Today is Harmony Day, or, more correctly, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. To mark this important event, the United Nations human rights chief reminded Governments around the world that they have a legal obligation to stop hate speech ...
CASSE’s ground-breaking community psychoanalytic approach to Aboriginal mental health is achieving positive outcomes. The Men’s Tjilirra Movement (MTM), facilitated by CASSE and in collaboration with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), is leading cultural revival, changing minds and saving lives in the central western desert region of Australia. Ryan Liddle and the NITV team filmed a feature story about the inspiring men involved in this movement which premiered on 'Living Black' last week. Don't panic if you missed it - it will be replayed on Living Black on SBS on Monday 6th March at 5pm. Following is the story about the MTM which is published on the NITV website.
What does a nation that sees, hears and knows – that recognises – all of its peoples look like? Taking the day after recognition as a possible starting or end point, this symposium will journey through the unrecognised trails of trauma and shine a light on breakthroughs to achieve recognition, change minds and save lives.
Australia has not been a country of master-slave, but a servile consciousness has been perpetuated by the declaration of Terra Nullius, of needing to grant citizenship and land rights and having corralled people into settlements, curfews and 'half-caste' regulations. Gary’s Letter to Antoinette is a very moving letter of remembrance, of deep apology and a wish to repair damage done from a man who grew up in Cape Town, South Africa.
Last week Australia was presented with the Maiden Speeches of our new politicians. While often this time passes with little to cause more than a ripple, this week was different. There were waves of pride, followed by a tsunami of shame, followed by healing waves of hope.
As an ABC documentary to air on September 20 asks 'RECOGNITION: Yes or No?', it may be time for you to get a copy of CASSE's 'Recognition' booklet and consider this question from the psychological viewpoint. Written by the Director of CASSE's Aboriginal Australian Relations Program, Pamela Nathan, in preparation for her role as a panellist at the Sydney Ideas event 'What is Recognition?', featuring Noel Pearson and Jonathan Lear, 'Recognition - A matter of life and death in Aboriginal Australia' is a 30 page booklet