Indigenous Protesters Demand Inclusiveness at Invasion Day Rally

WA’s indigenous people have continued the demand on Australia Day for the country’s national day to be changed, claiming it began the “genocide of our people”. Several hundred people attended a Perth rally in Forrest Chase on Saturday, with both indigenous Western Australians and their supporters gathering to mark what they called “invasion day”. The…

Government urged to make remote communities self sufficient

Following robust negotiations, the State Government and the Commonwealth have reached a $121 million dollar funding agreement for continued support for remote housing and essential services. WA currently spends $90 million dollars across 165 remote communities, with the additional funding allowing current community programs to be extended. “This is just not about housing, this is…

$121 million dollar Commonwealth funding for remote housing

Support for remote communities will continue as the State Government agreed to a $121 million dollar deal with the Commonwealth to help fund remote communities in WA. Following the previous 10 year $1.1 billion dollar National Partnership Agreement expiring on June 30th this year, an initial offer of $60 million dollars over three years being…

Police Indigenous Abuse “Alive” Despite Police Pledge to Improve Aboriginal Treatment

An indigenous advocate claims police abuse of Aboriginal people is “alive and well,” despite WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson pledging to improve the treatment of Aboriginal people. Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Chairman Mervyn Eades said young indigenous Australians were still running from police, as Mr Dawson apologised for the police’s historical and ongoing mistreatment of…

WA’s Top Cop Says Sorry To Aboriginals for Police Racism

WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson has apologised for “immeasurable pain and suffering” caused to Indigenous Australians by police, calling for an end to racism and bias towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Commissioner Dawson claimed in his NAIDOC Week speech police “played a significant role” that contributed to “traumatic history” as well as indigenous “mistrust”…

Fremantle Kicks Off NAIDOC Week Celebration On Sunday

The City of Fremantle is celebrating NAIDOC Week, with special community events for all ages. The NAIDOC Week theme this year ‘Because of her, we can!’ highlights the important role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played in the community. Fremantle Deputy Mayor, Ingrid Wilson explained it’s important to educate youth on aboriginal culture…

Pilbara Transitional Housing To Improve Indigenous Families

Transitional housing will be expanded into north-west regional WA, in an effort to increase the number of homes for lower socio-economic groups. $18 million will be provided to repurpose 40 government-owned homes as traditional housing, under the State Government’s newly launched new Affordable Housing Action Plan, to provide homes for regional indigenous families. “Housing is…

Aboriginal Youth Suicide “Epidemic” Leads To Appeal For Imrpoved Support

An Indigenous activist has called for more support services for aboriginal people, following a spate of indigenous youth suicides over the past year. Ngalla Maya founder Mervyn Eades wants an indigenous appropriate drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre, with drug addiction particularly from crystal methamphetamine or ice use a major contributing factor. “In the past eight…