Indigenous Women

We need to do more for our Indigenous girls

“Considering how much our professional footballers are called upon to be faces and leaders of the community by the mainstream, you’d be forgiven for thinking a lot of the worth of Aboriginal people in general society depends on whether or not they can kick a football.

Right now, there are only a handful of programs that focus on the unique circumstances of young Indigenous women. Initiatives like Girls at the Centre by The Smith Family and the Multi-mix mob (a playgroup catering for children and their mothers) are few and far between.  And most seem to be offered through not-for-profit groups or foundations with limited governmental support. A programme like Clontarf, by using sport as a way to reach them, also gives our young men so many other options by teaching them to aim high and value education. Couldn’t our women also benefit from such a well-rounded approach?

The issues faced by Indigenous girls are diverse and their needs are wide-ranging. There is a demonstrated need for a range of programs geared around educational empowerment, health and well-being, parenting support and skills, sports and recreation and general leadership.

Yet at this point, apart from the above-mentioned programs, the most high profile personal development initiatives seem to be beauty contests. There needs to be so much more.” Read more HERE by Celeste Liddle

A platform for the people who are not always heard

“Being heard” is a key issue that many indigenous peoples face. Sadly there is an ongoing lack of respect for their ways of knowing. Spaces where indigenous ways of knowing dominate, rather than the knowledges and practices of the dominant culture, provide a rare opportunity to engage with some of the most ancient and practical knowledge systems in the world. Across the world, our education facilities are dominated by coloniser groups and their knowledge systems, as are our parliaments, our health providers and so forth. Indigenous voices within these spaces are generally considered as marginal rather than central and it is therefore a rejuvenating experience to enter spaces where this is not the case.

These gatherings also provide spaces where non-indigenous people can engage in indigenous culture in ways they usually wouldn’t. Non-indigenous people can listen and observe, but they don’t control the space. They can access education and cultural practices in ways generally not available to them anywhere else. Global indigenous gatherings provide opportunities to work collaboratively, rather than paternalistically, and provide an opportunity to build networks and further practices in knowledgeable and respectful ways.” Read more HERE by Celeste Liddle

Standing Beside the Kapululangu Women Elders as they Hold their Law and Culture and Make Their Children Strong

Kapululangu’s elders grew up and were trained in the Old Ways before the arrival of Kartiya/non-Indigenous people in their ancestral countries. This makes them custodians of an immense wealth of stories, skills and cultural knowledge.  They want to share this wealth.

The Kapululangu Women’s Law and Culture Centre was established by Balgo Women Elders to assist them in fulfilling their obligations as the Senior Law Women (Ceremonial Bosses) Healers, Providers and Protectors of their families and Peoples.The Kapululangu Elders grew up in the desert before the arrival of Kartiya (Strangers) in their Ancestral Countries. They are among the few last remaining Aboriginal People to have been trained in the Kurralkatjanu Yiwarra (Old Ways). They are custodians of an immense wealth of stories, dances, songs, skills and cultural knowledge.Kapululangu is the Elders’ local Indigenous response to their locally-identified problems using locally-initiated, culturally-based strategies. Kapululangu was established by the Balgo Women Elders who wanted to enjoy and to teach the cultural knowledge that was passed to them by their Old People and Ancestors. Read more HERE by Zohl De Ishtar
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