Self Determination

Stalemate on The Block in Redfern as protesters defy trespass notice

Trespass sign posted at Redfern Tent Embassy

The Aboriginal Housing Company posted the trespass signs in February, giving the protesters 72 hours to vacate the property. The protesters rallied to bolster their ranks and were still in their 'tent embassy' more than a week after the deadline passed. Wiradjuri elder Jenny Munro has been camping at the site since May 26 last year, to demand more affordable Aboriginal housing on the land which was purchased by the Aboriginal Housing Company with a federal government grant in the 1970s. Read more about Stalemate on The Block in Redfern as protesters defy trespass notice

Plans to shut Aboriginal communities driving people out

Mulan Aboriginal community

Aboriginal leaders say the WA government plan to close communities is already driving people out of some of the most remote parts of Australia. Premier Colin Barnett last year announced as many as 150 of the state's 274 communities would be closed in the next three years because of a funding shortfall. Mr Steven Kopp, the Chairman of Mulan homelands community, which sits on top of the Tanami Desert, said some people were so worried about the community's future that up to 20 had already moved away. Read more about Plans to shut Aboriginal communities driving people out

Families urged to look after each other as Kimberley region records seven suicides in seven weeks

Aboriginal Suicide

Communities are urged to look out for each other over the festive season after seven people are believed to have suicided in WA's Kimberley region in the last seven weeks. Researchers have identified Christmas as a high-risk time for Aboriginal people considering self-harm. The most recent suicide occurred just two days before Christmas. Indigenous mental health commissioner Pat Dudgeon said the extra pressures around special foods, decorations, and gifts which are beyond the budget of many Aboriginal people. Read more about Families urged to look after each other as Kimberley region records seven suicides in seven weeks

New policy of imposing full-time work for the dole in remote communities is blatant racism

Full-time Work for the Dole in remote communities

This new policy is a treacherous act, the government closed down CDEP programs against the wishes of the people. Instead of reinstating these, they are going to force people into full-time 'Work for the Dole' where there is no work. This appears to be part of the major conspiracy of forcing First Nations people off their homelands ... again. Greens senator Rachel Siewert said the Coalition government was “once again ignoring the underlying factors that are contributing to unemployment”. Read more about New policy of imposing full-time work for the dole in remote communities is blatant racism

The man who calls himself by an Aboriginal name appears to have no interest in Aboriginality

The article 'Jobs and education are the lifters' by: Nyunggai Warren Mundine, The Australian 3 December 2014 with Comments by Maurene Brannan

... as if it meant nothing, which it apparently doesn't to Warren - 'cultural authority' does not come easy, it takes a lifetime of dedication and education in the highest, most evolved culture on Earth. Read more about The man who calls himself by an Aboriginal name appears to have no interest in Aboriginality

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