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Longest surviving culture has a lot to offer modern Australia: Mental Health Academic

Sat, 2016/12/10 - 1:06pm
The longest surviving culture on earth has a lot to offer modern Australia NEWS 8th Dec 2016 Indigenous mental health academic Tanja Hirvonen talks to CAAMA's Paul Wiles about how the longest surviving culture on earth has a lot to offer modern Australia...

Why western science urgently needs Aboriginal holistic knowledge to tackle 21st century issues

Sat, 2016/12/10 - 9:28am
From the series 'What keeps me Awake' ABC Radio National Dr Tony Birch Academic, educator and author of Ghost River The Bruce McGuiness Indigenous Research fellowship, Moondani Balluk Academic Unit, Victoria University

NT Royal Commission: Don Dale run like 'human storage facility'

Mon, 2016/12/05 - 10:35am
The Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory has been told the current Don Dale detention centre is being run like a human storage facility. The author of a damning report about the Territory's corrections system is giving evidence at public hearings this week. Keith Hamburger says he and his staff have been horrified at conditions inside the former adult prison which is now being used to detain young people. Featured: Keith Hamburger, 'A Safer Northern Territory through Correctional Interventions' report author Tony McAvoy SC, Senior Counsel Assisting the NT royal commission Margaret White, co-commissioner for the NT royal commission

Runaway convicts and shipwrecked Europeans living with First Nations people

Sat, 2016/12/03 - 8:13am
Between the 1790's to the 1870's, many shipwreck survivors and convict escapees managed to survive after being taken in by Australia's Indigenous communities. Living with the Locals tells the stories of some of these men, women and children. Authors John Maynard and Victoria Haskins join Patricia Karvelas in The Drawing Room. John Maynard is the Director at the Wollotuka Institute of Aboriginal Studies, University of Newcastle and Chair of Indigenous History Victoria Haskins is an Historian at the University of Newcastle ABC RN 'The Drawing Room', Producer Barbara Heggen IMAGE: 'William Buckley introduces himself to Batman's party' (State Library of Victoria) - Image touched up - to view the image in its origibal state see: - Source link:

Remote work-for-the-dole scheme 'devastating Indigenous communities'

Fri, 2016/12/02 - 11:48pm
The Federal Government's remote work-for-the-dole scheme is devastating Indigenous communities, with financial penalties causing insurmountable debt and social division, a report has found. Media player: "Space" to play, "M" to mute, "left" and "right" to seek. 00:00 00:00 AUDIO: Remote work-for-the-dole scheme failing Indigenous communities: report (PM) The Australian National University researchers described Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion's Community Development Programme (CDP) as a "policy disaster". ANU researcher and co-author Dr Kirrily Jordan said financial penalties were being applied unfairly and an example of this could be found in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands in Western Australia. "The rental arrears across the whole lands, across 12 communities, have gone up from $50,000 to $350,000, in the short space of time since CDP's been introduced," she said. ANU researcher Dr Inge Kral said she had spent 30 years working in remote communities and the latest scheme had left people struggling to feed themselves. "People with no money in families, there's no money for food, there's certainly no money for clothes — people are starving, people are begging," she said. "The whole infrastructure around stores is collapsing because there isn't the reliable secure income coming in." More:

The intersection of Aboriginal culture and the science of astronomy

Wed, 2016/11/16 - 8:16am
Australian Aboriginal culture is widely recognised as the oldest living culture in the world, but have you ever wondered what it was like for Aboriginal Australians to live by the stars? The latest study in Aboriginal astronomy has found a site that could be older than Stonehenge, and even pre-date the Great Pyramids of Giza. We talk to Dr Duane Hamacher from Monash University, and Jesse Fleay, PhD candidate at Edith Cowan University. Speaking Out with Larissa Behrendt ABC RN

Prisons are obsolete: Challenging the prison industrial complex

Sun, 2016/11/13 - 1:58am
We all know about incarceration. But have you heard of decarceration? Why do we invest so much in metal cages and punitive approaches? Are there alternatives that might create strong and safe communities, without criminalisation, surveillance and overpolicing? We hear from global critics of the prison industrial complex at the 8th international conference of the prisoners advocacy group Sisters Inside. The theme of the conference was the abolition of the prison system - and the need to find creative and long-term solutions. Source: ANC RN Presented by Daniel Browning,a Bundjalung/Kullilli man

Bennelong and Yemmerrawanyea Rendition

Fri, 2016/11/11 - 10:04pm
Bennelong and Yemmerrawanyea Rendition AUDIO: Bennelong and Yemmerawanne's song, performed in London in 1792, as notated and published by musician Edward Jones in 1811. This version is performed by Clarence Slockee and Matthew Doyle at the State Library of NSW, August 2010. More info here:

Overview of the London Agenda - International Consultative Preparatory Forum

Sun, 2016/10/30 - 7:47pm
An overview of the London Agenda - International Consultative Preparatory Forum 2016 with Michael Anderson

Each generation of Aboriginal people worse than the last: mayor of Kalgoorlie

Sat, 2016/10/29 - 10:20pm
The Mayor of Kalgoorlie says anti-social problems in Kalgoorlie are the result of bad parenting and that each generation of Aboriginal people is worse than the last. 28th October ABC RN Breakfast

The Pinjarra Massacre

Fri, 2016/10/28 - 9:40am
The story of colonial Australia is as much a story of dispossession as it is of settlement, and dispossession often went hand in hand with terrible brutality. As a result, a great many regions of Australia have massacres of Indigenous peoples woven into their story—some are widely acknowledged, some will never be fully known, and others are sources of historical argument. And so today we’re looking at a violent incident that occurred in Western Australia 178 years ago, in which 21 Nyoongar people were killed in a raid by mounted troops. The place was Pinjarra, about an hour’s drive south of Perth—and the event is variously known as the ‘Battle of Pinjarra’ or the 'Pinjarra Massacre’. And this is the point, because language and labels are powerful, and an event’s meaning in history can be summed up in a single name. Only in the last 15 to 20 years have the circumstances of the killings in 1834 been scrutinised and the evidence makes the conventional white story look very shaky. It’s the basis of a website and of a stage production called Bindjareb Pinjarra which is now on a national tour of Australia.

