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In today’s bulletin (6pm):
- Sixteen new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 have been announced overnight in Queensland, including a case based in the town of Cairns. Testing has been ramped up in the Far North Queensland town, while eleven exposure sites in Cairns have been made public, including a major shopping centre.
- A group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait young people is urging youth to write to their loal MP to make sure a legislation first approach to a voice to parliament is not implemented.
- A new legal team has been set up in Alice Springs to provide free confidential advice and assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with the National Redress System.
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- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has outlined a plan of “living with coronavirus” which will include cutting some restrictions on vaccinated people once 70 per cent of the eligible population has had two vaccine doses.
- NSW has recorded 199 new locally-acquired COVID-19 infections, with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian saying workplaces and households were still the main places where the virus was transmitting.
- Queensland recorded 16 new locally-acquired cases of COVID-19 with all linked to existing cases but some infectious in the community for up to six days.
- All Australians will now be able to make free telephone calls from more than 15,000 Telestra payphones across the country
If you are living with a mental illness, speaking to someone is an important step to getting stronger support.
But for First Nations people who want to speak to someone in language or find culturally appropriate information, this can be a challenge.
A new campaign from R U OK? is looking to include such resources created by First Nations people.
Torres Strait Islander Dr Vanessa Lee-Ah Mat is the chair of the RU OK Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group who provide voices of lived experience to the campaign.
Dr Lee Ah-Mat spoke to CAAMA’s Philippe Perez in the audio below.
If you need urgent assistance, please also contact Lifeline – 13 11 14.
A design of the Yeperenye dreaming – which has been more than a year in the making – has been launched at Bradshaw Primary School in Mbantwe Alice Springs, aiming to teach young ones about the importance of the country where they learn and live on.
Bradshaw Primary School revealed the design on which was created with collaboration with local Arrente people.
The local community also raised funds for the project to be ready for NAIDOC week celebrations at the school, which has one of the highest attendance rates in the Northern Territory.
The ceremony launching the design on the concourse heard from past, present and future leaders at the school, with the school all coming together to walk the concourse.
Aboriginal Education Officer Shannan Clarke says she hopes the installation of the design strengthens local Aboriginal children’s identity and brings the local Mbantwe community together.
“We have the smartest, most cleverest kids here in this school, but we need them to fit in their way. That is where this story is. This story is to every day remind those kids [that] they are a part of history,” Ms Clarke said.
“We want our kids to not divide, we want them to be together.”
Arrente student Mikili Kerren says the design made her proud and encouraged her to speak more about culture with non Indigenous students.
“This design makes me happy inside and makes me feel better to be an Arrente person,” she said.
She told CAAMA that her school has actively encouraged her to explore her culture through bush camps.
“I think it’s a pretty good idea to go out onto country, to go out onto bush camps to learn about our country, and learn about Arrente people’s dreamings.”
Hear more in the audio interviews below (with the ABC’s Samantha Jonscher):
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- The murder trial of a Northern Territory Police officer charged with the alleged murder of Kumanjayi Walker has been rescheduled to begin on August 18.
- Northern Territory CLP Senator Dr Sam McMahon has criticised traditional owners in the Borroloola area over what she claims is false evidence given on the first day of a committee hearing into oil and gas exploration in the Beetaloo Basin.
- Lawyers representing a class action of detainees who have received a 35 million dollar payment of abuse and mistreatment say that victims of crime have the right to be angry about the payment.
- A new design of the Yeperenye dreaming has been launched at a school in Mbantwe Alice Springs.
Strong Voices: Aboriginal workers build new trail aiming to raise awareness of the cultural significance of the area
Celebrations took place at the Yeperenye/Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park near Alice Springs for the official opening of their new public walking and cycling trail between Anthwerrke (Emily Gap) and Atherrke (Jessie Gap). 30 Aboriginal workers built the trail by hand and received on the job training, while employment opportunities where passed on for locals in trail design, construction and tourism.
Across to NSW where the Lake Macquarie City Council has voted to rename two local sites following a divisive community debate about the use of racist place names.
And for First Nations people dealing with mental health concerns it can difficult for those who want to speak to someone in language or find information that is culturally appropriate, this can be a challenge. But a new campaign from R U OK is looking to include such resources created by First Nations people.
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In today’s bulletin (6 pm):
- The NT CLP opposition leader says a $35 million compensation payment to youth detainees is an affront to victims of crime, but the Labor Minister for Territory Families says that the payment should be seen in a broader context.
- The peak body for local government in the Northern Territory is urging Territorians to nominate for their local council elections.
- The NT Independent MLA for Molka, Yingiya Mark Gulya, says consultations over land usage for fracking in the Beetaloo Basin are not sufficient.
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