May 2011

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GenerationOne Blog - May 2011


GenerationOne is launching its nationwide Hands Across Australia School Competition 2011 today to coincide with National Reconciliation Week and to highlight their goal of bringing Australians together in one generation. The GenerationOne theme song Hands Across Australia, recorded by Aussie legends Christine Anu, Ernie Dingo, Jack Thompson, Paul Kelly, Melinda Schneider along with the Australian Girls Choir, will be sung in schools across Australia to break down barriers and create opportunities for Indigenous Australians. Partnering with the Australian School of Performing Arts, the competition aims to encourage teachers and students to actively engage with the issues of Indigenous education, employment and training and end the disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian... More...

31 May @ 10:00 Add your comment

Lack of job-readiness and training a barrier to Indigenous employment

Around two thirds of Indigenous Australians have named inadequate training and qualifications as a barrier to employment and a career and nearly half nominate not having a good understanding of the formal and informal rules of the workplace, according to research released today by GenerationOne. The research, conducted by Auspoll, asked Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to identify barriers to employment and careers. It showed Indigenous Australians are much more likely to have experienced barriers to maintaining employment and developing a career than the general community. Most Indigenous respondents (63%) identified not having the right training and qualifications for the job. Nearly half (47%) identified not having a good understanding of the rules of the workplace.  ... More...

26 May @ 04:53 Add your comment


Today, 26th May 2011 marks National Sorry Day 2011. GenerationOne would like to pay respect to all those who have been affected by the Stolen generation.  For so many people the apologies come too late however it’s the first step towards the healing for all families and communities that have been affected. This year the National Sorry Day Committee is holding events around the country for National Sorry Day and we strongly encourage All Australians to participate and show support towards the recovery of many Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people and Communities. Find out more information about National Sorry Day Committee website  ... More...

26 May @ 12:21 Add your comment

Emma Morris, GenOne supporter and volunteer shares her passion for the North West

I didn’t think Mother’s Day would be the inspiration behind my weekend in Broome at the NW Expo with GenerationOne. The Pigram family plus Paul Kelly, Jimmy Barnes and Alex Lloyd put on a family Mothers Day show. Families pilled in to the outdoor event to celebrate Mothers day over the long weekend to some of their favourite tunes. The one that got me welling up (and I know it’s a commonly used song associated with Indigenous issues) was, “From Little things, big things grow.” Nearly every band member involved on the night got up on stage to join in and sing the well-loved song. The sentiment of the words was not lost on me – or the crowd as we all loudly sang along.             What struck a chord ... More...

18 May @ 10:54 Add your comment

A partnership philosophy promotes employer directed training at Fairbridge Village Pinjarra, Western Australia

Fairbridge Western Australia Inc is a major youth charity that owns and operates a whole heritage-listed town site called Fairbridge Village near Pinjarra. The village provides a base for the organisation to offer traineeships, apprenticeships and specialised training programs for young people at risk, young people with a disability, Indigenous young people, refugees and many more. Based just one hours drive outside Perth Fairbridge Village is steeped with history. Established by Kingsley Fairbridge in 1912, the village has evolved into a dynamic enterprise committed to creating sustainable change in the lives of young people, their families and communities. Working on a partnership philosophy and being a functioning village, Fairbridge creates space and opportunity for young people to gr... More...

17 May @ 03:41 Add your comment

Forum Discussion on Skills and Training for a Career, North West Expo, Broome, WA

GenerationOne recently hosted a public forum as part of their partnership with the north West Expo in Broome, Western Australia. As part of the forum, GenerationOne engaged with local businesses, employers, employees, training organisations, industry groups, contractors, and those who are working to play their part to create sustainable employment outcomes for Indigenous Australians.             Sandy Dann, local media spokesperson hosted the event along with panelists Tania Major GenerationOne spokesperson, Madonna Beattie Nyaarla Training Organistaion, Andy Grieg, Brolga Developments and Christine Ross from Burswood Entertainment Complex.             There was overwhelming int... More...

17 May @ 03:19 Add your comment

Message Stick Film Festival

MEDIA RELEASE MESSAGE STICKS NATIONAL TOUR Film Festival: 13th May ␣ 24th August 2011 The Message Sticks Film Festival will tour nationally from 13th May ␣ 24th August 2011 and will visit various locations from Blacktown, New South Wales to Yirrkala in the Northern Territory. The Tour promises to showcase Indigenous excellence in the filmmaking arena and all screenings are Free. Message Sticks is Australia's only annual Indigenous film festival, with all films exclusively created by Indigenous people. This year GenerationOne has come on board as principle sponsor, enabling the festival to build its film program for secondary students. The specially curated schools program is an investment in developing new audiences for Indigenous film, but also gives young Australians a broader und... More...

05 May @ 12:49 Add your comment

Straight Talk 2011

Straight Talk 2011   Straight Talk is a national program which brings Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women together from around the country. The program commences with a four-day summit in Canberra which provides participants with the opportunity to build relationships with each other, to engage with parliamentarians, and to explore ways of working together to achieve greater justice and equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Oxfam Australia is currently inviting applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women for Straight Talk 2011.   Applications close Friday 3rd June 2011   Straight Talk, hosted by Oxfam Australia, is a gathering in Canberra of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from ... More...

02 May @ 03:22 Add your comment