29 September 2018 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

29 September 2018
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.
In this week’s Top 10 we feature stories about the traditional owners of this land.


1. If you haven’t checked out the amazing stories in the the IndigenousX web site, then you’re really missing out! The site started in 2012 with a vision “to create a platform for Indigenous people to share their knowledge, opinions and experiences with a wide audience of interested tweeps”. It has more than 41,000 followers and over 300 Indigenous hosts on their twitter account.


2. And here is a great story from IndigenousX, also published in The Guardian (who is a partner with IndigenousX) from Banok Rind about her experiences as a proud Yamatji-Badimia woman from Western Australia, also a registered nurse and deputy executive director of the Koorie Youth Council and advocate for people’s health and wellbeing. She is the sort of leader this country needs right now!


3. Do you know how much of the earth’s surface is owned or managed by Indigenous people? It’s an amazing 38 million square kilometres or a quarter of all land outside Antarctica (two-thirds of the world’s most remote and least inhabited regions). This article from The Conversation talks about the importance of understanding the great contribution that Indigenous people make in conserving their land.


4. There is a new debate about Australia Day and the recent proposal to create a new day to recognise Indigenous people. Have a look at the arguments and what Indigenous people think about this in these great articles from The Guardian. Firstly, by Calla Wahlquist and also an article by Claire Coleman.


5. This is an important read from The Guardian looking at the issue of Indigenous Australian deaths in custody. The Guardian has collected and analysed al available data to build a searchable database ‘Deaths Inside’ which tracks all known Indigenous deaths in custody from 2008-2018. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people please note that this site contains images of and references to deceased people.


6. The Conversation has some great in-depth articles about social issues and this one is no exception as they look at the issue of the Aboriginal languages that are being reclaimed, and most recently the Palawa Kani language of Tasmania. Originally it is thought that there were over 250 Indigenous Australian languages and more than half of these have now been lost.


7. And continuing on this important issue of recovering lost languages, The Conversation reports on the discovery of 10 previously forgotten Aboriginal names for 10 Melbourne suburbs, including Ngar-go (Fitzroy), Quo-yung (Richmond) and Bulleke-bek (Brunswick).


8. The more research we do the earlier it seems that Aboriginal people lived in Australia. Recent research shows that First Nations people have lived in inland Western Australia for more than 50,000 – 10,000 years earlier than we had previously thought.


9. Aboriginal kids in the Pilbara region are getting excited about technology through a program being run by the Indigenous Digital Excellence program  through the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence. The interactive program is teaching kids how to fly drones, program robots and use virtual reality!


10. No need to sit around on the couch this long weekend! Reconciliation Australia has some great suggestions about places we can all visit to learn more about country, culture and history. And they’re all in reach of a capital city! Check out their latest edition of Reconciliation News and flick to page 22 (after reading all the other amazing stories of course!) to find out the places closest to you.


Great to have your company again this week. Look forward to seeing you again next week.