Nearly $2 billion has been spent on Indigenous housing in the NT over the past eight years but in many areas conditions are still appalling. Jane Bardon looks at what went wrong and what may fix the problems.
The emergence of new technologies is changing the media landscape. Minority groups who have traditionally struggled for air and balance in mainstream media platforms are finding new and innovative ways to tell their stories and give their perspectives. From Facebook to film and television, the new media makers aren't waiting for anyone to consider their stories worthy.
My Survival as an Aboriginal delves beneath surface appearances to reveal a strong resistance to assimilation and loss of identity, as the late Essie Coffey, a Muruwarri woman, takes us into the Aboriginal struggle for survival.
A story about us, our language, our faith and our culture. In small communities across north-east Arnhem Land there's a team of learned Yolngu working tirelessly over generations to keep culture strong.
The Shadow Trackers venture to the Kimberly to Bunuba country and the township of Fitzroy Crossing. A small population of about 1,000 people, this community challenges the duo to examine the legend of the Devil Highway – a short stretch of road that is a popular thoroughfare in the daylight which becomes a deserted section of bitumen once the sun goes down. Only the thrill seekers and brave dare to use this eerie track in the dark. Traditional Owners and local guide Ningali Lawford share their experiences of the Devil Highway, testing the boys’ beliefs and bravery. On nightfall, Zac and Hunter take on the challenge to walk the Devil Highway themselves.
Award-winning journalist and Awaken host Stan Grant kicks off the new series with an Awaken Special - Identity. Filmed in front of a studio audience at the Sydney Opera House, Stan welcomes a guest panel to explore the emotive and at times divisive debate surrounding the question of Indigenous Identity.
In 1965 Charles Perkins led a group of students from Sydney University on journey known as the Freedom Rides. Awaken is filmed on location at Sydney University on the 50th anniversary of this event to ask what freedom means during a time where Indigenous Australia is facing forced community closures and 500 million dollars of cuts to government services.
Some of the longest and most high profile court cases involving Aboriginal Land have revolved around Uranium and its associated products. AWAKEN host Stan Grant will examine the strained relationship between Traditional Owners and the Nuclear Industry in a one hour forum to explore the past, the present and the future of Uranium Mining, Waste Disposal and Nuclear Technology in Australia.
At the time of colonisation Australia was home to more than 750 thousand people, that number dropped to less than 100 thousand by 1900. Nations, laws and languages were overridden and sometimes lost completely, children were removed for assimilation and sadly much of that cultural erosion still continues today. We refer to this as colonisation, but should we really be talking about Genocide.
Australia's Indigenous nations are as diverse as they are many but when it comes to education everyone is expected to fit into one model. If we're really serious about improving educational outcomes is it time to look at more flexibility in the schooling systems.
It has been 10 years since Kevin Rudd made his famous speech on February 13, 2008, in the federal Parliament when he formally apologised to Indigenous Australians for the forced removal of children from their families, also known as the Stolen Generations. It was a historic moment in the nation's history and a moment that Indigenous Australians had been waiting on for many years. Karla Grant sits down with the former Australian prime minister as he reflects on his life, time in office, the apology, the current state of Indigenous affairs, and what needs to be done to see real improvements in the lives of our First Nations people.
Acclaimed contemporary Australian artist Tony Albert's work has at times harboured a strong reaction as he tackles and attempts to break down Indigenous issues, historical truths and stereotypes. Karla Grant sits down with Albert to discuss art, Indigenous affairs, his life and artistic motivation, and how urban graffiti and street art is providing an artistic outlet for Indigenous Australians.
Karla Grant sits down with award-winning director Erica Glynn to discuss her documentary film In My Own Words and why she made a film that follows adult Indigenous Australians learning to read and write for the first time. Glynn also reveals the challenges involved in telling an often heartfelt and meticulous story and her drive to keep it as real and uplifting as possible.
What does it mean to be young and black in 2017? Join journalist Laura Murphy-Oates and four prominent Australians as they unpack the uncomfortable truths of being an Indigenous millennial. Young and Black asks personal and taboo questions about identity, racism, sex and everything in between. From talking kissing cousins and stereotypes with comedian Nakkiah Lui, to the shit sandwiches of life as an aspiring Liberal politician, and a sister's struggle to save her brother from the hell of Don Dale. Fifty years after the birth of the reconciliation movement, this generation of Indigenous youth were supposed to inherit a very different Australia - but what has changed, and what's still the same?
Karla Grant sits down with filmmaker Tyson Mowarin to discuss his documentary Connection to Country and what motivated him to document the battle faced by traditional owners from the Pilbara as they fight to save their cultural heritage from being consumed by the mining industry.
Karla Grant sits down with acclaimed director Warwick Thornton to discuss his documentary film We Don't Need A Map and what inspired him to create a film that raises the question over whether the Southern Cross has the potential to become a racist symbol. Thornton also reveals what drove him to want to become a film director and about his passion for film making and storytelling.
On Friday the 20th February 2015, Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Marcia and Category 4 Tropical Cyclone Lam hit northern Australia. Living Black journalists Karla Grant and Laura Murphy-Oates visited the communities of Galiwinku and Milingimby in Arnhem Land, Yeppoon and Rockhampton in Central Queensland in the aftermath.