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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Student boom in Sydney West

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

The number of Indigenous students in western Sydney is growing three times faster than the area
s general student population.  ..

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Centre will help save languages

Story courtesy Koori Mail

AN Indigenous language centre aiming to preserve languages across the Barkly region of the Northern Territory has opened in Tennant Creek.

The Papulu Apparr-Kari Indigenous Language Centre has been funded to coordinate language activities and projects across the Barkly, including the documentation and translation and teaching of languages and development of language resources.

Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion congratulated Papulu Apparr-Kari on the official opening of its centre.

"The construction of this new building was made possible by a $3.14 million investment from the NT Aboriginals Benefit Account and will support the preservation of Indigenous language and promote the maintenance of Indigenous culture across the region," he said.

Senator Scullion said the centre has been built to meet the current business needs and the future expansion of Papulu Apparr-Kari.

"To support the significant work of this language centre in recording and preserving the cultural heritage and knowledge of the Barkly region's many Aboriginal languages, this new building has a temperature controlled room for storing language, cultural and media artefacts as well as a library to keep important information on local language and cultural groups that could otherwise be lost," he said.

"I am particularly pleased that 75% of the on-site workforce for the construction of this building were local Aboriginal people.

"In addition to having local Indigenous workforce participation, a number of local businesses were also involved in the construction of this centre, including Aboriginal owned businesses from Tennant Creek."


Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Four new trainees take places in USQ program

Story courtesy Koori Mail

Hazel Douglas says she has 2000 reasons to smile - the same number of kilometres she travelled to take part in a year-long training program at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ).

USQ has welcomed its 2018 group for its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traineeship Program, with four new trainees on campus to work towards a Certificate III in Business qualification.

Indigenous employment and inclusion officer Sharron Jackson said the program is part of the university's efforts to help close the gap in education, training and employment between Indigenous and other people.

"Our traineeship program graduates have ventured into further education or employment," she said.

"The program is a great success, with its alumni proving to be excellent employees out in the workforce."

It took Ms Douglas three days to travel from Doomadgee in Queensland's Gulf Country to the USQ at Toowoomba.

She said the journey was worth it, and looks forward to the opportunity to boost her skills and gain qualifications before taking her experience back to her community.

Ms Douglas will join the USQ Institute for Agriculture and the environment executive director's office.

Other 2018 trainees are Chloe Short (internal audit, USQ Springfield), Mikaela Boase (student success and wellbeing, USQ Toowoomba) and Maddison Pashley (professional experience placements, USQ Toowoomba).

The USQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traineeship Program is an initiative of the University's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Career Development and Employment Strategy.

University of Southern Queensland trainees Chloe Short, Mikaela Boase, Maddison Pashley and Hazel Douglas.


Wednesday, February 07, 2018

TSI Rangers on the right course

Story courtesy of Koori Mail

Rangers in the Torres Strait have completed the Certificate IV in Government Investigations course.

The training was provided through funding received from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to develop a Compliance Management Unit in the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA).

The unit will support rangers in undertaking surveillance and environmental compliance activities on the islands under their care.

A ceremony was held during the annual TSRA rangers gathering on Thursday Island to mark the completion of the course.

TSRA chairperson Pedro Stephen said the qualification gives TSRA rangers academic and operational skills to undertake compliance-related activities.

"Our rangers play a critical role in protecting our region, and to strengthen the role of rangers in land and sea management is an important step forward," he said.

"While the rangers are not enforcement officers, they work closely with the relevant agencies to ensure local residents understand the regulations on a range of environment and fisheries issues."

Delivered by a team of expert compliance staff; the training program included theoretical and practical activities including surveillance, executing search warrants, interviewing techniques, offence detection, evidence collection, legislation, ranger safety, court processes and giving evidence in court.

During the workshop the rangers also participated in legislation training, which will enable them to be considered for appointment as inspectors.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

A medal shines for Country education

Story courtesy Koori Mail ..

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples


The International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples is observed on August 9 each year to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. This event also recognises the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental protection.

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Curriculum revamp

THE draft Australian Curriculum attempts to move beyond, rather than entrench, a ‘black armband’ view of history, according to Aboriginal educator Chris Sarra.

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