Wednesday, June 16, 2021

FIRST PEOPLES

FIRST PEOPLES

Campaign launched to build Australia’s first truth telling museum

Not-for-profit Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation (KBHAC) and bus company CDC NSW launched a fundraising campaign on Sorry Day (May 26) to build the country’s...

Women’s Reconciliation Network calls for spirited action

“The re-birthing of the Spirit spearheading women into action marks the 25th anniversary of Women’s Reconciliation Network (WRN) with a lamp that guides their...

Pemulwuy – ‘Col would be truly proud’

In the lead up to Reconciliation Week, Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) CEO Michael Mundine and General Manager Lani Tuitavake took Karine Shellshear on a tour of the student housing, named in honour of her late husband, which has underwritten the financing of the Pemulwuy Project.

Stolen Generations’ film broaches intergenerational trauma

The trauma inflicted on the Stolen Generations also affects...

Sorry? Then let’s fix it

Apologies are hollow if you keep doing the very...

Investment needed in Aboriginal and social housing

The Redfern Waterloo Aboriginal Affordable Housing Campaign has renewed...

Lofty lifts off – an interview with Helen Milroy

Western Australian of the Year, Dr Helen Milroy, has written and illustrated The Emu Who Ran Through the Sky, released in April, an exciting story for 5-10 year-olds about working together and finding the courage to be different.

Renewal of mural on Eveleigh St

REDFERN: The “Welcome to The Block” mural on Eveleigh Street has been renewed and looks great as part of the Pemulwuy development.

Vale Pruny

REDFERN: On Friday March 12, many of the Redfern...

‘Conversations with Margaret Preston’

ZETLAND: In its second major show of the year,...

Bindi encourages care for Country – an interview with Kirli Saunders

Kirli Saunders wrote Bindi as a call to action for young people to understand their role in conservation and caring for Country.

An unveiling

Keith Gordon Douglass, a proud Gamilaroi man, a member of the Stolen Generation and a Forgotten Australian, has invited the SSH to join him for a memorial – the unveiling of a headstone to honour his father, Gordon Laurence Douglass, buried 70 years in an unmarked grave.

Pemulwuy – new building manager onboard

Gadigal man Gary Ward – better known locally as “Gaz” – commenced his job as the Pemulwuy Project’s Building Manager in December 2020.

Yabun 2021 – leading the way

GADIGAL LAND: Congratulations to Koori Radio 93.7FM, organisers and...

End racism for the good of all

Several recent events can remind us all of racism....

Yellamundie Festival – Opening Night

This year’s biennial and fifth Yellamundie Festival, a unique platform for the identification, development and presentation of First Peoples stories, opened up submissions to composers and choreographers.

Firestarter

The award-winning documentary Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra celebrates the impressive rise of the Bangarra Dance Theatre Company over 30 years from humble beginnings to international fame.

Pemulwuy – welcoming tenants

As we near completion of our affordable housing, landscaping and civil works teams have been busy installing new roads, paving and gardens.

Aboriginal housing built and set to let

REDFERN: The Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) has delivered on...

House names changed to honour Indigenous heritage

Leading First Nations artists, Tony Albert, Blak Douglas, Thea Perkins and Nicole Monks worked with Bourke St Public School (BSPS), parents, and Elder Uncle Jimmy Smith, to create new Aboriginal school house names and symbols unveiled during NAIDOC week in November.

Pemulwuy – just add people!

REDFERN: The Col James student accommodation reached a milestone this month as it “topped out”; construction of the top level of the 24 levels was completed.

Pemulwuy – hits the heights

REDFERN: The Col James student accommodation reached a milestone this month as it “topped out”; construction of the top level of the 24 levels was completed.

Aboriginal affordable housing – call for action

On September 21 the Redfern Waterloo Alliance of Aboriginal...

Pemulwuy – hands up to live there!

REDFERN: As promised the Aboriginal Housing Company is about to deliver affordable housing for our people first in the Pemulwuy Project.

Aboriginal affordable housing a crucial priority

The place we call Redfern and Waterloo has been...

Pemulwuy – Elouera Tony Mundine Gym shapes up

The Pemulwuy Project's gym is shaping up – and the vision is to offer first-rate facilities and a welcoming, inclusive fitness environment for the community.

Stop Black Deaths in Custody

Each time I see BLM initials I think of...

Pemulwuy – finishing affordable housing first

This article is sponsored by the Aboriginal Housing Company's...

