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Assimilation & Oppression

Loss signals lessons yet to be learnt on custody deaths

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In a tragedy that has again ­invoked the shameful record of black deaths in custody in Western Australia, the Aboriginal woman — about to see a doctor for a suspected leg infection when arrested earlier this month — had begged to be hospitalised instead of kept in jail.

This is another appalling example of a young person in her prime, murdered by a system where justice means disrespect, punishment and torture to harmless people and billions to the rich. [node:read-more:link]

Rejecting Constitution Recognition - Reconciliation begins with the truth of history

When this country is built on truth it will lay a solid foundation for the nation to come to maturity and accept the past, deal with it, and then find it within their hearts to pay respects to the First Nation people as equals and not an imitation of the 1901 model of the master and slave relationship.

Kerry Blackman, First Nations Justice Leader, writes about the Constitution Recognition farce. [node:read-more:link]

Australia: NAIDOC glorifies Aboriginal involvement in World War I

When it comes to First Nations people, the government never does anything without having a very devious agenda. So following 100 years of a deplorable lack of respect and disregard for First Nations soldiers, then there is suddenly recognition, beware.

The intensive propaganda campaign is designed to whitewash the real nature of WWI, drown out opposition to war and boost military enlistments. [node:read-more:link]

Fred Chaney's absolute deceit – learn from the past and beware of "Recognise"

Fred Chaney made a career out of undermining First Nations' struggle for self-determination and he still promotes assimilation by leading our young people under the banner of 'Recognise'.

"In 1979, Fred Chaney committed a major illegal, immoral and unethical act against the Aboriginal Peoples of Aurukun, Mornington Island and Doomadgee when he, as the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, commenced a legal challenge to the Queensland Government's proposal to establish the Deeds of Grants in Trust (DoGiT's) for these communities. [node:read-more:link]

'I was stolen from my mother when I was two years old'

It was 1943, I was two years old and my mother - an Aborigine - was married to a white Australian when he went and gave his life for our country.

My father was a soldier and was killed on the Kokoda Track and instead of giving his wife a war widow's pension, the bloody government came and took his children away. Because of my mother's Aboriginality. There were four children at that point in time and I was the third. We were split up, the four of us, we were split. [node:read-more:link]

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