On the fifth anniversary of the National Apology last month, The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Bill passed through the House of Representatives demonstrating the Australian Government’s commitment to build support for constitutional change.
Hundreds of young people descended on the Bairnsdale Aquatic and Recreation Centre in Victoria recently for the Deadly Vibe National Indigenous 3on3 Basketball and Hip Hop Challenge – the first Vibe 3on3 event of 2013.
The National Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples, in particular the Stolen Generations, by the Australian Parliament on 13 February 2008 was a powerful and memorable moment in our nation’s history. It has had a huge impact not only on the members of the Stolen Generation but also Australian’s from all walks of life.
For the Mornington Island community in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland, encouraging students to attend school has sometimes been a struggle, but a new community approach is making all the difference.
The Murdi Paaki Aboriginal Young Leaders Project is helping Indigenous youth in western New South Wales gain the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the workforce and have their voices heard in their communities.
The strong Indigenous leadership of the Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly, supported by the Murdi Paaki Regional Enterprise Corporation’s innovative delivery of Australian government programs and services is creating positive change in north western New South Wales.
At the annual National Rugby League (NRL) Indigenous All Stars game in February, Jetstar Gold Coast Titans player, Preston Campbell, gave a big shout out to the young people from Mornington Island and Doomadgee who were on the trip of a lifetime.
High quality early childhood education and care is accessible for most Australians, but for many parents inhabiting islands scattered across 48,000 square kilometres in the Torres Strait, this has not always been the case.