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Archives January 2015

The mammoth task of returning stolen remains of ancestors to country

While repatriation has been happening in Australia for decades, Mr Sullivan says it is something that can't be truly quantified, nor something that can shed value over time. "That don't mean nothing, being common, it'll still have the same effect as it will for the first time and for the hundredth time." The reality of the task became clear to Mr Quayle when, years ago, he visited the Australian Museum as part of his work with the culture and heritage division in the NSW government. He found his ancestor's remains stacked on shelves and collecting dust in the museum's basement. Read more about The mammoth task of returning stolen remains of ancestors to country

Litigation now the new censorship in reporting the news in the 21st century - National Indigenous Times

Censorship of the national Aboriginal voice began last year with the unfortunate passing of Gavin Jones after funding for Deadly Vibe had been cancelled by Tony Abbott's "government for the Aborigines".
... After 20 years of focusing upon the achievements of Indigenous Australians across society, Gavin's inspired leadership and good work was stripped of its resources with the strike of a pen upon his passing. It also highlighted that suicide and self-harm is a problem confronted in our communities at all levels. Read more about Litigation now the new censorship in reporting the news in the 21st century - National Indigenous Times

Adnyamathanha, the people of the rocks - songs, stories and Law

Yulu's coal - part one - An amazing audio about "The People of Rocks" - The Adnyamathanha people from the Northern Flinders Ranges in South Australia. This program is about the journey of one of the major Adnyamathanha Creation Ancestors, Yulu the Kingfisher Man. Yulu’s Coal, explores the travels of Yulu as he moved across Country, followed by two Arkurra , Giant Rainbow Serpents and why the coal mined at Leigh Creek Coal Mine today belongs, from an Adnyamathanha perspective, to Yulu, the Kingfisher Man. Read more about Adnyamathanha, the people of the rocks - songs, stories and Law

First Nations unite to expose the breaches of human rights and self-determination

The Freedom Movement held a Sit-In at Parliament House on 27 January, 2015. - There is no greater rights struggle than the Aboriginal rights struggle. It is a human rights struggle where not only the First Peoples of this continent were violently and murderously dispossessed of their lands but since the advent of British colonialism onto their shores they were subjected to segregation, apartheid and the systematic destruction of their cultures and languages – more than 350 First Peoples' nations and languages have been impacted. Read more about First Nations unite to expose the breaches of human rights and self-determination

Hepatitis C rising for First Nations people, prompting calls for improved services

Hep C

Hepatitis C is three times higher and rising in Indigenous populations. The worsening problem is mainly due to higher rates of unsafe drug injecting and possibly higher rates of incarceration, where the prevalence of intravenous drug use is much higher among Indigenous prisoners, according to multiple studies. First Nations people need accessible and affordable health care and Community Controlled Health Services have proven time and time again to be the best model for treatment, Lisa Briggs, CEO of Naccho said. Read more about Hepatitis C rising for First Nations people, prompting calls for improved services

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