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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Dodson quits AIATSIS post

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

MICK Dodson has has stepped down from the helm of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Studies (AIATSIS).

The Indigenous affairs champion served for more than a quarter of a century on the organisation’s council, the past 17 years as chairperson.

“I step down confident the future of AIATSIS is in safe hands,” the Yawuru man said.

“The appointment of a new chief executive offer, Craig Ritchie, recent funding allocations and passing of amendments to the AIATSIS Act 1989 provide renewed purpose for our
50-year-old institution.

“It has been a privilege to serve the Australian people including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in my role, and an honour to witness and guide the growth of AIATSIS into the world-renowned research, collecting and publishing institution it is today.

“AIATSIS is the custodian of knowledge, history and heritage of the oldest continuing culture on earth. It is intrinsic to our national identity.

“From language to dance, music to art, songlines to stories, AIATSIS has a central role in making sure that’s available not just to present generations but to future generations.”

Professor Dodson paid tribute to the staff at AIATSIS, saying their dedication and professionalism never ceased to astound him.

Source: The Koori Mail


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

NT boarding facility at Nhulunbuy

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

A NEW boarding centre aimed at improving the education of Indigenous students in the north-east Arnhem Land has been opened. Northern Territory Education Minister Eva Lawler said the $20 million ‘Dawurr’ boarding facility, at Nhulunbuy High School, will provide students and their parents with the choice of schooling closer to home.

“This is an exciting time for Nhulunbuy. Dawurr gives students and their parents a choice closer to home and also creates ongoing jobs through education and operational needs,” she said.

The boarding facility has one-, two- and four-student bedrooms, a commercial kitchen and dining room, tuition rooms, a multi-purpose art and music centre, amphitheatre as well as sporting facilities and open-plan gardens.

“This facility enables boarding students to access a range of subjects and opportunities through the school, such as maritime studies and tourism that would not be available in small remote locations,” Ms Lawler said.
Nhulunbuy High School principal Sabina Smith said a committee was established to provide expert advice and guidance on the centre.

“The consultation process, facilitated by the Yothu Yindi Foundation, has allowed the community and stakeholders to guide all aspects of how the facility will operate,” she said.

Source: The Koori Mail


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Broncos score academy support

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

THE Federal Government has allocated $5 million to support an additional 1000 places in the Beyond the Broncos Girls Academy for Indigenous girls in northern NSW and southern and western Queensland.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion said the funding would also provide continued support for the existing 300 places already part of the program.

“The Beyond the Broncos Girls Academy is a great program that provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls with an opportunity to be mentored and encourages increased school attendance while building leadership skills and developing career pathways to further education and employment," he said.

“Investing in the future of women and girls has a significant benefit not only to them as individuals but also for their family and broader community.”

Broncos chief executive Paul White said the funding was “a wonderful affirmation of the Beyond the Broncos Girls Academy program. The club is very proud of the work the program is doing to empower young women both academically and in their lives, and is looking forward to partnering with the Government to expand those opportunities.”

Source: The Koori Mail


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Library sparks more creatives

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

IF learning about robotics, drones, Ozobots, 3D printing and coding sounds good to you, then come along to Toronto Library in Lake Macquarie from May 23 to 25.
The IDX Flint 2017 digital literacy program is now available for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and local council cultural services manager Jacqui Hemsley invites people to take
part in the upcoming workshops.

“IDX Flint has been created to spark the interests, ideas and talents of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” Ms Hemsley said.  

“The free workshops at the library for facilitators and young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders will enhance digital literacy related to innovation industries.

“At the end of the program participants will have input into what technologies they would like to see and use at Toronto Library into the future.”

If you would like to book a group of students into any of the sessions below, contact Toronto Library on 4921 0641.

To learn more about the program, visit HERE or HERE.

The program is brought to the library by Lake Mac Libraries and Indigenous Digital Excellence (IDE).

IDE is a partnership between the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence and the Telstra Foundation.

The Koori Mail is a media partner of Show Me The Way


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