Lets just paint the real picture here – these young people are having quiche for breakfast!

A back to the future program, which is meeting seven closing the gap targets in a remote Centralian community, has sent a powerful message to government that with the right approach young Aboriginal people can remain on country and have job security into the future.

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In the  1960s and 70s the community of Warrabri (currently known as Ali Curung) located 378 km north of Alice Springs had huge market gardens which supplied not only its own people but Tennant Creek and surrounding pastoral leases with fresh fruit and vegetables.

Business strategy manager with the Centrefarm Work Experience Pilot Program at Ali Curung Joe Clark. Picture: Paul Wiles/CAAMA

Joe Clark (pictured) is a business strategy manager with the Centrefarm Work Experience Pilot Program at Ali Curung. He says two and a half years ago he had to think outside of the box to create job pathways for young people in the community which would allow them to stay on country. At the time he had very little government support.

Mr Clark told CAAMA that Traditional Owners and community members had put a substantial amount of their own lease money into the project for the future generations.

Listen to the full interview with Joe Clark from Centrefarm here:

CAAMA Radio News 16-12-2021

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CAAMA Radio News, December 16 2021

In today’s bulletin (6pm):

  • Details surrounding a trial of youth centre hubs to be located in Mbantwe Alice Springs town camps have been revealed today.
  • There have been no locally acquired cases recorded in the NT overnight, with only one case of COVID arriving from a repatriation flight from South Africa.
  • Canada is looking to setting aside nearly 44 billion dollars to compensate Canada’s First Nations children who were in foster care suffering discrimination in boarding schools.

Plus more

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CAAMA Radio News 15-12-2021

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CAAMA Radio News, December 15 2021

In today’s bulletin (6pm):

  • The Gunner Government have made changes to restrictions for Territory arrivals ahead of the relaxed border rules from December 20, meanwhile there has been four new locally cases of COVID recorded in the NT, both of them currently in quarantine.
  • A First Nations lawyer and academic is calling on the Federal Government to step in and stop Western Australia’s Aboriginal Heritage laws
  • A collaboration of Indigenous organisations are calling for urgent action to create significant growth in employment in remote Indigenous communities.

Plus more

CAAMA Radio produces four local news bulletins airing at 10am, 12pm, 4pm and 6pm every weekday.

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CAAMA Radio News, December 14 2021

In today’s bulletin (6pm):

  • The Northern Territory has recorded one new case of COVID-19- a close contact of another case that tested positive in Howard Springs. This brings the total number of confirmed cases related to the current outbreak to 88.
  • The Northern Territory’s body looking after sacred sites were not told about how much groundwater was going to be extracted at Singlton Station.
  • The Northern Territory honored its top First Nations student in a ceremony in Darwin yesterday.
  • The WA Aboriginal Heritage Act will likely be passed in the state’s parliament today, despite the United Nations expressing concern the bill
  • Two bronze statues of important Eora leaders have been unveiled in a ceremony on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour yesterday.
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CAAMA NEWS 13-12-2021

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CAAMA Radio News, December 13 2021

In today’s bulletin (6pm):

  • The Northern Territory  recorded its highest daily case increase of 17 new covid cases  – 16 of these  linked to the current outbreak in Katherine . The new cases bring the total number in the current outbreak to 87.
  • Residents in Tennant Creek and five remote communities in the Katherine region will have to wear face masks for the next  2  days after the government implemented  a 72 hour mandate on Sunday afternoon following positive wastewater results.
  • Victoria  recorded  1290  new cases and two deaths.
  • NSW recorded 536 COVID-19 cases and no deaths.
  •  Tributes are flowing from across the nation following the death of  respected Yuin elder and cultural man Uncle Max Dulumunmun Harrison.
  • A new group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business owners have been selected as part of a new group to support Indigenous economic development in Northern Australia.
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Sharing stories on big and little screens across the country

A still from the film, 'The Eagle, the Crow and the Bat' from the SharingStories Foundation.

Three new short films which put culture and language front and centre in their storytelling have recently premiered at the Sydney Film Festival and aim to show the importance of telling creation stories for young First Nations people across the country.

The three new films are all from specific communities and are part of a growing collection called Stories from the Country, which is overseen by the SharingStories Foundation (SSF).

Students at St Peters Primary School in Bendigo working on costumes for shadow screen interpretations of the story of The Eagle, the Crow and the Bat. Picture: Liz Thompson

One of those films, called The Eagle, the Crow and the Bat was shown in a number of film screenings and was created by the Jarra/Djadjawurrung community with the help and narration from senior Cultural Custodians Uncle Brien Nelson and his son Uncle Rick Nelson.

The film tells the story of why the Eagle is the Lord of the Highlands, how the Crow discovered fire and protects the lowlands and how the Bat is seen as the peacekeeper. 

Children from the Meeting Place Castlemaine and St Peters Primary School in Bendigo, worked with SSF to create the animated film.  

Making of The Eagle, the Crow and the Bat from the SharingStories Foundation.

From left: SharingStories Foundation CEO Liz Thompson (Picture: Lorrie Graham) and Senior Jaara Cultural Custodian Uncle Rick Nelson (Picture: Liz Thompson).

CAAMA’s Philippe Perez spoke to SSF CEO Liz Thompson, SSF Director Education and Partnership Development and Pitta Pitta and Warluwarra woman Sharon Williams and Senior Jarra Custodian Uncle Rick Nelson who narrated The Eagle, the Crow and the Bat (audio below).

The other two films were shown on rotation in Sydney’s Pitt Street for the duration of the film festival:

The Frog and Brolga (Jirraginy Joo Goorrarndal: Frog and Brolga) from the Gija community is a Creation story that tells of an event at the Gawarre (Bungle Bungles) brought into being the plants, animals and the Gija people of the East Kimberley region, the film was directed by Gija Elder and Gawarre Traditional Owner Shirley Drill, and SSF’s Taz Miller. 

