On being income managed

By Jessie Pangas As the mother of a two and a half year old, on a low income with my partner, I am eligible to receive a Parenting Payment from Centrelink, our Australian Department of Human Services.  As a family…

Cultural Spaces (An example of the Limit Conditions the people face)

All cultures have spaces of ceremony and tradition, both sacred and part of every day life. We often don’t see them within our own culture until we are taken out of our comfort zone and required to navigate them within another culture. We often don’t see the impact strange cultural spaces can have on our person. When we do it helps us to understand the world that Indigenous people face daily.

Dirty Assumptions

I was recently told a story about a black African visitor to an Australian Indigenous community. This man went to visit an important Elder in the community…
This is a story about sitting in the dirt, about the ‘cultural glasses’ that we wear and the assumptions we can make.

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.