Country, Culture, People, Future

February 2015

IBN Opens new Elders aged care facility

Posted: February 26th, 2015

Port Hedland Aboriginal Corporation IBN hsa opened a new aged care facility catering specifically for Aboriginal Elders.

Mirli Maya IBN Elders Retirement Village is the first of its kind in the Pilbara and includes six two-bedroom one-bathroom units to be used by IBN Elders and one two-bedroom two-bathroom unit to be occupied by caretakers.

Banjima Traditional Owner Gladys Tucker joined new IBN Chief Executive Officer Tony McRae for the official opening celebration earlier this month.

For more information click here to visit the IBN website.

Australian Bureau of Statistics is coming to Geraldton

Posted: February 25th, 2015

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Over the next few weeks, interviewers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will be collecting information from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the City of Greater Geraldton area.

The interviewees are an important part of the 11,500 sample of people randomly selected to participate in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) across Australia.

The aim of NATSISS is to measure the progress of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people since the survey was last conducted in 2008. The survey covers a broad range of topics, such as experiences of homelessness, access to services, and health; and is used to inform policy and funding decisions around programs and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia.

For more information visit the ABS.

YMAC News issue 26 is available now

Posted: February 13th, 2015

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YMAC News issue 26 front coverThe latest issue of YMAC News is now available. Our cover story is about the delegation of over 70 Traditional Owners from all over the state who converged on Parliament to send a message about protecting Aboriginal heritage. Over 1600 signatures were collected and presented on the day. We have been disappointed with the Government’s response so far, with the Aboriginal Heritage Amendment Bill introduced to Parliament just one week later without any of the changes that would make heritage protection stronger.

This issue includes some good news stories, about an agreement between the Wajarri Yamatji people and Sinosteel Midwest that was several years in the making, and some Carnarvon students who are benefiting from an earlier native title agreement.

We are also taking some time to look back on our achievements as YMAC celebrates 20 years as a land council. We have included an excerpt from the commemorative book about the brave men and women of the Pilbara strike in the 1940s and how their legacy resonates today.

Click here to read these stories and more.

You can send your feedback to editor@ymac.org.au. Thank you for reading this issue of YMAC News!