Alcoholic beverages before colonisation

Tue, 2016/10/25 - 3:48am
While fermented food is all rage at the moment, it's cultural heritage goes back thousands of years. Contrary to all teachings, Australia's first alcohol wasn't brought here by boat, it came from Aboriginal people fermenting their own special drink from tree sap. While fermented food is all rage at the moment, it's cultural heritage goes back thousands of years. Contrary to all teachings, Australia's first alcohol wasn't brought here by boat, it came from Aboriginal people fermenting their own special drink from tree sap and many other flowing plants and honey. This program features First Nations people using tree sap as a fermenting process. More Here: ABC RN Afternoons with Michael Mackenzie mp3 Download file:

The numbers continued to grow ... it wasn't about the best interests of the children !

Fri, 2016/10/21 - 11:16am
A former employee of the Northern Territory Department of Children and Families says that senior people within the department often fail to act in the best interest of Aboriginal children caught up in the system. Kimberley Hunter a Nygina man from the Kimberley region of Western Australia told the Royal Commission's Alice Springs community consultation into the Protection and Detention of Children that although he has spent 30 years trying to help his people while working alongside the justice system was his time working with Children and Families that left him the most concerned. Speaking on CAAMA radio Mr Hunter says the process of bringing children into the department set alarm bells ringing ... but despite expressing his thoughts on a range of issues ... the numbers continued to grow.

Wadjemup (Rottnest Island): Black prison

Thu, 2016/10/20 - 1:26am
Ask any West Australian whitefella how they feel about Rottnest Island and the responses are reverential. A holiday at Rotto is a West Australian rite of passage. But for Western Australia’s Indigenous people, the memories and the stories are very different. Beneath its glittering surface is a history of horror and suffering.

Detention centres are not places of rehabilitation, former juvenile detainees tell NT Royal Commission

Wed, 2016/10/19 - 11:29am
A former juvenile detainee says she feels relieved after speaking to the Royal Commission into Youth Detention and Child Protection in the Northern Territory. Lexi, 17, was among a small group of former juvenile inmates who attended a royal commission closed youth forum in Alice Springs this week. "It feels like a huge weight lifted off my shoulders, because telling this mob here so they can make a change to it, it makes me feel better," Lexi said.

Foundation launches million-dollar plan to record Australia's songlines

Wed, 2016/10/19 - 9:20am
One to two Indigenous languages are being lost every year, say experts who estimate if the trend continues only 50 Indigenous languages will be left by the year 2050. Experts say Australia is in the midst of a national crisis as with each year elders die and take with them the knowledge of Indigenous languages. To try to capture these languages before it becomes too late, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) has launched a foundation to record languages and songlines. Of more than 300 languages that existed pre-colonisation, fewer than half remain and all are considered endangered, many critically. Rachel Perkins, the president of the new foundation, said if action was not taken now the languages would be lost forever. "That would be a tragedy of enormous proportions," she said.

James Brennan: Aboriginal stockman turned resistance fighter

Tue, 2016/10/18 - 11:16am
He was an Aboriginal stockman, turned world war two guerrilla fighter. It’s a story that reads like the plot of an action film, but it’s actually the remarkably true tale of a local from the WA Goldfields. James Brennan was an Aboriginal stockman from Laverton whose life was shaped by battles at home and abroad. He was born into battle between settlers and Aboriginal people in the northern Goldfields, and when world war two erupted, he enlisted to fight, where once again, it was a battle that defined the next chapter of his life. ABC - Full Report

NT Royal Commissioners goes bush but how many locals know about it?

Mon, 2016/10/17 - 10:11pm
he Royal Commission into the protection and detention of children in the Northern Territory is heading out bush for a series of meetings in remote Indigenous communities. Today the commissioners are flying north from Darwin to the Tiwi Islands where Tiwi youth workers are already working on solutions for diverting young people away from the criminal justice system. But as Sara Everingham reports from the Wurrumiyanga community on Bathurst Island, there is concern that the commission has not done enough to let people know the meeting is on.

Remains of Indigenous people handed back to Aboriginal leaders in London

Sat, 2016/10/15 - 6:12am
The remains of 13 Indigenous people were handed back to Aboriginal leaders at a ceremony at Australia House in London overnight. Cambridge University and the University of Birmingham were among the institutions that returned remains as part of a repatriation process. However, some institutions like the British Museum continue to defy the wishes of indigenous people by refusing to return ancestral remains.

First Non Indigenous Overland Walk - Historian Nick Brodie

Thu, 2016/10/13 - 11:51pm
IThis virtually unknown story is of fifteen men in 1797 who became the first overlanders on this continent to walk 700 miles through 'country', from Ninety Mile Beach in Victoria to Sydney Cove. The account of William Clark's trek is evidence of the humane and generous treatment of these forlorn interlopers by First Nations Peoples, who ensured the party's survival. ABC Radio National, LNL with Phillip Adams