Indigenous issues Archive

  • Community Development Tip – August 2014 In any situation, it is always good to start from where the other person is at in relation to any particular topic or issue. So in cross cultural situations this is all the more important. Of course many people will ask, “How […]

    Start from where people are at

    Community Development Tip – August 2014 In any situation, it is always good to start from where the other person is at in relation to any particular topic or issue. So in cross cultural situations this is all the more important. Of course many people will ask, “How […]

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  • This is a short video exploring the confusion between the knowledge systems and worldview of Yolŋu culture and the dominant culture of mainstream Australia, and the devastating impacts this confusion has on Yolŋu people. Dharaŋanawuy – a Yolŋu word meaning deep mutual respect and understanding, […]

    Dharaŋanawuy – deep mutual respect and understanding

    This is a short video exploring the confusion between the knowledge systems and worldview of Yolŋu culture and the dominant culture of mainstream Australia, and the devastating impacts this confusion has on Yolŋu people. Dharaŋanawuy – a Yolŋu word meaning deep mutual respect and understanding, […]

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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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  • In recent times the word "poverty" has been used broadly to refer to the situation in many remote Indigenous Communities in Australia. But for most people poverty conjures images of the poor from 3rd world slums.  The Indigenous peoples of Australia face very different situations. I think it is worth stepping back and considering what Indigenous "poverty" has in common with the situation of the worlds poor. What can this tell us about how so called "Indigenous poverty" can be overcome.

    Understanding Indigenous “Poverty”- Making it History

    In recent times the word "poverty" has been used broadly to refer to the situation in many remote Indigenous Communities in Australia. But for most people poverty conjures images of the poor from 3rd world slums. The Indigenous peoples of Australia face very different situations. I think it is worth stepping back and considering what Indigenous "poverty" has in common with the situation of the worlds poor. What can this tell us about how so called "Indigenous poverty" can be overcome.

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  • This is the second of a series of videos produced by a knowledgeable Aboriginal Lady from North East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. I post this here so people can see that Indigenous people from the remote areas really are angry about disempowering approaches.

    An Indigenous voice on current Government policy

    This is the second of a series of videos produced by a knowledgeable Aboriginal Lady from North East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. I post this here so people can see that Indigenous people from the remote areas really are angry about disempowering approaches.

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  • The Federal Government has embarked on a process they call

    Closing the Gap Part 1 – Symptoms & Causes

    The Federal Government has embarked on a process they call "Closing the Gap". It recognises that there is a gap between the outcome for Indigenous people and rest of Australia in key social indicators. Indigenous people and their communities face poor health outcome, poor job prospects and poor educational outcome compared to the rest of Australia. As Australians attempt so help to rectify such social problem we must distinguish the symptoms from causes, and ultimately find a way to treat the cause/s. Let me illustrate the difference between a symptom and cause using a parable.

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