This week in Strong Voices, we look back at the year on the program.
In January Professor Frank Bongiorno Australian political, and cultural historian and head of the school of history at the Australian National University questioned how as a nation we can mark and respect the love of country felt by so many settler Australians -when that same country was taken from the First Nations whose love for it is as intense as the pain of their loss?”
In April this year residents of Alice Springs saw another edition of Parrtjima be held in the town’s Desert Park. CAAMA’s Jenni Hubert caught up with Festival curator Rhoda Roberts.
In May, a campaign was launched to build the country’s first national truth-telling museum and healing centre for survivors of the Stolen Generations and their families.
CAAMA’s Josef Jakkamarra Egger spoke with Kinchela Chairperson, and Stolen Generation survivor Uncle James Michael ‘Widdy’ Welsh.
In June, residents of Ltyentye Apurte Santa Teresa celebrated the relaunch of their new sports oval, which brought improved facilities for AFL teams playing in the community.
The formerly dusty oval has now fully been grassed with the MCG sending goalposts to the remote community, new lights installed care of raised funds from traditional owners and a new irrigation system that uses heavily filtered local bore water.
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