• AWAKEN: Talking Country (NITV)Source: NITV
Offering in-depth analysis and discussion of Indigenous issues, NITV’s flagship current affairs programme AWAKEN, will return to the channel on Wednesday 21 October.
12 Oct 2015 - 1:06 PM  UPDATED 12 Oct 2015 - 1:06 PM

Presenting a range of informed Indigenous perspectives, AWAKEN brings together influential Indigenous voices and smart incisive thinkers to debate matters of importance to Indigenous Australians.

Award-winning journalist Stan Grant, alongside Guest Presenter and Executive Producer, Catherine Liddle, will put Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues under the microscope, featuring discussion on the the proposed closures of Aboriginal communities, the current policies on child removal and the Indigenous education gap.  

Episode One: Talking Country
21 October, 9pm

Opening the series, Catherine Liddle talks to ground breakers from around the nation about the innate link between Indigenous people and their country and the remarkable lengths that they will take to protect it. Guests include, Nelson Biendurry, the man who started the massive SOS Blak Campaigns to stop the forced closures of Aboriginal communities in Western Australia, Barbara Shaw, a former Greens Senate candidate and the face of the Roll Back the Intervention Campaign and Tauto Sansbury, winner of the 2015 NAIDOC Lifetime Achievement Award.

Episode Two: Raising Our Children
28 October, 9pm

It’s been nearly 50 years since the revocation of policies that spurned the Stolen Generation, but today Indigenous children are being removed at a rate higher than during the time of the forced removal and assimilation policies. Stan Grant talks to experts in child welfare about why children are still being removed and what can be done to build stronger families. 

Viewers can keep up to date with all the scores via the NITV website, and join in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using #NITVAwaken.

For further media information and interview requests:

Selina Govan, Senior Communications Specialist, NITV
0406 438 675
selina.govan@sbs.com.au