Homelands are communities established by Aboriginal people so that they can maintain their connection with their traditional, ancestral land. These communities have lower levels of social problems and significantly better health outcomes for Aboriginal people -- as well as a strengthened connection to culture, language and spirituality.
With proper services like health, education, water and shelter, people can be healthier and live longer on homelands. Aboriginal families too, are strongest when they can stay connected to their homelands.
Right now the government is stripping funds for essential services from homelands. This effectively forces families off their traditional lands and into larger towns and cities.
Warlpiri educator and scholar Steve Jampijinpa explains the five pillars of Warlpiri culture. This film was made by Steve Jampijinpa, with Maxwell Tasman and Tristan Tasman from Lajamanu, Northern Territory, Australia.
Western Australia's Martu people set small fires as a matter of course while hunting lizards. But, say Stanford researchers, the technique may also buffer the landscape against two extremes -- overgrown brush and widespread lightning fires -- that hurt Australia's endangered small mammals.
By Karen Ashford by SBS News
A painstaking project to capture one of Aboriginal Australia's most important creation stories is set to be unveiled in Adelaide.
You gotta keep-em cause he's got culture in it from Ground Up - Peggy Patrick speaks about the importance of Gija language and its uncertain future. Filmed at Warmun Art Centre, Warmun Community April 2015 to promote the Gija Language and Culture Classes Pozible fundraising campaign. To donate go to pozi.be/gijalanguageclasses or www.groundupcommunity.org. For more information go to www.warmunartcentre.com.au
We journey with Antikirrinya Elder, Ingkama Bobby Brown to his homelands in outback South Australia where he explains the legacy of living with British Nuclear testing - how he witnessed the first tests on the Australian mainland at Emu Field (1953) and experienced the devastating affects of radioactive fallout on his family, people and country.
British Nuclear testing was a breach of the King's Letters Patent, the founding document that established the state of South Australia (1836), which granted Aboriginal people the legal right to occupy and enjoy their land for always.