The 7 deadly things: a Gillard guide to black pitfalls

The 7 deadly things: a Gillard guide to black pitfallsDespite her relative inexperience, Prime Minister Julia Gillard - a former Aboriginal affairs spokeswoman - is not a complete stranger to black politics.

But after almost three years of practical Rudd, who achieved practically nothing, Gillard will find she's facing a cynical black populace suspicious about Labor's real intentions.

The following are seven areas to which our new PM might like to turn her attention.

Sunshine Hospital recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Sunshine Hospital recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peopleSUNSHINE Hospital has joined in on the celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a traditional smoking ceremony held on the hospital grounds.

The smoking ceremony - a way of creating a lifelong bond between people or of spiritually cleansing people when entering an unknown country - was part of last week’s NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week celebrations.

Aboriginal youth meet in Winnipeg before AFN General Assembly

Aboriginal youth meet in Winnipeg before AFN General AssemblyMore than 200 teens from across Canada gathered at the University of Winnipeg for a youth summit on Sunday.

They talked about issues that impact their lives, including education, employment, crime and health.

Their ideas will be passed on to aboriginal leaders.

A picture and 1,000 words: Post-modern native art

A picture and 1,000 words: Post-modern native artLike the mermaid or siren on a ship this mask calls out. The eyes are deep, dark, haunting. The cherry red lips are protruding, perhaps almost whispering. The red nostrils flare out. The eyes pierce. Black lines adorn the cheeks.

Witch doctors blamed for death

Witch doctors blamed for deathTwo Korean witch doctors are thought to have caused a four year old boy’s death in the Far East village of Sergeyevka after performing an exorcism, raising questions about Russia’s centuries-long habit of preferring alternative medicine over standard healthcare.