More Indigenous kids in remote Australia are killing themselves than anywhere else in the world. In the space of just one generation, the problem has gone from virtually non-existent, to endemic. It is devastating families and leaving a tidal wave of grief and despair in its wake. These are the people trying to pick up the pieces.
Click here to read the full story by Stephanie Zillman on ABC News.
First Peoples First Cultural Foundation issued its first official media release today, outlining its purpose and encouraging all Australians to join in saving our precious cultural heritage.
Read the contents of the release below (click on "Read More")
or download the Media Release as a PDF.
Bilingual brains have better attention and focus, study finds
Scientists have found that knowing more than one language can help make you smarter. An article by David Nield on the Science Alert website says researchers in the UK found that bilinguals are better able to zero in on the task at hand than those who only know one language.
Radio Adelaide's Peace of the Action podcast – 11 Sept 2016: Sue and Clayton chat with John Hartley about the First People’s First Cultural Foundation, as well as with Eunice Rodgers. Songs from both are included in the podcast….
With stunning photos and stories, National Geographic Explorer Wade Davis celebrates the extraordinary diversity of the world's indigenous cultures, which are disappearing from the planet at an alarming rate.
View the video below or on TED with interactive transcript.
The following article, including video, can be found here at The Guardian website. Following is an excerpt..
Only a handful of frail elders speak our language. Our youth can save it, but the language can also save our youth and reconnect them with their heritage.
The symbology of the First Peoples First logo
Here in our logo you will see the four primary colours of humanity – black, yellow, red, and white – all encapsulated with the circle representing mutual exchange, interdependence, connection and reciprocity. And also the universal themes of Country, Culture, Family Future.
Simply stated: In the circle “We All Belong" and “We Are All Responsible”.
You will also notice red dots representing a low burning fire. Customarily, in some nations, good manners dictated when entering into another’s Country to light a small fire and wait until approached, so right-way relationships were worked out and invitations extended and shelter rest and food offered.
We at the FPF Cultural Foundation Inc. trust that you will see this fire, feel its warmth, invite us in and join with us in the work that needs to be done to ensure First Peoples' cultural values, beliefs and practices continues to enrich all future generations.
The loss of one of Australia’s ancient Aboriginal languages was mourned yesterday with the burial on Cape York of its last fluent speaker, Tommy George.
A renowned stockman, tracker, land right’s activist and co-founder of the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival, he was the sole custodian of Awu Laya, the language of the Kuku Thaypan people.
He and his brother George Musgrave were awarded honorary doctorates by James Cook University for their help in documenting language and traditional fire management of land...