Aboriginal Communities Archive

  • Visit our new Learning Portal All the content you have enjoyed here is now part of the learning portal on the new Why Warriors website. New articles are appearing regularly from both Richard and Tim Trudgen. See you there in the conversation that is now happening […]

    We have moved!

    Visit our new Learning Portal All the content you have enjoyed here is now part of the learning portal on the new Why Warriors website. New articles are appearing regularly from both Richard and Tim Trudgen. See you there in the conversation that is now happening […]

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  • I’ve just returned from the funeral of Michele Harris (OAM) as I sit to write this. Michele was one of the non-Aboriginal “Warriors” who has crossed my path and supported the causes I have been championing over a couple of decades. Her name kept turning […]

    Humanity and Human Connections

    I’ve just returned from the funeral of Michele Harris (OAM) as I sit to write this. Michele was one of the non-Aboriginal “Warriors” who has crossed my path and supported the causes I have been championing over a couple of decades. Her name kept turning […]

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  • Can you see yourself working on the frontline in Community Development? Our AHED Enterprise Facilitators living in Galiwin’ku continue to support 6 Yolŋu families with enterprises. However, we have 16 families asking for our assistance so the pressure on our team grows. Our waiting list will be […]

    Seeking Expressions of Interest

    Can you see yourself working on the frontline in Community Development? Our AHED Enterprise Facilitators living in Galiwin’ku continue to support 6 Yolŋu families with enterprises. However, we have 16 families asking for our assistance so the pressure on our team grows. Our waiting list will be […]

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  • A response to the Federal Government’s 7th Closing The Gap Prime Minister’s Speech 2015 By Richard Trudgen Link: http://www.dpmc.gov.au/sites/default/files/publications/Closing_the_Gap_2015_Report_0.pdf After 7 bad reports, where the whole nation at government level has been trying to Close the Gap of disadvantage for Aboriginal people in the areas of health, education […]

    The 7th ‘Closing the Gap’ Report

    A response to the Federal Government’s 7th Closing The Gap Prime Minister’s Speech 2015 By Richard Trudgen Link: http://www.dpmc.gov.au/sites/default/files/publications/Closing_the_Gap_2015_Report_0.pdf After 7 bad reports, where the whole nation at government level has been trying to Close the Gap of disadvantage for Aboriginal people in the areas of health, education […]

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  •   Community Development Tip – March 2015 Different Ways of Communicating Question: “How do I work with limited eye contact and little obvious response from Aboriginal clients? Also, do we talk too much?” Have you ever sat down and talked to a person with a […]

    The Lights are On But Nobody is Home

      Community Development Tip – March 2015 Different Ways of Communicating Question: “How do I work with limited eye contact and little obvious response from Aboriginal clients? Also, do we talk too much?” Have you ever sat down and talked to a person with a […]

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  • Personnel in communities who put  people centered processes before policy, bureaucratic expectations, and achievement, have better local engagement, and mobilise change in the long term.  The flip side is, the impact of such people seems to fade before the devastation created by "the system".

    Why the Government Can’t Succeed, But You Can!

    Personnel in communities who put people centered processes before policy, bureaucratic expectations, and achievement, have better local engagement, and mobilise change in the long term. The flip side is, the impact of such people seems to fade before the devastation created by "the system".

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  • Jessie Pangas, a member of the AHED Project team, explores the concept of “home” in an interview with two Yolngu couples in Galiwin’ku. How many homes have you lived in? For me the answer is 21 and now I am not really sure where to […]

    My body is owned by this land

    Jessie Pangas, a member of the AHED Project team, explores the concept of “home” in an interview with two Yolngu couples in Galiwin’ku. How many homes have you lived in? For me the answer is 21 and now I am not really sure where to […]

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  •   This week is NAIDOC Week and this year’s theme is focused on the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the Yirrkala Bark Petition. It is a good time to remember the bark petitions that continue to be ignored. In 1963 Yolŋu Elders of north-east […]

    What Happened to the Second Bark Petition?

      This week is NAIDOC Week and this year’s theme is focused on the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the Yirrkala Bark Petition. It is a good time to remember the bark petitions that continue to be ignored. In 1963 Yolŋu Elders of north-east […]

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  • Based on our nine years of work in business development with Indigenous families, I think there are 5 main points that define the process of rebuilding sustainable economies in remote Indigenous communities. A local economy grows from personal motivation and energy, it cannot be built […]

    Economics of Remote Communities Part 6 – Recognising Pioneers and the Need for Flexibility

    Based on our nine years of work in business development with Indigenous families, I think there are 5 main points that define the process of rebuilding sustainable economies in remote Indigenous communities. A local economy grows from personal motivation and energy, it cannot be built […]

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  •   Richard Trudgen, author of Why Warriors Lie Down and Die, responds to media coverage of recent violence in NT communities: Richard Trudgen, author of Why Warriors Lie Down and Die, responds to the ABC news on the recent violence and crime in the NT […]

    Responding to Violence in the NT: the usual ‘get tough approach’, or a different way forward?

      Richard Trudgen, author of Why Warriors Lie Down and Die, responds to media coverage of recent violence in NT communities: Richard Trudgen, author of Why Warriors Lie Down and Die, responds to the ABC news on the recent violence and crime in the NT […]

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