National Talkblack 081021

National Talkblack 081021

We had:

Andrew Plastow, principle at Ngutu College, talking about how he has opened up Ngutu College in Adelaide. He spent decades as a public school principal, Andrew Plastow left the system in despair at curriculum trends he believed were not empowering Aboriginal students. “It was that frustration of Aboriginal children being seen in the deficit — ‘close the gap, close the gap, close the gap’,” he said. The Kamilaroi man decided to act on his frustrations and founded a new school, Ngutu College, grounded in Indigenous ways of teaching.

Tony Stevenson, CEO of Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia, talking about Vital New Network to support Indigenous people who have mental health issues by linking them (free of charge) to other people facing mental health issues. A massive 3.8 million Australians now live with a mental illness.The Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia has announced it is establishing a vital new much needed network which will directly support Indigenous people who have mental health issues. It is a safe and secure platform. An APP will be released soon. It enables people with mental health issues to connect no matter where they are. The Network is free to join. MIFA highlights the new project is a positive step forward for many people with mental health issues who want to be more connected with other people facing similar issues.

Rodney Carter, CEO of Dja Dja Wurrung, talking about Movement to change Jim Crow Creek to Larni Barramal Yaluk ramps up. The plan to rename Jim Crow Creek in Central Victoria is progressing, with the proposed change to Larni Barramal Yaluk open for community consultation through Hepburn Shire in south-west Victoria. The traditional owners of the land, the Dja Dja Wurrung, have been calling for the name to change for years due to its racist and offensive connotations — calls that were backed by Hepburn Shire’s Reconciliation Action Plan Committee and members of the community.

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