Northern Territory

The betrayal of our children – the Northern Territory

By Gerry Georgatos - Courtesy of The Stringer and The National Indigenous Times - and Children in the Northern Territory are three times more likely to die before they turn five years of age than children born into the suburbs of Melbourne and Sydney. But when the data is disaggregated, the Northern Territory’s First Nations children, who are nearly half the Northern Territory child population, fare dramatically worse.

We were not put on this Earth to bury our children, but in the Northern Territory, this is what is happening.

14 skulls handed to traditional owners in Berlin

One of Europe’s largest university clinics, the 300-year-old Charité in Berlin, Germany, has just returned 14 skulls of Aboriginal people to representatives of the Goemulgal, Lag Mabuyag and Wajarri Yamatji peoples.

Already in April last year the Charité returned skulls and other bones of 33 Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders the Institution had received at the end of the 19th century. That was the first repatriation of its kind of ancestral remains from Germany.

WGAR News: Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia - 83 events from 2 June 2014

Newsletter date: 2 June 2014

WGAR events postings for each State and Territory:

Click on the links for details of the events ...

Event: Until at least 31 May 2014: Woden, Canberra, ACT
People are Legends:
Focusing on the literary works of Kevin Gilbert (1933-1993)
2014 Heritage Festival
Venue: ACT Heritage Library, first floor of Woden Library
"ACT Heritage Library can now confirm the
exhibition is up until at least the end of May"
"Follow the creative journey of local identity Kevin Gilbert

NT events: Barunga festival + SNAICC Training Workshop: 'Through Young Black Eyes' + Kids in Culture: Strong, Proud, Resilient

Northern Territory Aboriginal rights events for your diary

WGAR events postings for each State and Territory:

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Event: 6 - 9 June 2014: Barunga, NT
Barunga festival
"The festival benefits the community of Barunga and the
people of the region economically, socially and culturally. ...
In 1988, as the rest of Australia was celebrating 200 years
of white settlement, Barunga was the site of Aboriginal
leaders coming together, and presenting Prime Minister

WGAR News: From my father's death bed to the must-do to end the suicides: Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer

Newsletter date: 31 May 2014


* Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: From my father’s death bed to the must-do to end the suicides
* Geoff Bagnall, The Stringer: Scullion hits out at Traditional Owners [Courtesy of The National Indigenous Times]
* Dr Woolombi Waters, The Stringer: Woolombi Waters says "let’s listen"
* Background to Suicide and Self-harm in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Communities

* NACCHO: Aboriginal controlled health services can close the gap in employment
* NACCHO: Alliance sets sights on final elimination of blinding trachoma in Central Australia

WGAR News: Aboriginal controlled health services can close the gap in employment: NACCHO

Newsletter date: 30 May 2014


* NACCHO: Aboriginal controlled health services can close the gap in employment
* Eduardo Jordan, The Wire: Are we really closing the gap? [Featuring Greg Craven and Justin Mohamed]
* NACCHO: Fears Tony Abbott will widen Indigenous health gap
* The Stringer: Who do we believe? Different findings, Reform Council & Close the Gap
* Marie McInerney, Croakey: Latest 'close the gap' update on Indigenous health underlines alarm over #Budget2014 cuts
* Michael McKenna, The Australian: Health overhaul closes the gap

WGAR News: Gomeroi Grandmothers warn of a new stolen generation: Emma Lancaster, The Wire; featuring Aunty Hazel

Newsletter date: 28 May 2014


* Mon 26 May 2014 - National Day of Action Marking National Sorry Day: Stop Ongoing Stolen Generations!
* Wed 28 May 2014 - Alice Springs Forum marking National Sorry Day: The NT Intervention & The New Stolen Generation

* Debra Swan, The Guardian: Why I chose to quit my job in Aboriginal child protection

* Michael Safi, The Guardian: Sorry Day rallies call for changes to state child-protection regimes

* Emma Lancaster, The Wire: Gomeroi Grandmothers warn of a new stolen generation

WGAR News: Rally held ahead of Muckaty court challenge: ABC Alice Springs

Newsletter date: 28 May 2014


* Let's Talk's Tiga Bayles interviews Kado Muir about cultural genocide, mining, employment and economic disposition

* Monika O'Hanlon, NT News: Elders lead dump demo
* ABC Alice Springs: Rally held ahead of Muckaty court challenge
* CAAMA Radio's Damien Williams interviews Beyond Nuclear Initiative Nat Wasley on Muckaty and the waste dump
* NT News: Take a tip and ditch the dump
* Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump in NT

WGAR News: SBS TV: Watch John Pilger's 'Utopia', on Saturday 31st May 2014, 8:35pm SBSONE

Newsletter date: 27 May 2014


* : Utopia, John Pilger's latest film, to be broadcast on SBS Australia on 31 May
* Chris Graham, New Matilda: Utopia: The Inside Story
* The Stringer: A long way to go for 'Utopia'
* Background to 'Utopia', John Pilger's documentary film about Aboriginal people in Australia
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention


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