Breaking of a People

Breaking of a People   Down Load: http://www.whywarriors.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Breaking-of-a-People-161205-final.docx Submission to Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory I have called this submission “breaking of a people” because I want to talk about a number of…

Stuck in a Colonial Mind-Set

Our last newsletter titled “Two Way Abuse in Aboriginal Communities” received great feedback. Many thanked us for saying what should have been said a long time ago. Among these were people who had spent years working in Aboriginal communities and…

Two Way Abuse in Aboriginal Communities

Last week we heard the news that a nursing sister was killed in the small community of Fregon. A young man has been charged and we are yet to hear the full story. I first remember hearing about the community…

Australia Has Its Own “Haka”

As a number of Yolŋu watched Adam Goodes perform his “war cry” or “haka” on TV after he kicked the goal, they were excited because it was great for their culture to be represented there on the big screen. “Here in Arnhem Land in the NT we call what Adam performed ‘balyunmirr’.”

The lights are on but nobody is home

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 different cultural…