Right across Victoria, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities are marching forward in solidarity to reclaim their independence and self-determination. In many cases they are doing this despite adverse social conditions and trans-generational and lived trauma.
Connection Matters Radio commits to reporting on as many of these positive stories as possible. In this, CMR is helping to break down the walls of ignorance and show new light on the reality of our people across the State of Victoria.
Helping First Nations people build strength through financial independence and wellbeing
For those behind the scenes at First Nations Foundation, the constant drive is to see wellbeing for First Nations through financial independence
The launch of an app that launches First Nations people on a journey of achievements
Developed by First Nations people and for First Nations people - a new app (Visual Dreaming) that helps build strength through achievements
Mother of four, full time working from home – for Elliejean it’s just another day in lockdown
With four school-age children at home during Melbourne's Stage 4 coronavirus lockdowns, Elliejean Singh still manages full-time work...and a smile
Koorie Heritage Trust puts activities online and opens up art show entries for Koori youth
Koorie Heritage Trust CEO Tom Mosby returns to CMR to discuss new activities and opportunities for artistic Koori young people.
Aboriginal woman taking the lead in supporting fellow widow and widowers around the world
Taking support for widows and widowers online. Academic and broadcaster Davina Woods leads international peer support group.
Taungurung woman Flt Lt Aimee McCartney works for cultural change within the Air Force
The Australian Defence Force has a come a long way over the years, thanks in no small part to Indigenous Liaison Officers such as Flt Lt McCartney
Indigenous Literacy Day moves online and stays on target
The Indigenous Literacy Day events for 2020 move online. It's a case of COVID-19 driving event accessibility to even more Australians
Women Standing Strong Together in Hume City
Hume City Council transitions an important series of events for women to online delivery - and it's paying dividends.
Banyule Invests $10.5 Million in COVID-19 Recovery Funding
Banyule City Council invests $10.5 million in COVID-19 Recovery Fund to support ratepayers, community groups, businesses and disadvantaged
Wiradjuri Nurse Shannon Gleeson on the COVID-19 Testing Frontline
Wiradjuri woman Shannon Gleeson is 20-year veteran nurse who has found herself on the frontline of the battle of COVID-19
Mullum Mullum Still Connecting Through COVID-19
In Melbourne's North Eastern Region, the Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place is taking coronavirus lockdowns in its stride.
Pirritu – The Outstanding Ngiyampaa Singer/Songwriter
Pirritu (Brett Lee) demonstrates a style of music that borrows from some of the best, then evolves it into something that's as beautiful as it is honest.