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From time to time the First Nations Peoples Concerns Committee will share articles, stories and information related to First Nations Peoples.

August 2021

Systematic abuse in NT youth detention "getting worse" according to top lawyer - RN Breakfast - ABC Radio National

Listen here. Most people including Friends are probably not aware that conditions have deteriorated at Don Dale since the Royal Commission. This cruel system is going turn many young detainees into dysfunctional people.  And yet, the country is talking about reconciliation. The lawyer in this interview is confirming what Auntie Christine Palmer told us in our recent FNPP/CORE webinar.

July 2021

To celebrate National NAIDOC Week 2021, the Indigenous Peoples' Organisation and Better Futures Australia hosted a webinar series entitled 'Heal Country, Heal Climate'. You can view the video here. This webinar is the third in the series, Healing our Lands, chaired by Dr Virginia Marshall. Speakers include:

  • Anthony Watson — The impact of resource extraction on the Kimberley
  • Kado Muir — Protecting our Cultural Heritage-Lessons from the Juukan Gorge Caves
  • Adrian Burragubba — Wangan and Jagalingou & Native Title, where are the rights of Traditional Owners?

The discussion explores ways of collectively looking after country and taking ownership of our collective futures. Speakers share insights to the national treasure we share in the world’s oldest living Indigenous culture, and facilitate the exchange of unique Indigenous land and water knowledge systems to inform Australia’s climate change response.

May 2021

Here is an example of a very important article few Friends might be aware of.  The federal government spends one thousand times more on extending part of the war memorial than on protecting aboriginal heritage sites  (half a billion dollars on the war memorial vis-a-vis half a million dollars over two years on aboriginal heritage sites).  That shows what aboriginal heritage sites mean to our government. Read the article here.