Tiga Bayles interviews Indigenous activist and academic, and head of Southern Cross University's Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples, Professor Judy Atkinson. This interview is about Judy Atkinson's life. She talks about her childhood, schooling, Indigenous massacres on her homeland, the Intervention of the Northern Territory Aboriginal communities, the Freedom Photo Movement in the United States, her degree in Professional Writing, Media and Film Making, the invasion of Australia, Sexual Violence, Colonisation of Aboriginal Men, Steve Hagan's influence on her life, her German heritage, Christianity, children and education and much more. Judy Atkinson is also passionate about writing poetry and reads a number of them throughout the interview.
Tiga Bayles interviews Philip Martin a former community worker with the Cape York Institute at the Aurukun Aboriginal community. Philip left his job suddenly when he felt the community consultation in Aurukun wasn't reached properly. He tells of how there was no accommodation or office space when they arrived in Aurukun and mentions what the community members think about Aurukun and it's conditions.
Tiga Bayles also interviews Indigenous elder of the Hopevale community Estelle Bowen. Aunty Estelle is also the Coordinator of Life Promotion who works with Local Mental Health and deals with the prevention of suicide. Aunty Estelle has lost two children to suicide and currently lives in a house with 14 or so other people. She talks about economic development for the communities, the lifestyle in Hopevale, overcrowded homes, the reason why Indigenous people don't want to leave their communities and more. She also calls on the government to provide 100 more houses for the community, not just 20.
Tiga Bayles interviews Chris Graham who is the Editor of the National Indigenous Times. They talk about the Northern Territory, The Dreaming Project, Indigenous money, ABA funds being used in other states for the first time ever, the military in the Northern Territory, government documents that were found, health checks on Indigenous children, the New Zealand government and their support, Doomadgee and other Indigenous issues. Chris Graham also expresses his feelings about his time being a journalist for the National Indigenous Times and how some non-indigenous Australians are not mature enough to understand Indigenous issues and that Indigenous issues should be confidential.
Tiga Bayles interviews Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement CEO Neil Gillespie. They talk about the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement, National Aboriginal Justice Advisory Council
(NAJAC) meeting in Canberra as well as meeting with the NIC, Native Title Representative Bodies, legal service, elections, the Northern Territory issues, mining, Palm Island and the Mulrunji Doomadgee death in custody and other Indigenous issues.
Tiga Bayles interviews Larissa Behrendt who is a Professor of Law and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of learning at the University of Technology in Sydney. They talk about NAIDOC week, NITV launch, the upcoming election, Mal Brough pork-barreling and other Indigenous issues.
Tiga Bayles interviews Project Manager for the Lake Condah Sustainable Development Project and Chairperson of the Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation Damien Bell. He talks about the importance of the recent native title determination of their claims to
the Gunditjmara people and look at the relationship between native title and other projects that the Gunditjmara are involved in for NAIDOC week, environmental flow of waterways, Indigenous remains being dug up, racism when he was a child, Indigenous Land Corp and more.
Tiga Bayles interviews Michael Mansell. In this interview they discuss Indigenous lands, the government wanting to take over the N.T, child abuse in the N.T, Native Title Act, the comments that were made by the New Zealand government for Indigenous peoples, NAIDOC week and more.
Tiga Bayles interviews Queensland Senator Andrew Bartlett and Tiga Bayles interviews Sam Jeffries who is the Coordinator of the Murdi Paaki and Chair of the Regional Assembly. In this interview they discuss the Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly, Indigenous communities, COAG, Social Justice, Native Title Act and more.
Tiga Bayles interviews David Cole who is the founder and director of the Balunu Foundation in the Northern Territory. David Cole is joined by one of his uncles, Bobby Cole, who has been in the Indigenous Leadership Program. The name Balunu comes from the Luritja language of central Australia . The word Balunu means creation and this is what we are about: the creation of strong youth, strong culture, strong leaders, for a strong future by breaking negative cycles and creating positive ones. Our youth can no longer
wait. The time has come to nurture, to love and to offer spiritual healing to guide them on their journey toward harmony and balance. Creating a future free of pain and suffering while creating strong families for the
generations to come. We have a holistic approach, reconnecting the youth to their true identity, dealing with the underlying issues they face and equipping them with the necessary tools to make strong choices. Through support and encouragement we work on the youth's self-esteem, confidence and emotional and spiritual wellbeing to enable them to become strong balanced individuals who will grow to become good fathers, good mothers and create strong families which will provide an environment to nurture, guide, protect and love the children
within these families.
Balunu's vision is a three hundred year vision, as it has taken us over two hundred years to be in the suffering we face today in Indigenous society and
it will take a lot longer to get back out of it. But there are short term goals towards reaching this long term vision. The short term being the healing of an individual and long term being the strengthening of many generations which will flow under this individual.
We do this through a remote isolated Cultural Healing Camp which is where we take the youth and work on the many different aspects of their suffering. Elders play a vital role in the camp, for it is their knowledge we rely on in order to find our true identity. Respect is the motto in which the camp is founded and a counselor also attends to assist with the underlying issues within the youth. The youth work through a ten step methodology, mapping out their barriers, concerns, needs, desires and aspirations and dreams. We support them and help to deal with the issues which hold them back from reaching their dreams.
Balunu will be establishing what we call the place of maintenance, where we do the constant follow up work, reinforcing and continual strengthening. It is also a place where we will be reaching out to the younger youth. The place of maintenance will have a range of activities which will be open to Indigenous and non Indigenous youth. We want to provide a place of gathering, where bridges of understanding will be built, friendships are formed and the sharing of information and knowledge can take place. Ultimately, suffering
does not discriminate and although Balunu is aimed at breaking the cycles of suffering in Indigenous society, we intend to have non Indigenous youth also attend our program in the future.
This journey is one of healing. United we must walk together to end the suffering and create a better future for all. The generational pain and suffering which holds us back from moving forward as balanced and proud people is also the one barrier which is denying us the opportunity to create a future free of suffering. We cannot undo the past, but we all own the now and I ask you to join us on this journey. Together we can make a difference for the future which will not only strengthen Aboriginal society but will bring us together as Australians alike and create a more harmonious and
united country which then can truly call themselves a Nation.
The past has brought us to where we are today, what we do today will determine our tomorrow.
Founder and Director Balunu Foundation
If you want to get involved and contribute in any way or if you require more information, please contact us http://www.balunu.org.au/
We are happy to discuss our concept with you in more detail!
Tiga Bayles interviews Dr Chris Sarra who is the Director of the Indigenous Education Leadership Institute and former Principal of Cherbourg School. Chris Sarra talks about Indigenous leadership, Cherbourg School, teachers, education, cultural differences, Indigenous children who are treated differently to a mainstream school, children's voices not being heard, identity in schools, his feelings on the announcement of John Howard wanting to take over the Northern Territory and more.