An image from the film The Frog and Brolga (Jirraginy Joo Goorrarndal: Frog and Brolga). The film was shown as part of the 2021 Sydney Film Festival in the city’s Pitt Street. Picture: SharingStories Foundation

Dunggula: The Murray River from the Bandgerang community looks at the Creation story of the Murray River, and tells the story of Biami the powerful creator and the journey of Gunyuk – the wise old lady who travelled a great distance to bring water to her people.

The film is based on a story shared by Bangerang Elder, the late Uncle Sandy Atkinson, and was directed by Irene Hamlyn with SSF’s Taz Miller and Daen Sansbury-Smith.

Each story comes with educational ebook resources and materials which are all for free and downloadable. They aim to further expand on the stories with interactive maps, incorporating drone footage. Picture: SharingStories Foundation

The Foundation aims to provide accessible ways of telling creation stories in their languages, as well localised teaching young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about their country and lands that they live on.

All films look to educate young people in their communities and beyond with free resources and downloadable ebook material – all films and materials are available from SSF’s website.

Feature image Still image from ‘The Eagle, the Crow and the Bat’. Picture: SharingStories Foundation

Purple bench launched at CDU to raise awareness of domestic violence

Wendy Lever-Henderson (right) at the launch of the purple bench CDU Alice Springs campus earlier this month. Alos pictured is CDU's Vice-Chancellor for Central Australia Jay Walker. Picture: Charles Darwin University

The Alice Springs campus of Charles Darwin University (CDU) has installed the Northern Territory’s first Purple Bench, continuing a worldwide movement to honour domestic violence victims.

The bench is part of a movement that began in Canada in 2015 and was made locally. It has a plaque installed on it with information on where to get support if they or someone they know is being affected by family violence.

Community Services Lecturer in the College of Health & Human Services at CDU Wendy Lever Henderson says the bench acts as a community service and honours women who have dies as a result of family violence.

There are plans to install the benches at the CDU’s Katherine and Casuarina campuses and a number of free public information sessions on family violence will be held at the Charles Darwin University campuses in upcoming months.

Wendy Lever-Henderson Wendy Lever-Henderson has been working in the community services sector for more than 20 years. She recently launched the first purple bench at Charles Darwin University’s Alice Springs campus. Picture: Charles Darwin University

If you need urgent assistance in relation to family violence, please contact 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or via www.1800respect.org.au. Call 000 in an emergency.

Wendy Lever Henderson spoke to CAAMA’s Philippe Perez (audio below):

New Northern Australia Indigenous Reference Group announced

Federal Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud. Picture: Public Domain

A new group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business owners have been selected as part of a new group to support Indigenous economic development throughout Northern Australia.

The new group will follow on from the work of the Northern Australia Indigenous Reference Group, which was initially established in 2017.

Six new members will provide advice to state and federal governments and make sure the interests of Indigenous landowners, communities and businesses are represented in the Northern Australian economic agenda.

Two Territorians were selected as part of the new group – Tara Craigie and Jerome Cubillo.

Ms Craigie previously ran the Real Jobs Program for the NT Cattlemen’s Association which aimed to improve the amount of Aboriginal Territorians working in the agriculture sector in the NT. She currently runs the Aboriginal-led Warrigundu Station.

Larrakia Nation man and Torres Strait Islander man and CEO of the Northern Territory Indigenous Business Network Jerome Cubillo has also been appointed into the group.

The group will be chaired by Indjalandji-Dhidhanu man Assoc Prof Colin Saltmere (Chair) who leads the ongoing development and expansion of Indigenous civil construction, hospitality, catering, labour-hire and training businesses throughout West Isa and Alpurrurulam regions.

CEO of the Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council Troy Fraser, CEO of the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation Peter Jeffries and the country’s first Aboriginal female electrician and current CEO of MJB Solutions Gillian Mailman have also been appointed to the group.

Acting Leader of the Nationals and Minister for Northern Australia David Littleproud spoke to CAAMA’s Philippe Perez about the new group, as well as the Beetaloo Basin and more borders opening up across Australia (audio below):

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Note: This article initially published that Gillian Mailman was Australia’s first Aboriginal electrician. This is incorrect, she is Australia’s first Aboriginal female electrician.

I think people are starting to take it all on board – but it’s been a long time coming.

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Veteran Northern Territory Stolen Generations  advocate Eileen Cummings says she  could never  begin to reconcile  events of the past until  the Commonwealth  government  had acknowledged the pain and suffering it had  caused .

EILEEN Cummings, who is now 78, has written to every Prime Minister for the last thirty years working tirelessly to ensure that the Australian government acknowledge the trauma inflicted on children of the NT Stolen Generations.

Last week the Territories’ Stolen Generations Redress Scheme Bill, which will compensate and support survivors of the Stolen Generations from the N.T or the ACT was passed by the Senate. Eligible survivors  will be able to  apply  for a one off payment of $75,000  from March 1 2022  in recognition of the harm caused by forcible removal and a further $7000 to healing and support services.

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Strong Voices: Acknowledgement of trauma a long time coming

The Senate passed The Territories’ Stolen Generations Redress Scheme Bill last week. The bill will compensate and support survivors of the Stolen Generations from the NT and the ACT.

The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care or SNAICC released their Family Matters report this week. The report shows concerning trends such as low rates of Aboriginal children reuniting with their families this past financial year.

And the Tangentyere Women’s Safety Group released a series of guidelines for media and people working in communications. The guidelines cover how to report ethically on domestic family and sexual violence.

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