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Eighty Indigenous students from 15
Catholic schools met in Adelaide recently,
some learning of their cultural identity
through the unique gathering.
“When I first came here, I felt ashamed
because I didn’t know my mob,” says
Loreto College student Narsheka Sian
She’s since discovered her parents’ “skin
names” and her ancestry of the Eastern
Arrernte (also Aranda) community.
Narsheka attended the increasingly popular
Yellaka Yellakarri Leadership Program for
the second time in May. “There’s a lot more
people this year,” she says. “When I first
started there were about 28 of us.”
Youth at the YY Leadership Program who
spoke to The Southern Cross said the
top three issues of concern were loss of
culture, education in remote communities
and constitutional reform.
Frederick Campbell has had to travel from
the Northern Territory to Rostrevor College
to receive schooling. “It’s hard for me to be
away from my family and from my country.”
Tiwa Sansbury, from Our Lady of the
Sacred Heart College, has attended the
leadership program three times since Year
8. “It’s a great opportunity to learn more
about your community and your culture,”
says the Year 12 student, a descendant of
the Ngarrindjeri and Narangga people.
The annual program was conducted by
Catholic Education SA from May 18-22.
Dr Roma Aloisi, CEO Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Education Team senior
education adviser, said the program gave
students the chance to connect life stories,
identity and leadership through community
elders and role models.
“The program is about helping our
Indigenous students grow as leaders
and find their own identity in the Catholic
context,” said Dr Aloisi.
INDIGENOUS LEGACY: Kaurna and Narangga elder Uncle Frank Wanganeen with some of the 80 Indigenous students from
Catholic schools at the Indigenous Soldiers War Memorial at the Torrens Parade Ground.
Finding cultural identity together
Governments at State and Federal
levels must become serious about
the immense shortage of housing
stocks in townships, instead of
contemplating how they can make
it worse by forcing more people
from remote areas into town-zones
already suffering from serious
deprivations, says Broome Bishop
“The crime rate in townships is far
greater than in remote areas, as is
serious drug abuse,” said Bishop
Saunders last month. “Needles are
not found lying around in bunches
in remote villages as they are in
regional townships,” he said in
his statement to Catholic parishes
across Australia as the Church
prepares to celebrate Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander Sunday
on July 5.
“The original argument in favour of
closing off funds to many remote
communities was an economic
one,” he said. “There is not enough
money to pay for the homelands, it
was said. It is simply amazing how
it is in this country that whenever
governments over-spend or income
shrinks, it is always the poor who
pay to rectify the fiscal shortfall.”
In South Australia on July 1,
Aboriginal communities will begin
to feel the impact of the Federal
Government’s budget cutting
Indigenous Advancement Strategy,
as reported by The Southern Cross
SA Reconciliation Circle member
Sister Michelle Madigan rsj issued
a statement on behalf of Ngoppon
Together Inc. (the Murray Bridge
Reconciliation Group) on Sorry
Day (May 26) regarding the impact
of budget cuts on one of the
oldest Indigenous communities in
Australia, on Lake Alexandrina. The
statement was published in the
Sisters of St Joseph e-newsletter.
Ngoppon Together member, and
treasurer of the Catholic Women’s
League in Murray Bridge, Maureen
Byass said the end result of cutting
funding to remote communities
“so savagely” was the “forced
shutdown of these communities”.
“People will be forced away from
their traditional lands and into cities
and towns, where they will struggle
to find decent accommodation,
employment, and will lose their
community spirit as they will be
become isolated,” she said. “I
cannot see how this will benefit
• The Adelaide Archdiocese will
celebrate Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Sunday on July 5 at
11am Mass at St Patrick’s Church,
• To read Bishop Saunder’s
statement in full visit: https://www.
Warning on cuts
to remote areas
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