Young Noongar man dies in custody in Perth
[supplied by NATSILS]
NATSILS is deeply saddened to learn of the death of young Noongar man in Perth’s Hakea prison on Friday. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this difficult time.
There have been multiple Black deaths in custody this year, every one of those people has a family mourning their passing. Just last month, we were deeply shocked, hurt and angered to learn of the death of 16-year-old Dunghutti teenager Jai Wright, who died after a collision with a police vehicle.
“The news that another one of our young fullas has lost his life is absolutely gut-wrenching. This is very sad news after losing another young man - Jai Wright - just last month. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with the family, with Jai's family, and all those living without their loved ones who have lost their lives in custody.” - NATSILS Executive Officer, Jamie McConnachie
Over 500 Aboriginal people have died in custody since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in 1991. Every single one of those people have family and community who are grieving their passing.
We have had the solutions to end these senseless deaths for over 30 years from the Royal Commission. Governments need to urgently implement all of the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Pathways to Justice Inquiry, the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory and the many deaths in custody coronial investigation recommendations.
NATSILS stand in solidarity and deep respect with all families whose loved ones have died in custody in their calls for change, justice and accountability.
Dubbo and Orana kids check out uni life
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More than 100 Year 6 students from primary schools within the Dubbo and Orana region became honorary university graduates overnight when they attended Charles Sturt University’s ‘Check it Out! Day’.
National Indigenous Art Triennial centres the ongoing process of ceremony
[Rudi Bremer, ABC]
When curator Hetti Perkins talks about 'ceremony' she invokes the image of an iceberg: the public part we experience is the tip, floating above the water — but below that surface there are stories with immense depth and breadth known only to our ancestors and senior people.
Great Western Highway upgrades anger Aboriginal groups
[Xanthe Gregory, ABC]
The state and commonwealth governments have unveiled plans to spend $4.5 billion to upgrade the stretch between Katoomba and Lithgow, west of Sydney. The resulting roadworks would reduce travel time from about 40 to 29 minutes.