Submissions Library

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Submission – Kara Graham

Kara Graham is a a proud Gunaikurnai and Wotjobaluk woman. In this video submission, Kara discusses culture and language.

Date: 27 June 2024

Submission – Dean Lusher

Dean Lusher is a Wamba Wemba man.

In this submission, Dean expresses profound sadness for his great-grandfather, Frederick (Fred) Moore (1865-1952) who he says must have felt it would be better to deny he was Aboriginal in order to protect his family and himself’. The submission details Dean’s sense of loss for the culture and connections he missed out on, and how lucky he felt when he learned of his Aboriginal heritage when he turned 50.

Size: 135.07 KB
Date: 18 June 2024

Submission – Dale Wandin

Dale Wandin is a Wurundjeri man.

This submission is a transcript of Dale speaking to the Yoorrook Justice Commission about his own experiences and observations, and includes topics such as cultural identity, education, data sovereignty and the native title system.

Submission – Aunty Carolyn Briggs

Aunty Carolyn Briggs is a Boonwurrung elder from Victoria. She is an expert in language and linguistics, and is recognised as a keeper of the history and genealogies of her people.

This submission is a transcript of Aunty Carolyn Briggs discussing her work in education, activism, government and commissions, language, fighting for justice, power and pride.

Size: 201.60 KB
Date: 31 January 2024

Submission – Bunjilwarra Male Youth Group

Bunjilwarra Koori Youth Alcohol & Drug Healing Service is a residential rehabilitation and healing service for Aboriginal young people aged between 16 and 25 years.

The topics covered in this submission include:

  • Lack of housing
  • Racism
  • Education and truth telling
  • Stereotypes and misconceptions
  • Connection to culture, language and family
  • Fatherhood
  • The cycle of incarceration
  • Importance of Bunjilwarra
  • Sport
  • Land injustice
  • Final thoughts – recommendations for change

Submission – Anonymous 92

This submission is about the impact of growing up as a ward of the state, including experiences at Pirra Children’s Home, Winlaton Youth Centre.

It also discusses reparations for members of the Stolen Generations, depictions of Aboriginal people, racism and identity, discrimination in healthcare and services, and culture and healing.

Please be aware that this submission contains sensitive material.