130109 – Canadian PM to talk with Aboriginal leaders following hunger strike: Tracker

* Tracker: 
Canadian PM to talk with Aboriginal leaders following hunger strike
* CBC News Canada: 9 questions about Idle No More
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement

* Tracker: Concern at high Indigenous youth jail rate
* Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody

* Tracker: Doubts over income quarantine in APY Lands
* Background to Income Management for APY Lands in South Australia

* Kathy Marks, The National: 
Billionaire mining magnate accused of dividing indigenous communities
* Background to the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC)

* NIRS: 
Sam Watson says Mabo Day a better day for national celebration
* Background to Mabo and Native Title

* ABC Video: Calls to pardon hanged Aboriginal man

* ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles

* Other articles

* TRACKER: 
CANADIAN PM TO TALK WITH ABORIGINAL LEADERS FOLLOWING HUNGER STRIKE

– News

newsTracker: 
Canadian PM to talk with Aboriginal leaders following hunger strike
http://tracker.org.au/2013/01/canadian-pm-to-talk-with-aboriginal-leaders-following-hunger-strike/
7 Jan 13: “CANADA: Canada’s prime minister has agreed to 
talks with Indigenous leaders as a hunger strike by one 
native chief, demanding improvements to squalid living 
conditions on reserves, enters its fourth week. … 
Following complaints of poor results from last year’s 
summit, this new round of talks will focus on Indigenous 
treaty rights and economic development in impoverished 
native communities, Harper’s office said. “We see this as 
a good first step,” Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand 
Chief Alvin Fiddler said of Harper’s offer to meet.”

See: 

About Tracker
http://tracker.org.au/about-us/
“Tracker magazine is a publication of the NSW Aboriginal 
Land Council, Australia’s largest Aboriginal organisation.”

* CBC NEWS CANADA: 9 QUESTIONS ABOUT IDLE NO MORE

– News

CBC News Canada: 9 questions about Idle No More
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/01/04/f-idlenomore-faq.html?cmp=rss
5 Jan 13: “What’s the goal of the Idle No More protests? 
The movement says it wants to “stop the Harper government 
from passing more laws and legislation that will further 
erode treaty and indigenous rights and the rights of all 
Canadians.” The mission statement reads, “Idle No More 
calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors 
and fulfils Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land 
and water.” The Idle No More Facebook group, which has 
about 45,000 members, says its purpose is “to support and 
encourage grassroots to create their own forums to learn 
more about Indigenous rights and our responsibilities to 
our Nationhood via teach-ins, rallies and social media.””

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

Last updated: 4 January 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies

* TRACKER: CONCERN AT HIGH INDIGENOUS YOUTH JAIL RATE

– News

newsTracker: Concern at high Indigenous youth jail rate
http://tracker.org.au/2013/01/concern-at-high-indigenous-youth-jail-rate/
7 Jan 13: “NEW SOUTH WALES: The number of Aboriginal 
children being jailed is soaring at an alarming rate, 
figures show. More than 250 Indigenous youth in 
northwestern NSW have been sentenced to juvenile prison 
terms during the past five years compared with only 12 
non-Aboriginal children, The Australian newspaper reported 
on Saturday. Figures from the Australian Institute of 
Health and Welfare show the national rate of Aboriginal 
juvenile incarceration has risen to 31 times the 
non-Indigenous rate, up from 27 times in 2008.”

See: 

About Tracker
http://tracker.org.au/about-us/
“Tracker magazine is a publication of the NSW Aboriginal 
Land Council, Australia’s largest Aboriginal organisation.”

– Related News

Australian: 
Kids prefer jail to abuse at home, says magistrate Roger Clisdell
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/kids-prefer-jail-to-abuse-at-home-says-magistrate-roger-clisdell/story-fn9hm1pm-1226549207731
8 Jan 13: “ABORIGINAL children in outback NSW are 
deliberately committing crimes so that they can be sent to 
jail to escape “constant and brutal domestic violence”, 
according to a serving magistrate who has decried a critical 
lack of sentencing options for some of the nation’s most 
disadvantaged children. Roger Clisdell has taken the 
extraordinary step of publicly highlighting the social 
catastrophe he sees unfolding daily in his courtroom in 
response to suggestions that country magistrates were 
punishing Aboriginal children with harsher sentences than 
city-based offenders.”

Australian: Juveniles missing shot at bail
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/juveniles-missing-shot-at-bail/story-fn9hm1pm-1226549163983
8 Jan 13: “JUDICIAL officers across the nation are 
concerned there is a major under-utilisation of bail for 
juvenile offenders, with indigenous children missing out 
the most. In Western Australia young Aborigines are 
disproportionately denied bail, but in Queensland, the 
Northern Territory, NSW and Victoria – as well as WA – 
there is growing concern from magistrates and others about 
the lack of granting of bail.”

