Indigenous Literacy Day – helping children learn their language

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Feature Image – Tiwi Regional Co-ordinator for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation Tic Tac Moore. Photo credit: Tiffany Parker

Today is Indigenous Literacy Day, celebrating reading in remote communities throughout the lands.

Non-profit organisation the Indigenous Literacy Foundation is celebrating reading stories in languages such as Kriol, Tiwi and Arabana and are also demonstrating to remote communities the importance of reading to children in their language – all via the day’s website.

The Foundation also encourages schools to undertake workshops with elders and other members of the community to write books in their local language which is showcased throughout the day with many videos.

Katherine Regional Co-ordinator for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation Josie Lardy. Photo credit: Katherine Morrow

Jilkminggan and Mangarrayi woman Josie Lardy, who is also a regional coordinator for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation in Katherine, told CAAMA that the differences in reading English and books in Aboriginal languages are enormous for children in communities.

Tiwi woman Tic Tac Moore who has recently joined the translation program, says her first year working on getting support and translating books is already showing great results.

CAAMA’s Philippe Perez spoke to both Ms Lardy and Ms Moore (audio below).

Josie Lardy and Tic Tac Moore speaking to CAAMA’s Philippe Perez

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CAAMA Radio News, August 31 2021

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In today’s bulletin (6pm):

  • NSW Deputy Premier ahs placed blame on the Federal Government for not taking responsibility in vaccinating enough First Nations people in Phase 1A and Phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout,
  • Meanwhile Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Ken Wyatt says there is a high vaccine hesitancy within communities which are keeping rates low.
  • The Western Arrernte Football Club is calling on the Ntaria Hermannsburg community to keep safe ahead of the CAFL Community Cup Final Day this upcoming weekend.

Plus more

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

Keeping your mob safe

Central Australia’s peak provider of health services to Aboriginal  people is “ very worried” about  possible  health outcomes  for any of its clients over forty who remain unvaccinated during the current interstate spike in coronavirus.

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Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Medical Director, Dr Sam Heard, says Congress is very keen to reassure its clients about the safety of  the vaccine that they’re using.Dr Heard told CAAMA that while large family households remain the biggest risk factor for spreading covid.. Aboriginal staff at Congress are working hard to educate clients about the significance of being vaccinated.

Aboriginal men urged to vaccinate against COVID

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Research Officer for Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Ken Lechleitner. Photo credit: Philippe Perez/CAAMA

Western Arrernte and Anmatjere man and Research Officer for Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Ken Lechleitner is urging men to get vaccinated to protect themselves against COVID-19 as soon as possible

He says that it is inevitable that COVID-19 will be seen in Northern Territory communities, but that it was important to be protected when it does come.

Today an information session at the Ingkintja Male Health Service was held for Congress clients where people would also have an opportunity to walk in and protect themselves.

Mr Leichletner says the better informed the community are on the safety of vaccines, the less harmful the virus will be.

He speaks here to CAAMA’s Philippe Perez.

CAAMA Radio News, August 30 2021

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In today’s bulletin (6pm):

  • A man in his 50s who died from Covid-19 at Dubbo Hospital is the first Aboriginal person to die from the virus since the pandemic began.
  • A death in custody has been recorded at the Holtze Prison in the rural area of Darwin, with police saying further details to preparing a report for the coroner
  • Vote counting will continue today to determine who will become the next mayor for both the Alice Springs and Barkly Regional councils with the result too close to call.

Plus more

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

“Instead of saying I’m talking crazy – maybe think about what I’m saying!”

A former Northern Territory politician has raised important questions about why many First Nations Australians fail to vote in local, state and Federal elections.

Matthew Bonson is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian who represented the Top End seat of Millner from 2001 to 2008. He worked as a lawyer before entering politics where he went on to become the Minister Assisting the Chief Minister on Multicultural Affairs.

Mr Bonson also served as the CEO of the Council for Aboriginal Alcohol Programs, the largest alcohol residential service in the Northern Territory and has contributed to the Commonwealth Government’s policy on the Northern Territory Intervention.

