Tag Archives: Aboriginal Communities

Engaging Aboriginal fathers

The following is the final submitted  version of an article (just published in developing practice) by me, Chris May and Craig Hammond, all from the the Family Action Centre at the University of Newcastle.While it is the August 2015 edition, … Continue reading

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Navigating dilemmas of community development: Practitioner reflections on working with Aboriginal communities

Abstract Intrinsically, community development involves navigating dilemmas. These dilemmas have intensified as neoliberal “arts of government” become more widespread and a “results agenda” more entrenched. Recent studies explore how community development practitioners manage the ambiguities of this current context. This … Continue reading

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Reconciliation week: It can’t stop now

Today, the anniversary of the 1992 Mabo decision in the High Court, marks the end of Reconciliation Week, which started on May 27, the anniversary of the 1967 referendum which saw over 90% of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth … Continue reading

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Stan Grant “Racism is destroying the Australian Dream”

In the lead up to Australia Day this is a passionate reminder that we have much to do before we can be proud of our history, particularly in relation to the original inhabitants of the land.

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Song for Sunday – Treaty by Yothu Yindi

As part of my recognition of NAIDOC week (a national celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples) this week’s song for Sunday is “Treaty” by Yothu Yindi from 1991. This land was never … Continue reading

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Saturday quote – We are sorry

For the pain, suffering and hurt of these Stolen Generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry. (Prime Minister Kevin Rudd) The national apology to the Stolen Generations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who had … Continue reading

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Some good articles/links – NAIDOC week

In recognition of NAIDOC week (a national celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples), this collection of weekend reading focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, communities and bloggers. Practice implications:  Family … Continue reading

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Creating positive images of Aboriginal fathers

We are surrounded by negative images of Aboriginal men and fathers. In the mainstream media, and even academic literature, they are mostly portrayed in a negative context: the focus is on crime, domestic violence, alcohol and other drugs, unemployment, and … Continue reading

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Introducing ABCD in a workshop

At a recent workshop, we asked participants to read a story about an elderly Aboriginal woman living in a little camp with her dogs on the edge of town (Sanders 2011, p.9). After reading the story we invited them to … Continue reading

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Literature on engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

The following are various articles I’ve come across relating to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities. Some of them directly relate to community engagement, are more general and address issues we should consider. Articles available on the web. … Continue reading

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