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Ottawa balked at high cost of releasing residential school records -Globe and Mail

Dec. 19 2012 It was meant to be a permanent and public record of a sad chapter in Canadian history. But it has evolved into a court battle between the government and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission over who is responsible for collecting millions of documents about the country’s aboriginal residential schools. The government had […]

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Shell scraps drilling plan in contested B.C. area – National Post

Dec 19 2012 VICTORIA — The remote alpine birthplace of three majestic, salmon-rich rivers has been saved from potentially harmful oil-and-gas development in a remote area of northwestern British Columbia. The B.C. government announced a deal Tuesday with Shell Canada Ltd., and the Tahltan Central Council that will see Shell withdraw its plans to explore […]

by aanationtalk on December 19, 2012435 Views

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Off-reserve aboriginal pilot project includes Kamloops – kamloopsnews.ca

‘It’s the first time in history there’s been a plan to address urban aboriginals’ DECEMBER 18, 2012 Kamloops is among five B.C. cities that will pilot the first phase of the Off-Reserve Aboriginal Action Plan (ORAAP), the province announced on Monday. The plan, announced a year ago in the speech from the throne, is aimed […]

by aanationtalk on December 19, 2012860 Views

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Pickton report highlights broken state of aboriginal culture – Ottawa Citizen

DECEMBER 18, 2012 There is a “tragedy of epic proportion” in this country all right, but it isn’t the one cited in the enormous, expensive and weirdly cloying report of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, better known as the Pickton inquiry. That 1,448-page monster report was delivered in Vancouver this week by commissioner Wally […]

by aanationtalk on December 19, 2012686 Views

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Canada gets human rights failing grade from Amnesty International – Toronto Star

December 19, 2012 For Canada’s international human rights standing, 2012 was an annus horribilis. This year three UN expert committees rated the country’s performance on meeting rights commitments — and returned a failing grade. “These mandatory reviews are carried out every four or five years, and it just happened that this year Canada was the […]

by aanationtalk on December 19, 2012785 Views

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Sask. First Nations support hunger striker – StarPhoenix

DECEMBER 19, 2012 Saskatchewan First Nations people and chiefs are converging on Ottawa this week to support an Ontario chief ‘s hunger strike. Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence has been on a water-only diet in Ottawa for eleven days to protest the federal government’s policies and treatment of First Nations people. Federation of Saskatchewan […]

by aanationtalk on December 19, 2012637 Views

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PM urged to help end first nation chief’s hunger strike – Globe and Mail

Dec. 18 2012 The federal opposition parties and the head of the Assembly of First Nations are urging Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take steps to end a prominent aboriginal leader’s hunger strike before it’s too late. The call came as an aboriginal elder in northern Manitoba embarked Tuesday on a separate hunger strike. In […]

by aanationtalk on December 19, 2012483 Views

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Why women are angry over the Missing Women’s report – The Vancouver Observer

Dec 18th, 2012 Yesterday’s release of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry report was an emotional event that did little to guarantee justice for victims. I haven’t yet been able to do an in-depth reading of the over 1400-page report produced by Commissioner Wally Oppal after over a year of hearings and deliberations, but I […]

by aanationtalk on December 19, 2012585 Views

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BC bans oil and gas exploration in northern aboriginal territory – Calgary Herald

DECEMBER 18, 2012 VICTORIA — The B.C. government has banned oil and gas exploration in an area of northern B.C. that was the scene of anti-development protests by First Nations members seven years ago. The province has announced a deal with Shell Canada and the Tahltan Central Council under which Shell is withdrawing plans to […]

by aanationtalk on December 19, 2012549 Views

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Manitoba native leader wants apology for ex-Tory youth president’s racial remark – Regina Leader-Post

DECEMBER 18, 2012 WINNIPEG – A top Manitoba aboriginal leader has cancelled a meeting with the provincial Progressive Conservatives over a racist comment made by the former president of the party’s youth wing. Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is also demanding a full public apology to First Nations. Braydon Mazurkiewich […]

by aanationtalk on December 19, 2012569 Views

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Lawyers charged Enbridge failed to adequately assess pipeline’s impact on First Nations at Prince Rupert JRP – The Vancouver Observer

