‘Koori Mob’ from Coomealla NSW release debut single
[by Toby Finlaysin]
From the remote Indigenous communities of Coomealla/Dareton, where the ‘Barka’ (Darling River) meets the Murray River, another group of Original Nations young people are singing up important stories about culture, country and connection.
Courtesy of ground-breaking charity organisation, Desert Pea Media - a new song and music video production from Barkindji/Maraura Country - in partnership with Coomealla Aboriginal Health Service (CHAC) is set to hit the airwaves on July 7, 2021.
This production is a dreamy, atmospheric head-nodder with technical rhymes and an evocative hook that tells a tale of connection and reverence for the river – the source of life for Barkindji People for thousands of generations.
These projects are about creating community-led, inter-generational conversations around social change, with young people at the forefront. Facilitated by DPM artists, including acclaimed Bundjalung hip-hop artist - JK47. This production was created as an outcome from a DPM storytelling project held in Coomealla in April 2021.
Desert Pea Media has delivered over 180 unique ‘collaborative storytelling projects’ in over 70 remote communities around Australia for nearly two decades. We have 4.3 million views on our Youtube Channel and have won four Indigenous Music Awards.
“The empowerment these kids got from a one-week project is inspirational. These kids are now empowering other youth and are creating pathways for the next generation coming through, I couldn’t be any prouder of my community for coming together and making this project successful," said Jaharlyn Mitchell from Coomealla Health Aboriginal Corporation.
Patty Mills and Cate Campbell announced as Olympic flag bearers
[Alex Conrad, news.com.au]
Usually the flag bearers are told within the confines of the Olympic Village a few days before the opening ceremony, but the nation found out at the exact same time the athletes.
Calls for more Indigenous doctors to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal people
[Housnia Shams, ABC]
Professor Kong is one of about 600 Indigenous doctors in Australia and advocates argue more medical practitioners are needed to improve the health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Taking steps toward financial freedom
[by Olivia Evans]
Maintaining a strong connection from his childhood growing up amongst the rich culture of the Gamilaroi people in Tamworth, First Nations Foundation CEO, Phil Usher, also has family roots that make him a proud Wiradjuri man from Central New South Wales.