Australian: Funding crisis for juvenile justice
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/legal-affairs/funding-crisis-for-juvenile-justice/story-e6frg97x-1226549207827
8 Jan 13: “THE nation’s children’s court system is damaged, 
starved of resources and handing out sentences that vary 
widely depending on where children live. The first national 
study of the country’s children’s courts, based on hundreds 
of interviews with magistrates, other judicial officers 
and a range of stakeholders, has called for an overhaul of 
the system.”

Australian: Call for review of juvenile sentencing
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/call-for-review-of-juvenile-sentencing/story-fn9hm1pm-1226548538532
7 Jan 13: “CRIMINAL lawyers are calling for an urgent 
review into consistency in sentencing following the release 
of statistics that show juvenile jail terms are handed out 
most frequently in NSW by magistrates in country towns, 
overwhelmingly to Aboriginal offenders. The NSW Hunter and 
mid-north coast regions topped the list for the number of 
juvenile jail terms, followed by the northern and 
northwestern regions, the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics 
and Research figures showed.”

Australian: Black justice: bun theft worth a year’s jail
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/black-justice-bun-theft-worth-a-years-jail/story-e6frgczx-1226548576185
7 Jan 13: “AN Aboriginal boy found guilty of stealing a 
packet of hamburger buns was sentenced to 12 months’ jail 
in the NSW town of Parkes – an action that has sparked 
calls for a review of haphazard and inconsistent sentencing 
patterns. Sam Davies had a virtually clean criminal record 
when he appeared before a Parkes magistrate to deny the 
larceny charge, but it was not enough to prevent a sentence 
that stands as one of the harshest recorded in NSW in the 
past five years.”

Australian: 
Jailed for a gram of dope, Boney struggles to stay free
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/jailed-for-a-gram-of-dope-boney-struggles-to-stay-free/story-fn9hm1pm-1226547867186
5 Jan 13: “HE was never far from trouble and the police 
were never far behind. Yet when he was handed a juvenile 
jail sentence of 12 months for possessing hardly more than 
a gram of marijuana with a street value of about $10, 
Laurence Boney, then 17, was stunned.”

* BACKGROUND TO ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT AND DEATHS IN CUSTODY: 

Last updated: 21 December 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment-and-deaths-in-custody

* TRACKER: DOUBTS OVER INCOME QUARANTINE IN APY LANDS

– News

newsTracker: Doubts over income quarantine in APY Lands
http://tracker.org.au/2013/01/doubts-over-income-quarantine-in-apy-lands/
8 Jan 13: “SOUTH AUSTRALIA: A scheme to manage welfare 
payments has stirred concern and confusion among remote 
Indigenous communities in South Australia, government 
documents show. Documents obtained under freedom of 
information show federal officials held consultations on 
income management with communities in the Anangu 
Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in May last 
year, alongside talks on a regional partnership agreement. 
Internal correspondence between Department of Indigenous 
Affairs (FAHCSIA) officials says “communities are getting 
confused with the volume of information we are presenting”.”

See: 

About Tracker
http://tracker.org.au/about-us/
“Tracker magazine is a publication of the NSW Aboriginal 
Land Council, Australia’s largest Aboriginal organisation.”

– Related News

ABC: Locals welcome remote welfare scheme
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-08/big-response-to-welfare-management-scheme/4456698/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
8 Jan 13: “More than 260 people on remote Aboriginal lands 
in South Australia’s outback volunteered for a Federal 
welfare management scheme in its first three months. Under 
the $3.8 million scheme, people on the APY Lands can 
volunteer to have 50 per cent of their income quarantined 
for food and household bills. The money is transferred to a 
BasicsCard and can only be spent on necessities.”

* BACKGROUND TO INCOME MANAGEMENT FOR APY LANDS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA:

APY Lands: Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands 
(remote N-W of South Australia)

Last updated: 30 December 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/14/background-to-income-management-for-apy-lands-in-south-australia

* KATHY MARKS, THE NATIONAL: 
BILLIONAIRE MINING MAGNATE ACCUSED OF 
DIVIDING INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES

– News

The National: 
Billionaire mining magnate accused of dividing indigenous communities
http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/asia-pacific/billionaire-mining-magnate-accused-of-dividing-indigenous-communities
8 Jan 13: “SYDNEY // One of Australia’s richest men, the 
multi-billionaire mining magnate Andrew Forrest, who has 
committed himself to improving the lives of Aboriginal 
people, has been accused of dividing indigenous communities 
and paying off traditional owners to secure cut-price access 
to their land. Mr Forrest, whose Fortescue Metals Group 
(FMG) mines iron ore in the resource-rich Pilbara region of 
north-western Australia, has been trying for years to 
strike a deal with one of the local tribal groups, the 
Yindjibarndi people.” Kathy Marks

