Aboriginal Communities

Living Dead: A Yolngu Experience of Disempowerment
  This is a short video that describes living as a Yolngu person in a remote community in Australia. It is a story that the rest of us rarely hear expressed so clearly. Dianne, the speaker in this video has…
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.
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.
Recruiting, Training and Supporting Dominant Culture Personnel for Indigenous Communities
The following is a Presentation I made to a ‘Roundtable’ discussion with TEAR Australia, in August 2009, discussing the needs and possibilities for supporting government and non-government personnel working in Aboriginal communities across Australia to improve community development outcomes for…
Another Indigenous voice from Arnhem Land
Here is another statement from a Yolngu person from North East Arnhem Land. He speaks against the intervention,l but he is also referring to many other recent sudden changes in NT government policy such as the ceasing of funding to Home Land centres (or out-stations) and the closing of Home Land schools. Again the underlining concern is about the approach that came with the intervention that has lead to such broad brush decisions being made without prior consultation. If you are working with Indigenous people do not let ideologies control your decision making, find a way to understand the local people's real experience, knowledge, and situation. Yingiya is a excellent teacher and I think there is plenty to be learnt from his words about the experience and perspectives of the Yolngu people.
A project in responsive development
We are initiating a new project in developing human enterprise in NE Arnhem Land. This unique project has an entirely holistic approach, focusng on the facilitation of, well, everything - everything the people have a passion to achieve. By providing the resources to remove obstacles and enabling real, effective and people driven change, and by supporting the people in developing their own ideas and fulfilling their desires we will provide opportunity for change in remote Indigenous communities.
An example of disempowerment- Why dont you talk to us first?
The Elder speaking was quite irate about decisions that had been made by Goverment and organisations that had not been discussed with local leaders. "Why don't you Balanda explain to us what are your plans?... You don't talk to us... You just change things." ...
Are we closing the gap? – Discussion paper
Has the Governement's approach over the last 2 years had any positive effect on Aborignal and Torrse Strait Islander communities? The present Labour Federal Government along with the Northern Territory Government have a policy approach called "Closing the Gap." But is their approach working? Richard Trudgen the author of "Why Warriors Lie down and Die" has written a discussion paper on this topic called "Are We heading in the right direction? 'Closing the Gap' or making it bigger?"
The socially awkward, and the extrovert in other cultures
Have you ever noticed how it seems that other people just seems to know what they are doing when it come to relating to other people? I believe that no one really does know what to do, how we act…
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.
A Foreign Australia – Working in Aborignal Communities
If you are working with, for, or planning to enter an Aboriginal community in Australia the first thing you must do is begin to think like you are about to enter an overseas country. Of course physically these Aboriginal communities…