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What is Reconciliation?

Staff from Ampe-kenhe Ahelhe (Children's Ground Central Australia) discuss reconciliation and National Reconciliation Week. At Children’s Ground, we know that reconciliation will continue to be just another word unless we all take practical steps to put it into action. Lasting change requires lasting action, beyond special days and weeks of awareness.

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Children's Ground: Walk With Us

Children's Ground leaders, Founding Chair and CEO introduce our bold vision for change – a future in which every First Nations child can experience a lifetime of opportunity, entering adulthood strong in their identity and culture, connected to their local and global world, and economically independent.

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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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