Dec 18th, 2012 Enbridge is failing in its mandate to assess the impact of the Northern Gateway Pipeline on First Nations in British Columbia, lawyers say. Gaps in the environmental assessment emerged during last week’s Joint Review Panel hearings in Prince Rupert, when lawyers representing a variety of groups who stand to be affected by the project […]

by aanationtalk on December 19, 2012353 Views

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$500K lifeline saves Bravehearts – ABC Message Stick

December 19, 2012 Child protection advocates say they are relieved a successful education program will continue running in regional and remote Queensland. Bravehearts has received more than $500,000 in federal funding to continue visiting children in the state’s north to teach them about sexual assault, abuse and bullying. Founder Hetty Johnston says the program has […]

by aanationtalk on December 19, 2012456 Views

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Mourners march through Logan – Brisbane Times

December 19, 2012 The death of a teenager on train tracks south of Brisbane has sparked marches by indigenous people of the community who are claiming racial tensions are running high. Jackson Doolan, 17, was killed on Monday night when he got into a fight with three other people at a train station, jumped on […]

by aanationtalk on December 19, 2012361 Views

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Master class – meet the star students of 2012 – Herald Sun

December 19, 2012 THEY hail from wide and varied backgrounds but our youngest academic stars came together as one yesterday to celebrate a remarkable achievement. Included among the 25 Year 12 students to earn a Governor of South Australia commendation was Aboriginal student Lakkari Rigney – the first time an indigenous person has received top […]

by aanationtalk on December 19, 2012479 Views

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Aussie classrooms reviving Aboriginal languages – The News

December 19, 2012 SYDNEY: In a high-school classroom in western Sydney, teacher Noeleen Lumby is asking her pupils to recall the Aboriginal name for animals that indigenous Wiradjuri people have used for hundreds of years. As she holds up stuffed toys representing some of Australia’s native wildlife, including a kangaroo, an emu and a cockatoo, […]

by aanationtalk on December 19, 2012400 Views

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Culture seen as key to Indigenous education – Yahoo!7 News

December 19, 2012 Indigenous educators say introducing Aboriginal culture to school curriculums could improve attendance and learning. The Federal Government is promising to focus on Indigenous education, after its latest NAPLAN national report showed Indigenous students were not catching up to the mainstream. The CEO of the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy, Danielle Toon, says […]

by aanationtalk on December 19, 2012401 Views

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Local aboriginal groups block highways, plan a week of protests – Global Edmonton

December 17, 2012 EDMONTON – Local First Nations say a series of weekend highway blockades mark only the beginning of a protest movement intended to give indigenous people a voice in national affairs. The Idle No More movement kicked off with rallies across the county and in downtown Edmonton Dec. 10. The Samson Cree temporarily […]

by aanationtalk on December 18, 2012570 Views

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New potash mine to partner with First Nation – Regina Leader-Post

DECEMBER 18, 2012 Federal regulators want to hear from the public about a plan to build a $2.4-billion potash mine on aboriginal land north of Regina. The joint proposal is being put forward by Encanto Resources Ltd. and the Muskowekwan First Nation under the name First Potash Ventures. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency says it […]

by aanationtalk on December 18, 2012675 Views

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Behind the Headlines: Why Chief Theresa Spence Is Hunger Striking – Huffington Post

12/17/2012 The headline that caught our attention: Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence begins hunger strike: “I am willing to die for my people.” As we write, Chief Theresa Spence begins her sixth day without food. In the middle of a chilly December she’s making her stand in a tepee on Ottawa’s Victoria Island to secure a […]

by aanationtalk on December 18, 2012597 Views

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Does First Nations lawsuit threaten Rubicon? – National Post

Dec 18, 2012 Rubicon Minerals Corp. appears to be facing significant opposition to its Phoenix gold project. Investors were blindsided on Monday by a report that the Wabauskang First Nation plans to file a lawsuit attempting to block construction of the mine in Red Lake, Ontario. The mine application for Phoenix has been approved by the Ontario […]

by aanationtalk on December 18, 2012686 Views

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Feds systematically gut environmental protection – StarPhoenix