* BACKGROUND TO THE YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION (YAC):

Last updated: 16 December 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/27/background-to-the-yindjibarndi-aboriginal-corporation-yac

* NIRS: 
SAM WATSON SAYS MABO DAY A BETTER DAY FOR NATIONAL CELEBRATION

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Sam Watson says Mabo Day a better day for national celebration
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7719-sam-watson-says-mabo-day-a-better-day-for-national-celebration
7 Jan 13: “Prominent Murri rights advocate Sam Watson has 
called for an alternative date for a national celebration 
day. Australia Day is currently celebrated on the 26th of 
January. Mr. Watson says the occasion has been largely 
marked by Indigenous Australians with a day to protest the 
start of European colonial occupation in 1788. … “We’ve 
put forward alternative dates, such as June the 3rd. June 
3rd, 1992, was the day in which the Mabo decision was 
handed down in the High Court of Australia. … “”

See: 

About the National Indigenous Radio Service
http://www.nirs.org.au/about-us
“The National Indigenous Radio Service Limited (NIRS) is a 
national service provided from a hub station residing in 
Brisbane. It networks material for Indigenous media 
organisations that don’t have the staffing or capital 
requirements to provide a 24-hour high quality broadcast to 
their audience.”

* BACKGROUND TO MABO AND NATIVE TITLE:

Last updated: 1 January 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/02/background-to-mabo-and-native-title

* ABC VIDEO: CALLS TO PARDON HANGED ABORIGINAL MAN

– Video

ABC: Calls to pardon hanged Aboriginal man
Source: 7pm TV News QLD
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-05/calls-to-pardon-hanged-aboriginal-man/4454064
7 Jan 13: “Indigenous activists hold a smoking ceremony in 
Brisbane’s Post Office Square to call for an official 
pardon for an Aboriginal man hanged there more than 150 
years ago.”

– Event

Event: Sat 5 January 2013: Post Office Square, Brisbane, Qld
Dundalli Remembrance
Resistance leader for his land, people and culture – executed 1855
All welcome!
Facebook: Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy
Event details: [scroll down page] http://workersbushtelegraph.com.au/

* ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: 
http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/am-4-1-13.mp3
4 Jan 13: “FORMER Northern Territory Administrator Ted Egan 
says Australia “returned to the 1950s” with the 2007 
Federal Intervention and that a new approach is needed that 
hands decision-making to Aboriginal communities. Mr Egan 
says he has never been more despondent about the prospects 
for Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory, declaring 
that after generations of policy failures the worst 
prophesies are now being fulfilled.”

– News

newsTracker: Doubts over income quarantine in APY Lands
http://tracker.org.au/2013/01/doubts-over-income-quarantine-in-apy-lands/
8 Jan 13: “Department notes say people in the Indulkana 
community of the APY Lands were worried that income 
management, which was introduced in October, was a “front 
for other things to come (similar to the NT intervention)”. 
… An APY Lands leader, Murray George, says community 
members overwhelmingly rejected proposals to introduce 
income management and urged the government to focus on 
issues of funding for communities and homelands. … Last 
year, FAHCSIA faced criticism for mishandling consultations 
with NT communities over plans to extend the intervention 
program, rebranded Stronger Futures, for another 10 years.”

* OTHER ARTICLES: 

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: 
http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/am-7-1-13.mp3
7 Jan 13: “* Things that are considered the most important 
to Aborignal people will not be reflected in any attempts 
at reconciliaiton unless the wider non indigenous 
population is prepared to accept the significance of their 
role as caretakers off country. 
* The destruction of two iconic Ghost Gums painted by 
Central australian artist Albert Namatjira has saddened 
many people according to the Territory Minister for 
Indigenous Advancement, Alison Anderson.”

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
CSG sparks heritage and water fears
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7720-csg-sparks-heritage-and-water-fears
7 Jan 13: “A voting member of the Illawarra Local 
Aboriginal Land Council in New South Wales says coal seam 
gas mining threatens a number of cultural heritage sites in 
the area. Yuin man Lyle Davis says CSG in the Wollongong 
area, south of Sydney, has the potential to damage the 
environment, in particular a number of waterways. Mr. Davis 
says a clever man, or kuradji, buried at Sandon Point is an 
example of a sacred site that shouldn’t be damaged.”

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Labor warned to lift its game at national level
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7718-labor-warned-to-lift-its-game-at-national-level
7 Jan 13: “A former Labor candidate for South Australia and 
Aboriginal rights campaigner says the ALP is in danger of 
losing a large amount of Indigenous votes at a national 
level. Tauto Sansbury from Adelaide has slammed the Labor 
Government in SA for not addressing issues in the state 
relating to Indigenous people. He says he’s quit the ALP, 
but hasn’t yet decided which party is the best to improve 
the situation of Aboriginal South Australians.”

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