“The real question we should be asking is: have they made a choice not to vote?”

Speaking about the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the Voice to Parliament on CAAMA Radio Mr Bonson spoke of “the need to decolonize our minds” on the issue of voting. Drawing on the knowledge and wisdom of Top End Aboriginal Elders, Mr Bonson challenged preconceived ideas about voting in a system which many of his people believe do not truly represent them.

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CAAMA Sports Show 27th August

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CAAMA Sports Show announcers August 27

The CAAMA Sports show is back for another action packed show.

2021 mayoral candidates for Mparntwe Alice Springs

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Alice Springs Town Council ahead of 2021 local government elections.

Ahead of the local council elections in Mparntwe Alice Springs we heard from every mayoral candidate. Listen below to hear what each candidate had to say. CAAMA also spoke with all the candidates for council.

CAAMA Radio News, August 27 2021

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CAAMA Radio News, August 27 2021

In today’s bulletin (6pm):

  • The Northern Territory council of government school organisations NT COSGO has welcomed the decision by the Territory Government to provide the COVID-19 vaccine in schools.
  • The CEO of the Orange Aboriginal Medical Service says the amount of vaccines per fortnight is not enough to vaccinate the whole population of his region reduce the spread of the virus.
  • Council elections across the territory have seen a good early turnout in urban areas, with lockdowns in Katherine and Darwin not making too much difference to voting numbers.

Plus more

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

Alice Springs Town Council Elections 2021 – candidates share their thoughts

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Q: What are the top issues council should look at to improve (Mparntwe) Alice Springs’ liveability?


James Dash

The development of the mall, the pool, all the other things in this town that make the town what it is. I reckon this is the best place in the world to live

Marli Banks

We need to make sure that the role of advocacy on the council really focuses around community safety

Jimmy Cocking

We’ve got to work better with the community to improve community safety

Allison Bitar

None of our playgrounds have shade on them. We need to make sure that our kids are able to have fun and safely play

Aaron Blacker

Repairing the relationship between the council and the rate payers is the first priority

Catherine Satour

There’s going to be alot of work that’s going to need focus on budget recovery and also management of COVID recovery

Angus McIvor

We have to get everyone vaccinated otherwise tourism is going to fail

Kim Hopper

We spend a lot of time inside over summer and that can’t be helped, but we can design and prepare for a future where it is going to be warmer

Steve Brown

The number one priority on my list is the twenty four hour youth center, because dealing with the youth issues and getting these kids into a place where they can be looked after and eventually helped into education and mentored into jobs…will make an enormous difference to every aspect of Alice Springs

Wayne Wright

Everyone should be educated. Education, that leads to jobs…. also a basic understanding of the modern society, how to make decisions and how you choose things

Emily Webster

I would like to focus on our young people as being really essential members of our community, the future is theirs. We need to provide them with what they need to live healthy and productive lives on their terms

Blair McFarland

I would like to see free electricity to households that are dependent on Centrelink. I just don’t think it’s fair that people should run out of power in the middle of winter or the middle of summer when you need the aircon, just because your too poor to be able to afford it

Michael Liddle

I look at bringing service providers’ conversations to assist the Alice Springs Town Council in making clearer and more understanding policy around behaviours

Matt Paterson

I want to create a space in Alice Springs where everyone can interract together, from all backgrounds and all abilities to make sure we’re not segregating people with a dissability

Patrick Bedford

I think we should have at least a kids playground in the middle of the mall, a bit of a splash park. We live in one of the hottest climates in Australia so we should be able to go in there and have the kids play around while your at the cafe or shopping. That should be standard

Eli Melky

It all starts with safety, if you’re not a safe community you can’t attract consumer confidence and you lose consumer confidence and with that you lose invester confidence. Without invester confidence you won’t have people putting their money into this town and nothing will be built

For more information about the Alice Springs Town Council Elections – Click here

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