Sacred Connections

In this episode of Listening to Canberra Voices, we talk to Casey O’Neil, a First Nations student here at the University of Canberra. She shares her experiences as a Larrakia woman growing up in Ngunnawal Country as well as her own. Casey describes some of her favourite sacred sites, what makes them sacred and their importance to First Nations peoples. She talks about the impact they have on Indigenous identities and their connection to the sacred sites within both traditional and non-traditional landscapes. Some of these sites, particularly Uluru, are under threat from tourism and gas projects. Casey explains some of these issues and why the protection of sacred sites is an important part of First Nation peoples’ initiatives and ways of life in order to preserve their culture.Continue readingSacred Connections

Indigenous incarceration in the ACT

At the time of writing, there were 383 people locked up in the ACT prison, the Alexander Maconochie Centres. While a quarter of those incarcerated identify as Indigenous, the ABS estimates that only 1.9% of the ACT population is Indigenous. In January, the ACT Council of Social Services and Winunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services released a joint statement expressing concern at the high representation of Indigenous people in the AMC.Continue readingIndigenous incarceration in the ACT