DECEMBER 18, 2012 Did the support of 24 per cent of the electorate on election day give the federal government a mandate for its radical project to gut environmental protection? Apparently. In our apathy-inducing first-past-the-post political system a small minority can translate into a big majority, which can disregard public opinion and do whatever it […]

by aanationtalk on December 18, 2012518 Views

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Idle no more – Cape Breton Post

December 18, 2012 The budding aboriginal movement dubbed “Idle No More” might be akin to a bad dream for the federal government. But a non-violent wake-up call that demands increased transparency, collaboration and debate should be considered a bright spot in any democratic nation, especially when that campaign is founded and fuelled by people who […]

by aanationtalk on December 18, 2012693 Views

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Hunger strike prompts Atleo to demand Harper meeting – CBC.ca

Dec 17, 2012 The National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations is calling for a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Gov. Gen. David Johnston. Shawn Atleo has written an open letter asking for the meeting in light of a hunger strike by Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence. Spence stopped eating seven days ago […]

by aanationtalk on December 18, 2012464 Views

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First Rideau Hall portrait by Aboriginal artist revealed – Ottawa Citizen

DECEMBER 18, 2012 OTTAWA — The first portrait of a former governor general’s spouse painted by an Aboriginal artist was revealed Monday morning. It features Saul launching a red kayak into an unseen body of water. John Ralston Saul. husband of the 26th Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson, has commissioned a portrait of himself […]

by aanationtalk on December 18, 2012417 Views

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Tory leader urged to condemn ex-official’s racist comments – CBC.ca

Dec 18, 2012 Manitoba’s NDP government says Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister should publicly denounce derogatory comments his party’s former youth wing president made about aboriginal people. Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Eric Robinson has written a letter to Pallister, urging him to condemn the statements made by Braydon Mazurkiewich, who called aboriginal people “freeloading […]

by aanationtalk on December 18, 2012507 Views

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Urban aboriginal gathering place on the move – CBC.ca

Dec 14, 2012 Without an increase to its core funding over previous years, Odawa Native Friendship Centre’s facility on Stirling Avenue has become too expensive to maintain so the group is looking for a new home. After serving 16 years as a meeting place for Ottawa’s urban aboriginal population, hosting everything from powwows to exercise […]

by aanationtalk on December 18, 2012475 Views

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Boreal Bird Species of Conservation Concern Affected by Climate Change – Science Daily

Dec. 17, 2012 — A protected area network should ensure the maintenance of biodiversity, but climate is changing rapidly, thereby creating further demand for the protected area network to be efficient in preserving biota. Due to climate change species ranges are expected to move polewards, which poses challenges to the protected area network. Population changes of […]

by aanationtalk on December 18, 2012400 Views

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Eastern Door — Idle No More – Halifax Media Co-op

December 17, 2012 Anti-C-45 rally draws hundreds to the streets of Halifax K’JIPUKTUK (Halifax) — Buoyed on by the thunderous drums of the Eastern Eagles, hundreds of Mi’kma’ki’s original peoples and their allies marched through the streets of Halifax on Dec. 14, adding their voices to those across Canada that are now rallying under the […]

by aanationtalk on December 18, 2012586 Views

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WSU Partners With Nike N7 For Native American Appreciation Game – wsucougars.com

The women’s teams will face off against No. 20/19 Ohio State Saturday at Noon. Dec. 13, 2012 PULLMAN, Wash. – Saturday’s contest against Ohio State will be Washington State’s second annual Native American Appreciation game present by Village Centre Cinemas. As a land-grant university, part of WSU’s mission is to deliver quality education to all […]

by aanationtalk on December 18, 2012341 Views

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Students in limbo as Indigenous college closes – ABC Message Stick

December 18, 2012 The head of Swan Hill’s Aboriginal school says it is still unclear where students will be transferred to after the college’s closure this week. Payika College is one of four Koori Pathways Schools that the Victorian Government will shut this week, after consultants found the students were failing to be returned to […]

by aanationtalk on December 18, 2012521 Views

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Program helps Indigenous youth – Swinburne University

