I am keen to share a few of the things which I found inspirational in the past week.
As a country, and as Red Cross, we celebrated NAIDOC Week. It was a great to see how each of us contributed in our own ways to celebrate and honour the week. Some of you have shared about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women within our communities and families who have led and inspired you. Thank you for sharing your stories.
Congratulations to June Oscar, social justice commissioner, who won the NAIDOC Person of the Year. This is what June said at the NAIDOC 2018 award ceremony.
"Instead of names, I want to accept this award for the personal acknowledgement of where I have come from. My story gives an insight into our collective history as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. And of particular importance tonight, it gives recognition to the strength and tenacity of our women."
I would also encourage you to watch this video of a beautiful dance celebrating the music and culture of Torres Strait Islanders at the 2018 National NAIDOC Awards.
Our own Red Cross NAIDOC Award winners were also celebrated in the local news and by teams from the local offices. Max Jetta, for example, achieved the Red Cross NAIDOC Youth of the Year for his work with the Aboriginal community in southwest WA. Congratulations Max!
I’d also like to share Cam Power's reflection on NAIDOC Week, in his own words.
“I saw a t-shirt which read 60,000 years. It was 40,000 a few years ago and I'm sure next year I'll see a t-shirt which will read 80,000. Just as soon as we find more evidence of the world's oldest culture going back even further. I also thought, so what, or more correctly, what next? When can we extend the conversation to be about embracing our national treasure, rather than fighting it?”
Global Compact for Migration
Last week, United Nations member states met in New York to develop a Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration. Vicki Mau represented Red Cross as part of the Global Compact consultations and negotiations.
“It was quite extraordinary to be in the room – an amazing vibe and standing ovation - and speakers including the President of the UN General Assembly, emphasised how difficult it was to achieve consensus,” said Vicki.
Francesco Rocca is an Italian lawyer and the President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. He was in New York last week, calling on governments to remove the barriers that prevent vulnerable migrants from accessing basic services and humanitarian aid. Photo taken in Italy in June 2018 – Croce Rossa Italiana/Emiliano Albensi
The Global Compact for Migration presents a significant opportunity to improve the governance on migration, to address the challenges associated with today’s migration, and to strengthen the contribution of migrants and migration to sustainable development. We also made our own video here. Congratulations to Vicki and the team, the document is stronger in legal protections and impartial assistance as a result.
The letter above was written by Jim Allen to the editor of CoastCity Weekly, Adelaide thanking Red Cross and partners for the Heatwave and Climate Champion events. Jim shared that through the events, he’s learned of ways to assist local communities in times of heatwave. Kudos to the team for such an excellent job!
On track to a bright future
Fifty-four young people recently achieved a full trade certificate from the recent Transition to Success (T2S) programs, with 15 partial completions, and an extraordinary 95% attendance rate.
T2S is a youth-led initiative in Hervey Bay, Qld, for young people on court orders that had entered into the youth justice system. It enables young people to re-engage with school, and prepare for a traineeship in order to secure employment. We’ve supported the participants throughout their training.
The success rate has been extraordinary. Approximately 54% of the cohort re-engage with mainstream education or enrol in further education and 26% gain employment. Others are offered to rollover into the next T2S course until they are ready to transition on.
We’re collaborating with local organisations like the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre as well as the Queensland government to ensure the service meets the needs of the young people.