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The Centralian advocate Tue 20 May 2008



The Centralian advocate Tue 20 May 2008


Centralian Advocate; NewspaperNT




Incorrectly numbered on first page as v. 61 no. 102; This publication contains may contain links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.




Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Australia, Central -- Newspapers

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 61 no. 103

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20 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, May 20, 2008 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 2 0 -M A Y -2 0 0 8 P A G E : 2 0 C O L O R : C M Y K Proudly supporting Reconciliation Week Promoting cultural diversity through both-ways learning & education 2 3 4 7 0 2 /0 8 1 9 4 7 0 2 /0 8 CAAMA CENTRAL AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL MEDIA ASSOCIATION Alice Springs, Australia CAAMA proudly supports Reconciliation Week, Alice Springs CAAMA Board and Staff 404705/08 A safe effective healing place for individuals of all ages Central Australian Aboriginal Alcohol Programs Unit Proudly Supports National Reconciliation Week Giving individuals the tools to live a healthy sober active life Ph: 08 8955 5336 Fax: 08 8955 5385 37 4 7 0 5 /0 8 Working together produces results AUSTRALIAS most successful referendum, which became a defining event in the nations history, was held on May 27, 1967. The referendum saw more than 90 per cent of eligible Australians vote yes to count Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in the national census of the population and to give the Commonwealth Government power to make specific laws in respect of indigenous people. This event is often referred to as the first stage of the reconciliation movement in Australia. The anniversary provided a rare and significant opportunity to further encourage the Australian communitys interest in reconciliation. If indigenous and non indigenous Australians working side by side in the lead-up to the referendum could achieve such a resounding result, imagine what Australians could do to progress todays reconciliation agenda. Australians have learned so much in 40 years about the foundation for building meaningful relationships and about the roles each member of the community plays in doing that for the benefit of the nation, socially and economically. With this in mind Reconciliation Australia has worked with a number of partners to deliver a program of activity designed to: Raise the profile of reconciliation as an important issue in contemporary Australia; Promote to all Australians a greater understanding of what reconciliation looks like in many different settings; and Enlist measurable long-term action plans from businesses and other organisations towards the overarching objective of closing the 17-year life expectancy gap between indigenous and nonindigenous children, including health, education, employment and relationship building. Historic events NATIONAL Reconciliation Week began in 1996 to provide a special focus for nationwide reconciliation activities. It is a time to reflect on achievements so far and on what is still to be done to achieve reconciliation. NRW coincides with two significant dates in Australias history which provide strong symbols of our hopes and aims for reconciliation. May 27 marks the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum in which more than 90 per cent of Australians voted to remove clauses from the Australian Constitution which discriminated against indigenous Australians. The referendum also gave the Commonwealth Government the power to make laws on behalf of Aboriginal people. June 3 marks the anniversary of the High Court of Australias judgment in 1992 in the Mabo case. This recognised the Native Title rights of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the original inhabitants of the continent and overturned the myth of Terra Nullius that Australia was empty and unowned land before Europeans arrived in 1788. Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education students met with CDU migrant education students at a cross cultural workshop in April. Cultural diversity to fore in learning at Batchelor BATCHELOR Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education is committed to cultural diversity through a both-ways approach to learning. This ensures the institutes ability to provide culturally sustainable education and training within a safe, sensitive and inclusive learning community. Batchelor Institute vice chancellor professor Jeannie Herbert said a commitment to both-ways was one of the institutes guiding principles as it helped build a culture of respect and trust. She said: The both-ways philosophy brings together indigenous traditions of knowledge and western academic disciplinary positions and cultural contexts and embraces values of respect, understanding and diversity. The close links between the institute and the indigenous communities it serves, have led to a mixed mode form of conducting most courses, which is unique in the Territory. This combines community-based study and research, field study and supervised work experience with short, intensive residential workshops at a number of sites, including Batchelor and Alice Springs. As a result our students are active participants in the workforce and make a strong contribution to the health and wellbeing of their communities and families. Batchelor Institute offers a wide variety of study opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples that range from skills-based VET options to higher education degree courses including nursing, teacher education and applied sciences. There are also post graduation options including Masters and PhD. For more information on the complete range of more than 80 course options go to www.batchelor.edu.au or freecall 1800 677 095 or email enquiries@batchelor.edu.au A Centralian Advocate Advertising Feature RECONCILIATION WEEK

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