18 Dec 2012 A unique program that allows Indigenous youth to further their education at Swinburne TAFE has produced its first graduates. The generosity of two Swinburne University of Technology alumni has seen two talented young Indigenous men from the Northern Territory given the opportunity to complete and graduate with a Certificate III in Community Services […]

by aanationtalk on December 18, 2012338 Views

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State cites Prime Minister Julia Gillard for Gonski fog – Herald Sun

December 19, 2012 THE Queensland Government has called on Prime Minister Julia Gillard “to put up or shut up” on the Gonski review after her Government used NAPLAN figures to argue for its education plan yesterday. The final 2012 NAPLAN National Report, which was released yesterday, shows most of the nation has flat-lined on literacy […]

by aanationtalk on December 18, 2012361 Views

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High-tech classrooms reviving Aboriginal languages – DAWN.com

SYDNEY, Dec 18, 2012 – In a high-school classroom in western Sydney, teacher Noeleen Lumby is asking her pupils to recall the Aboriginal name for animals that indigenous Wiradjuri people have used for hundreds of years. As she holds up stuffed toys representing some of Australia’s native wildlife, including a kangaroo, an emu and a […]

by aanationtalk on December 18, 2012388 Views

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The Hill: Court to determine fate of Harper’s residential schools promise – Law Times

17 December 2012 Back in 2008 when Prime Minister Stephen Harper made peace on our behalf with victims of Indian residential schools, it was a historic moment. Aboriginal leaders believed Harper’s promises. Some even cried. It followed on the Indian residential schools settlement of 2006 and 2007 when the federal government promised it would set […]

by aanationtalk on December 17, 2012368 Views

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On eve of report’s release, head of B.C. probe into missing women calls for co-operation – Globe and Mail

Dec. 17 2012, Missing Women Commissioner Wally Oppal is urging all sides in the horrific Pickton murder case to set aside their differences and work together to combat ongoing problems of poverty and the status of aboriginal people in Canada. In an interview ahead of Monday’s long-awaited release of his report into authorities’ handling of […]

by aanationtalk on December 17, 2012417 Views

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Missing Women’s report will not provide closure or healing – Vancouver Sun

DECEMBER 17, 2012 The much-awaited 1,448page, five-volume report of the maligned Missing Women’s Inquiry is due for release today and it will probably satisfy no one. The 18-month-long exercise was a missed opportunity and, at worst, left some feeling the commission perpetuated the very institutionalized racism and sexism it was meant to address. Established on […]

by aanationtalk on December 17, 2012443 Views

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First Nations activist movement grows – Regina Leader-Post

DECEMBER 17, 2012 First Nations activists are gearing up for a week of rallies as part of a growing grassroots movement known as Idle No More, which has drawn together communities across the country thanks to a powerful presence online. The campaign was started by four women from Saskatchewan who are against a number of […]

by aanationtalk on December 17, 2012452 Views

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Who carries the true duty to consult? – Canadian Lawyer

Written by Michael McKiernanIssue Date: December 2012 When members of the northern Ontario Wahgoshig First Nation stumbled across an exploratory drilling team preparing to clear forest and bulldoze access routes on its traditional land in the spring of 2011, the work crew was unwilling to disclose whom they were working for. It had been almost […]

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Moratorium on coal bed gas drilling in ‘Sacred Headwaters’ ends – Vancouver Sun

Shell tenure was suspended four years in Skeena, Nass, Stikine rivers’ area after conflict, demonstrations by local groups By Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun December 17, 2012 Northwest B.C. communities, First Nations and environmental groups are bracing for a B.C. government decision on a four-year moratorium that ends Tuesday on coal-bed gas drilling in the Klappan […]

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Aboriginal Business Match Penticton – AM1150

12/17/2012 The Penticton Indian Band has announced that they will be co-hosting the upcoming Aboriginal Business Match (ABM) in Penticton in February. Chief Jonathan Kruger says the opportunity will expose the band to several different organizations. “I see a lot of business entrepreneurs, there’s going to be over 119 First Nations communities from the province […]

by aanationtalk on December 17, 2012565 Views

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Clean energy can equal job creation – at least here in BC – Vancouver Sun

