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Federal Government reaches $100 million deal with states to provide services in First Nations communities

The Federal Government has struck a $100 million deal with Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania and Victoria for the provision of basic services in remote Aboriginal communities. Under the deal, the states would take permanent responsibility to provide services like power, water and roads - areas the Commonwealth managed in the past. Nigel Scullion set up the deal but South Australian Government won't agree and the WA government said they agreed under great pressure. [node:read-more:link]

Archbishop Tutu’s Prayer for the Rights of Aboriginal Peoples

Tutu

On World Peace Day 2014, I pray for the rights of the Aboriginal Peoples of Australia to determine their own destiny.

It is a severe indictment on Australia that many of its indigenous people still feel that their culture and dignity are being eroded, and that they continue to be treated as second class citizens – 42 years after the country signed the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. [node:read-more:link]

First Nations jazz singer finds stolen family in North West WA

Lois Olney was always told her mother had put her up for adoption, but a note scrawled on a pie wrapper and passed to her while singing on stage gave the first inkling she was stolen as a baby. Lois discovered her extended family in Roebourne Western Australia.

Lois had been adopted by the Olney family, with her adoptive father being Howard Olney who went on to become a state Labor politician, and then a Justice of the Supreme Court. [node:read-more:link]

Language diversity threatened in areas with high economic growth, study

When languages die, especially indigenous ones, a large part of culture and history disappears along with it

High rates of economic growth are a driving factor behind global language extinction, with one-quarter of all native tongues classified as "threatened," a new report has said.

Out of around 6,000 languages around the globe, 1,705 fit the criteria for "threatened" status. [node:read-more:link]

First Nations Women’s Ceremonial Walk for Freedom

We have seen enough of the poverty in our communities when the rest of Australia are growing rich on the proceeds of genocide through the loss of our homelands through real estate and mining.

We have seen enough of the self-medicating blocking out from our trauma and grief and the dysfunction this brings. We need our own healing camps and safe places for the community to come to in times of despair. [node:read-more:link]

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