National Reconciliation Week colouring competition

The Copyright Council’s Reading Australia project has launched a National Reconciliation Week (NRW) colouring competition to encourage children to be active participants in reconciliation. Dub Leffler, author and illustrator of Once There Was a Boy has created a colouring sheet for the competition, which closes on July 22.

Pemulwuy – protecting our workers

REDFERN: Extended hours for the construction industry announced on April 2 by Rob Stokes, the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, will assist existing precautions for extra handwashing and physical distancing already taking place on The Pemulwuy Project site to protect workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

AMS says, ‘Keep our mob safe’

The Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) is currently testing for Covid-19 and a triage has been set up with social-distance seating in place. A nurse is on duty to take people’s temperatures and perform other essential duties prior to the patient being referred to a doctor within the clinic.

Kirli connects kids to Country through poetry in First Languages

Kirli Saunders was recently selected as NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year. In this Q&A she talks about her groundbreaking project Poetry in First Languages, and her award-winning writing.

On the road to healing

At Carriageworks on February 13, the 12th anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations, the survivors of Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation (KBHAC) launched a modified bus to take their stories on the road.

Pemulwuy – project on the up and up!

As we move into the second month of 2020 we would like to acknowledge the work carried out over the holiday season on the Pemulwuy site. Formwork construction continued throughout December and January, which resulted in more levels going up on Precinct 1 and 3.

Statements from the heart

At the core of the Uluru Statement from the Heart there are three key elements: a call for a First Nations voice to be enshrined in the Australian Constitution; a Makarrata Commission to supervise agreement making, or treaties; and, for the Makarrata Commission to oversee a process of truth-telling for the nation. Or put simply in three words: Voice, Treaty, Truth.

Pemulwuy – smooth moves by crews on site each day

Over the last few weeks the Aboriginal Housing Company has been excited to see work progressing well on the Pemulwuy Project site.

Campaign for Aboriginal affordable housing

During my time as Waterloo Aboriginal Liaison Officer with...

Pemulwuy – good progress with slabs, drainage and substation

Over the last few weeks the Aboriginal Housing Company has been excited to see work progressing well on the Pemulwuy Project site.

Supporting the careers of Aboriginal lawyers

The Legal Aid NSW Aboriginal Services Unit (ASU) coordinates, develops and implements initiatives relating specifically to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients, communities and staff.

Pemulwuy – formwork completed for gym and gallery

Over the last few weeks the Aboriginal Housing Company has been excited to see work progressing well on the Pemulwuy Project site.

Pemulwuy – first pieces into place

Construction commenced on the Aboriginal Housing Company’s (AHC) Pemulwuy Project in March. The AHC team was excited to see two large cranes erected on site in July. The workers put the cranes together like a giant meccano set, and carefully manoeuvred the pieces into place.

Video stories pay tribute to aunties

REDFERN: On the evening of July 10, the Wednesday...

Celebrating NAIDOC Week, NCIE-style

REDFERN: 2019 marked the anniversary of the National Centre...

Indigenous mental health – a crisis

One in five Australians aged 16 to 85 experiences...

Flag mural makes way for Aboriginal housing

REDFERN: Since being painted in 2000, the flag mural...

Pemulwuy gets underway

REDFERN: Tuesday March 26 saw the “turning of the soil” for the Aboriginal Housing Company’s (AHC) long-awaited Pemulwuy project.

Introducing Pam Jackson

Pam Jackson has joined Inner Sydney Voice (ISV) to provide culturally-appropriate advice to Aboriginal community organisations and housing tenants of issues relating to the Waterloo redevelopment.

Change the heart – a call to action

In the week leading up to Australia Day on January 26, Aboriginal Christian leaders Aunty Jean Phillips and Brooke Prentis hosted 17 prayer meetings in every state and territory across Australia.

Three-day proposal for Australia Day commemorations

Wesley Enoch from the Noonuccal Nuugi people of Stradbroke Island believes that the date of Australia Day should not change, but that the way it is marked should be.

Gathering Place on Caroline Street closes

The Gathering Place in Caroline St built relationships with many Aboriginal people living on The Block as neighbours and friends.

Toward a truthful and hopeful national identity

Yabun is upbeat, inspiring, empowering and confronting.

Rock The Block

For many who attended over the day Archie Roach’s heart-wrenching performance of “Took the Children Away” was a highlight.