Videos


COVID-19 Message to Young People of the NT

Edmond from our Men's and Youth team has an important message for the young people of the Northern Territory regarding COVID-19. It is up to everyone, including all you young mob, to keep this virus away from our families and Elders: “You’re not invincible. No one is. You can get it. I can get it. We all can. We just need to look after our Elders and make sure they’re okay. Could you do that? Thank you.”

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Message from Director MK Turner OAM

“We’ve been following government nearly all our lives – this is a new beginning. We are following a new path, our own path as First Nations people for the future of our children. At Children’s Ground, the community are taking the lead. We are very proud of that. We are the government of ourselves.” - MK Turner OAM, Ampe-kenhe Ahelhe Director

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Martin Luther King III visits Children's Ground

Children's Ground was honoured to have the company of Mr Martin Luther King III, his wife Arndrea and daughter Yolanda walking alongside us during National Reconciliation Week 2018. The Kings came to Alice Springs where they were welcomed by Traditional Owner Felicity Hayes through Arrernte dance and song (Anthepe). They spent time on country with Arrernte families and Children’s Ground in support of the inalienable rights to dignity and respect of First Peoples, here and around the world.

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Children's Ground on ABC

The Anwerne Ingkerrekele Mpwareke ‘By Us, For Us’ First Language book project, led by Arrernte educators in Central Australia was featured on ABC News in May 2019. “You’ve got to have your identity to learn. That’s why our book project is really important. We want to help our young people to speak, read and write their language, to hold up our community, and grow up with their identity strong.” MK Turner, OAM, Ampe-kenhe Ahelhe Director

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Pat Cash visits Children's Ground

Australian Tennis champion and Children's Ground ambassador Pat Cash visited one of our communities in Central Australia. He is using his profile and passion for social justice to speak up about the human rights abuses faced by families at Irrkerlantye (Whitegate Town Camp) - home to the Traditional Owners of Mparntwe (Alice Springs).

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Children's Ground - Central Australia 2019

In Central Australia, we work alongside four communities delivering our Learning and Health platforms - integrating community development, economic development and creative and culture across everything we do. Learning activities are delivered both on country, at our Central Hub and the communities where families live - privileging First Language and culture while incorporating Western literacy and numeracy. Here is a snap shot of Ampe-kenhe Ahelhe in 2019.

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A Day in Marlkawo

In 2018, Children's Ground supported Bininj families to return to their homelands in Marlkawo - an extremely remote community, 12 hours drive from Darwin. Here, learning is delivered six days per on country, in the community where children live. Morning sessions focus on Western learning, such as literacy and numeracy. Afternoons are comprised of cultural learning and First Language. In every form of learning, Aboriginal and Western-trained educators work together. Here is a snapshot of a day in Marlkawo.

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Media Articles


Between two worlds: 'I want my future to be on country'

The Guardian, Feb 22 2020: In My Blood it Runs tracks the life of one boy but is also the story of a generation of Indigenous children and their right to be educated in their language on country.

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Our next generation will be formidable. Their identity will not be denied.

IndigenousX, Feb 22 2020: Children’s Ground Chairperson and key advisor for In My Blood it Runs William Tilmouth believes that Aboriginal communities should have every opportunity to be empowered and in control.

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The white system gets in the way of our law

The Guardian, 20 Nov 2019: Angangkeres (Arrernte traditional healers) Theresa Alice and Amelia Turner from our partner organisation Akeyulerre Healing Centre call for a meeting with the NT commissioner of police following the shooting of Kumanjayi Walker.

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Indigenous children don’t need to be fixed

The Guardian, 7 Aug 2018: William Tilmouth speaks at Garma Festival in 2018 on the rights of all children to a life of opportunity. "At Children's Ground we see what happens when family and children are in control of their own destiny."

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The native title campaigner whose people still have no power, water or sewerage

The Guardian, 26 Sep 2017: Children's Ground Elder and activist M Hayes Ampetyane fought tirelessly for native title but passed away before she was granted the right to live on her country at Irrkerlantye.

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Blog


COVID-19 Community Resources

With the threat of a potential COVID-19 outbreak in Central Australia and the wider Northern Territory looming, Children’s Ground has been working with local First Nations communities to prepare for this crisis. The creation of information packs and health resources is just one aspect of this support, ensuring families are equipped with the information and communications tools to keep themselves safe. See here for a series of A3 posters we have created with Arrernte families. Please download, print and display in your homes or distribute to local families you are connected with.

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Utyerre Apanpe: First Nations Educators' Network

Utyerre Apanpe (First Nations Educators’ Network) is a new national network of First Cultural educators leading reform in education Led by Cultural Professors and senior educators from First Nations communities across the country, they are implementing a national strategy to improve the educational outcomes of First Nations children. 

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Justice for All

There is a brutality and a violence in the current system of justice for Aboriginal people that is so common in the Northern Territory that it is not ‘seen’. What is accepted behaviour would not be tolerated in suburbs in Melbourne and Sydney. This is the systemic culture underlying Northern Territory justice system that requires deep reform. The tragic death of Mr. Walker puts a harsh spotlight on the policing system in the Northern Territory.

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Human Rights Advocacy: Irrkerlantye

Children’s Ground has been supporting Felicity and her family, the Traditional Owners of Alice Springs to negotiate their rights with the NT Government over the past three years. Despite being Traditional Owners, recognised in both Arrernte and Western law, her family continues to live in tin sheds and have no water security.

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Djab Wurrung: Old Spirits, Laws and Wellbeing

The fight to protect the Djab Wurrung trees is a prime example of why we need a truth and justice process in Australia – to cease the damage that is caused by the need of First Nations people in Australia to engage in a daily fight for recognition and rights. To mature as a nation and understand and celebrate the culture, knowledge and history across our incredible country.

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2019 National Child Protection Week

The current state of First Nations children in welfare is a national crisis. First Nations children are nearly 10 times more likely to be on a care and protection order than Non-Aboriginal children. Children’s Ground is dedicated to reforming the system to prevent children entering care and  to stop the appalling over representation of First Nation’s children in welfare and incarceration. We want all children and their families to enjoy safety, dignity, cultural security and great life opportunities 

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Ampe-kenhe Ahelhe's First Cultural Camp

This term, Ampe-kenhe Ahelhe (Children’s Ground – Central Australia) held our first cultural camp in Central Australia on the country and birthplace of one of our directors, leaders and professors, MK Turner OAM. Arrernte children, young people, parents and Elders spent three days and nights on their country, visiting important cultural sites, picking bush medicine, hunting for bush foods and exchanging stories – all within an intergenerational learning environment.

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Anwerne Ingkerrekele Mpwareke: ‘By Us, For Us’

As First Nations people we have a lot of cultural wealth and knowledge, handed down to us over many thousands of years by our ancestors. This knowledge gives us our identity. We want our kids to grow up with books that reflect this culture – books that can help them learn to respect, speak, read and write their First Language – something that was denied to many of us and our elders in the past.

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