Vancouver Sun December 17, 2012 The British Columbia government’s website states that B.C. is No. 1 in job creation in the country, having created over 50,000 new jobs since the Canada Starts Here: BC Jobs Plan was announced. What are missing from the website are details. Where are the jobs, who occupies them and who […]

by aanationtalk on December 17, 2012454 Views

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First Nation Flood Evacuees to Move into New Homes – ChrisD.ca

December 17, 2012 Flood evacuees from the Little Saskatchewan First Nation will begin moving into new homes on higher ground early in the new year. The province has struck an agreement between the federal government and the First Nation to provide 40 new homes for the community. Residents were displaced following last spring’s devastating flood. […]

by aanationtalk on December 17, 2012466 Views

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Stephen Harper should meet Attawapiskat chief on hunger strike – Toronto Star

December 16, 2012 It’s a short limo drive, maybe five minutes, from Parliament Hill to Victoria Island in the middle of the Ottawa River. Heck, you could walk it in 10. So would it kill Stephen Harper to get out of his office and go meet the chief of the Attawapiskat First Nation who is […]

by aanationtalk on December 17, 2012433 Views

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Detour defuses blockade – Winnipeg Free Press

First Nation protest slows traffic, but drivers shrug off delays By: Bill RedekopPosted: 12/16/2012 Drivers on the TransCanada Highway west of Portage la Prairie had an extra half hour tacked onto their travel times Saturday due to a First Nations blockade. The peaceful protest turned into a full-scale blockade when a protester stood in front […]

by aanationtalk on December 17, 2012444 Views

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Sask. aboriginal leaders to look at future of First Nations education – Regina Leader-Post

DECEMBER 16, 2012 The First Nation leaders believe First Nation education in the province needs to be re-examined and it will be done in the new year. FSIN Vice-chief Simon Bird has announced that FSIN is to host a forum titled the Future of First Nations Education scheduled for the third week in February at […]

by aanationtalk on December 17, 2012386 Views

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Stoney Nakoda First Nation protests Bill C-45 – CBC.ca

First Nation joins others across Canada in protest CBC News Posted: Dec 16, 2012 Members of the Stoney Nakoda First Nation in Morley exercised a peaceful protest Sunday afternoon. About 200 people blocked one lane of the Trans-Canada Highway in joining other First Nations to protest the federal government’s Bill C-45. The legislation includes changes to the […]

by aanationtalk on December 17, 2012508 Views

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First Nations, first rights – Winnipeg Free Press

Some of the reaction to the Kapyong Barracks decision is downright bizarre By: Bartley KivesPosted: 12/16/2012 About 274 years ago, the first white guy set foot in Winnipeg. Some of his buddies have been acting like they’ve owned the place ever since. On Sept. 24, 1738, a Quebec explorer named Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, better […]

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Aboriginal groups contest Bill C-45 – Fort McMurray Today

December 16, 2012 Aboriginal groups in Fort Chipewyan are refusing to recognize Bill C-45, an omnibus budget bill passed by the senate on Friday. It will also remove the protected status of thousands of rivers and streams in Canada. The band councils for the Mikisew Cree First Nation and the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation argue […]

by aanationtalk on December 17, 2012472 Views

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Canadian project to help save Aboriginal languages – ABC

December 14, 2012 EMILY BOURKE: Gathang is a collection of Aboriginal languages spoken across a large part of coastal New South Wales and the three Aboriginal communities that share the dialects have been worried about the disappearance of Gathang.  But in an Australian first, a pilot project between a Canadian organisation and a regional Aboriginal […]

by aanationtalk on December 17, 2012571 Views

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Facilities at Oombulgurri remain shut down – ABC Message Stick

December 17, 2012 More than a year after the State Government shut down an Aboriginal community in the far north, millions of dollars worth of infrastructure remains sitting there, unused. The last remaining residents of Oombulgurri were flown out after it was decided the community was too small and dysfunctional to continue. Since then, some […]

by aanationtalk on December 17, 2012532 Views

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