Karla Grant investigates the effect of the virus in Indigenous communities amidst her own family distress
[by Hannah Pemberton]
Next Monday (March 30) at 8.30pm, NITV’s award winning Indigenous current affairs program, Living Black, will air a COVID-19 special.
The world has paused amidst a global pandemic. In Australia, NSW has been the hardest hit state with the greatest number of confirmed cases.
Residing in Macquarie Park, Sydney, lives an Arrernte lady in her 70s named Elizabeth Visser. Her nursing home has seen several diagnoses of the virus amongst residents and staff, with the number still rising. Three deaths within the complex have left Visser’s family concerned for her life.
Visser is Karla Grant’s mother. Karla Grant reveals in this episode that her mother’s survival depends on total isolation from outsiders, as well as having zero contact with her family who could be unwitting transmitters of this killer virus.
Unable to see her mother indefinitely, Karla investigates the outbreak of the virus and its impact.
From how the inner-city suburb of Redfern is protecting itself, to how the AMS (Aboriginal Medical Service) has responded to this crisis, Karla makes it her mission to investigate what Indigenous communities in the inner-city of Sydney fear most.
Join NITV at 8.30pm on Monday 30 March for Living Black: COVID-19 Special. Audiences can catch up on NITV at 9:30pm on Wednesday 1 April and on SBS On Demand.
The only way through this crisis is together
[Kris Rallah-Baker, The Guardian]
This is not the first infectious agent to devastate Australia, but our collective memory as a nation and the great Australian amnesia have failed us. The consequences will be lethal.
Warnings about COVID-19 are being translated into Aboriginal languages
[Aneeta Bhole, SBS]
Language barriers in parts of the Northern Territory are being broken down so all Australians can access important messaging about the coronavirus pandemic.
NLC strict travel restrictions for communities
[by Leah McLennan]
The key principle guiding all the work the NLC has been doing since this virus outbreak, is that we must keep our mob safe. We’ve had that thought front of mind with every negotiation we’ve had with governments, both Commonwealth and NT.