30 JUNE 2014 -- Living Black Season 20 Episode 13



In our season finale episode we have the following stories:

The Block Stand off
Video Journalist: Laura Murphy Oates

Activist Jenny Munro has been fighting for indigenous rights for over 30 years. She’s one of the founding members of the body presiding over all –The Aboriginal Housing Company – and former tenant. She represents the five grandmothers – all original tenants of the once Indigenous heartland of Sydney – and continues to battle for affordable housing in the area. Although the Aboriginal Housing Company planned to make a fresh start by creating the Pemulwuy project, CEO Mick Mundine admits it’s been a difficult redevelopment. The tent embassy protests for affordable housing for Australia’s first people in the block continues.

Interview with Mick Mundine
Host Karla Grant conducts a one-on-one interview with the Aboriginal Housing Company CEO, Mick Mundine, about criticism received over the proposed Aboriginal Housing Company’s sixty million dollar redevelopment plan at the Block, and concerns there won’t be any affordable housing for Aboriginal residents. Mick Mundine addresses the allegations; the difficulties surrounding the redevelopment fund; his thoughts about the Tent Embassy protests, and his vision for the next generation.

Wilcannia Exhibition
Producer/Journalist: Liz Deep-Jones

The Barkindji people of Wilcannia in North Western NSW had their lives documented through a series of images at a recent exhibition. These images of the people of Wilcannia were captured over a four year period by Sydney based photographer who stems from Canada – David Maurice Smith. As the traditional keepers fight to keep their culture alive, the multimedia exhibition “Living In The Shadows” succeeds by capturing the heart and soul of its people.

Indigenous Medical Students
Video Journalist: Bobby Romia

Timothy Haynes and Justin Cain are among a record number of Indigenous students taking up medical studies at the Graduate School of Medicine this year as part of a new recruitment drive to help address the shortage of Indigenous students in medical programs across Australia. Academic Leader of Indigenous Health at UOW’s Graduate School Of Medicine Scott Winch said the increase in Indigenous students are largely due to changes in the administration process, which evaluates Indigenous applicants not only on their academic merit, but also their capacity to be health practitioners in the Indigenous community. Upon graduation, Timothy Haynes and Justin Cain plan to give back to their community and inspire others.

Troy Brady
Journalist: Karla Grant

In an earlier episode, we caught up with the inspiring and talented singer/songwriter Troy Brady. Living with an auto immune disease known as Lupus and suffering from a stroke a few months ago, now Troy is back in the spotlight after writing his first play. The Birriggubba man is hoping to inspire the next generation through his music – launching his EP later this year.

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