Category: Aboriginal injustice

Invitation To Country – » The Australian Independent Media Network

“You are not hated Brother. We don’t hate White Fellas. You are not hated because you were not scared like the others who flashed past and you stopped out here with us. What we hate is what your Mob did to us. We hate that.” Serious stuff, and laughs, it was quite a conversation. How could it not make me think about the need for real change in Australia?

Invitation To Country – » The Australian Independent Media Network

‘You’re not given any love’: the stories of Australia’s stolen generations – photo essay | Australia news | The Guardian

To mark the eighth anniversary of Kevin Rudd’s apology to Indigenous Australians, this photo essay by Matthew Sherwood tells the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who, as children, were torn from their families, culture and country

Source: ‘You’re not given any love’: the stories of Australia’s stolen generations – photo essay | Australia news | The Guardian

“Cultural Genocide”: Landmark Report Decries Canada’s Forced Schooling of Indigenous Children

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/6/3/cultural_genocide_landmark_report_decries_canadas

Andrew Bolt would have us believe Australia,NZ,Canada and USA all former British colonies treated their Indigenous populations entirely differently. That Church policies differed from country to country and that the notion of Christian kindness was applied differently in each location. If one assumes that then it follows the notion of an Anglosphere is as much a myth as British Colonial Rule. Cultural genocide was a fact then and  Bolt in pursuit of Assimilation advocates it today.

Stop the closure of the homelands. State and Federal governments must fund services in remote Aboriginal communities.

Sarah Jay

Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett has announced the state will close 100 to 150 of the 274 remote communities in WA. He has stated that the WA government will not pick up the shortfall once Federal funding ends in July 2015.

The Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands in South Australia are also under threat due to the withdrawal of federal funding.

Communities in the Northern Territory have already been closed, having devastating consequences on those who have been removed from their lands.

“We see this as the biggest threat to our people since the shocking events of the 1960s … we assert the right of people to live in and on their traditional country, for which they have ancient and deep responsibilities. To be talking of relocating people off their traditional country does indeed take us back 50 years in a very ugly way.”  Fitzroy Valley traditional owners and native title holders.

Homeland communities allow people to live on their country. Living on country means that Aboriginal people are able to sustain their language, spiritual connection to their land, and hence their culture. When adequate services are provided to homeland communities, significant research shows that it allows people to have better health, and wellbeing outcomes. This is in direct contrast to the experiences of living townships, where social disfunction and disadvantage are often at much higher levels that on homeland communities.

Homelands are widely understood to have lower levels of social problems, such as domestic violence and substance abuse, than more populated communities. According to reports, the health of Indigenous people living on homelands is significantly better than of those living in larger communities. Homelands are also used effectively as part of substance abuse and other programmes for at-risk Aboriginal youth living in more populated or urban centres.” (UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Rights)

STOP the closure of the Homelands. It is essential that federal and state governments provide these communities with the services they require.

The funding of remote Aboriginal communities must not end.

Aboriginal communities MUST be allowed to live on their land, and must be provided the same services that other Australian’s take for granted.

“It’s smacks of the assimilation policies over the early 60s, it’s horrendous. This is a diabolical, in my view, highly racially motivated agenda.”

Greens MLC Robin Chapple (“Premier Colin Barnett says remote WA communities face closure due to Commonwealth funding cuts”, Perth Now, 13th November, 2014)

 

 “How can it be that everyone in the state except Aboriginals get the funding, that’s where my anger is. It’s almost like an infrastructure apartheid system. He (Barnett) is moving into a very dangerous area. My argument is that if they are supplying services to communities of the same size of Aboriginal communities but they are not providing them to Aboriginal communities, I call that infrastructure apartheid. This has been going on for decades from state and territory governments and it has got to stop.’’

Warren Mundine (“WA remote closures ‘apartheid’, says Warren Mundine”, The Australian, 14 November, 2014)