts of the state. - The eldest child removed was just six years old.

Megan Davis, 'Recognition' defender getting cold feet

Sovereign Audio Collection - Mon, 2015/12/07 - 10:14am
A member of the newly-formed Referendum Council has questioned whether a referendum recognising Indigenous Australians in the constitution should be held at all.

The Squatters' Thesaurus By Geoff Page

Sovereign Audio Collection - Tue, 2015/11/17 - 12:36pm
TRANSCRIPT The Squatters' Thesaurus By Geoff Page The frontier runs are cleared by language. Myall niggers are dispersed. The Bible and Charles Darwin both declare the sons of Cain are cursed. Two squatters on a front verandah put their feet up to relax and talk of last month's dressing down or proper thumping of the blacks. That lad of mine, one squatter smiles, is much too keen on rushing gins. We had a parson by last month pronouncing on the seven sins. Vigorous measures must be taken. Outrages are up again. Time, it seems, to be doing the needful. They need a dusting now and then. Bodies strewn about like saplings are dragged into a pile and burnt. The future talks of settlement … and murder is a language learnt. From book: The great forgetting - 'The great forgetting' by Geoff Page is based in Canberra and has published 21 collections of poetry and five verse novels. An abiding theme in one book was Aboriginal dispossession on the Australian Frontier Wars, More: - Audio: ABC RN 'Earshot'

Elders to discuss repatriation of Mungo Man

Sovereign Audio Collection - Wed, 2015/11/04 - 4:02am
Transcript will be available shortly.

Uncle Jack Charles: Award and pay up front Taxi !

Sovereign Audio Collection - Fri, 2015/10/30 - 7:42am
Jack Charles who was awarded Victorian Senior Australian of the Year in October 2015 but was asked to pay up front for his taxi ride because he was Aboriginal. (pic courtesy of

WA Indigenous leaders propose 'healing centres' on old missions as an alternative to foster care

Sovereign Audio Collection - Thu, 2015/10/22 - 7:01am
In Western Australia the number of Aboriginal children being removed from their parents has almost doubled in the last five years. - Now Indigenous leaders are proposing that children could be looked after by elders on former missions as an alternative to foster care. - Lucy Martin reports for ABC RN 'The World Today' 22 October 2015 TRANSCRIPT:

First Nations activists fight nuclear waste shipment

Sovereign Audio Collection - Sun, 2015/10/18 - 12:48am
The first shipment of Australia's nuclear waste to be returned from reprocessing in France has now left a French port, and will arrive on our shores next month. The return of the 25 tonnes of nuclear waste is putting renewed pressure on the Federal Government to find a location for a permanent waste dump. Natalie Whiting ABC The World Today Read more + Transcript

Palm Islanders welcome compensation over police mistreatment

Sovereign Audio Collection - Wed, 2015/10/07 - 8:44am
Palm Islanders have welcomed a Court decision awarding compensation over police mistreatment after the 2004 Palm Island riot. The riot followed a police death in custody and in the aftermath, six police conducted a pre-dawn raid on a home, where they've now been found to have assaulted and falsely imprisoned a couple. Transcript:

What's sacred now? - WA Heritage Resgister

Sovereign Audio Collection - Sat, 2015/10/03 - 6:11am
Ancient rock carvings on the Burrup Peninsula are among more than 1,000 sites the WA government removed or blocked from its Aboriginal heritage register in the last two-and-a-half years. In 2012 the government created a narrower definition of sacred sites. The Supreme Court has thrown out those changes, but the government now wants a single public servant to determine sacred sites. Sarah Dingle investigates for ABC RN's Radio National - Read More

Kimberley pastoralist wants Aboriginal rangers to take on bigger firefighting role

Sovereign Audio Collection - Mon, 2015/09/28 - 9:41pm
A pastoralist from Western Australia is calling for Indigenous ranger groups to take a more active role in preventing and fighting bushfires in the Kimberley, saying the number of fires in the region was "absolutely ridiculous".6809606 Gogo Station development manager Phillip Hams wants rangers under the auspices of the Kimberley Land Council to have a greater focus on combating fires which ravage the region. Mr Hams said he would like to initiate discussions between the cattle industry, the KLC and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) to further explore the idea. "What we need to do is explore what portion they (rangers) are doing and maybe one way or another that can be increased," he said. Tom Edwards, ABC - WA Country Hour Read More:

The secret women's history of the Tasmanian Tiger

Sovereign Audio Collection - Tue, 2015/09/22 - 8:36am
Dr Robert Paddle, a comparative psychologist at the Australian Catholic University, has spent years studying the behaviour of one of Australia's most misunderstood creatures, the Thylacine, commonly known as the Tasmanian Tiger. And he is the author of the seminal go-to book on the animal's extinction, The Last Tasmanian Tiger. Lately, Dr Paddle has been researching the untold history of the women that played a part in both the animal's extinction and its conservation. These women are brought to life in They Saw a Thylacine, a new play currently running at the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne, with other venues to follow.

'Paperless arrests' in the Northern Territory

Sovereign Audio Collection - Tue, 2015/09/22 - 8:03am
ABC Radio National Background Briefing Police in Darwin have jailed nearly 1,000 Aboriginal people under new public order laws that allow detention without an arrest warrant. Following a black death in custody, the coroner said the laws should be repealed because they perpetuate and entrench Indigenous disadvantage. But the NT government is refusing to budge. So have 'paperless arrests' reduced crime? Wendy Carlisle investigates.

Aboriginal Elder Aunty Jessie Clarke turns 100

Sovereign Audio Collection - Mon, 2015/09/21 - 11:14pm
Aboriginal Elder Aunty Jessie Clarke from Bordertown (SA/Vic border) turned 100 on 21 September 2015 More than 300 friends and relatives filled the Bordertown Hall on Saturday for an early celebration of the milestone. Aunty Jessie was born at Swan Hill. Her mother was Aboriginal; her father was English. She married an Aboriginal man, Laurie Clarke, and they moved to the Bordertown area where they lived in a hut on what local white people called 'blacks' camp,' and that's where they raised eight children. Aboriginal people were not permitted to live in houses in the town. In 1964 Laurie heard word that welfare officers were coming to take their four younger children away. With help from some locals the family left in a hurry for Wolseley and in the process their hut was bulldozed along with possessions they'd intended to go back and collect. Here are some audio highlights from Saturday's celebration.


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