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Charles Pakana

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An Aboriginal man of Tasmanian descent, Charles is the founder and editor of Victorian Aboriginal News. He started his career as a journalist in the early 80s, working in the burgeoning information technology industry. Starting as a freelancer, he moved on to become technical editor for Microsoft's user magazine, Communique, before working as the group editor at Computer Magazine Group.
Two Years Into Its First Term The Assembly is Kicking Goals and Pushing Ahead

Two Years Into Its First Term The Assembly is Kicking Goals and Pushing Ahead

Despite months of community lockdowns and other challenges, the First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria continues to deliver on its obligation to set the stage for treaties in Victoria.
Pursuing the Truth for all of Victoria. Yoo-rrook Commissioner Sue-Anne Hunter

Pursuing the Truth for all of Victoria. Yoo-rrook Commissioner Sue-Anne Hunter

Yoo-rrook Commissioner, Wurundjeri and Ngurai Illum Wurrung woman Sue-Anne Hunter talks with Victorian Aboriginal News on the banks of Birrarung.
Getting Ready for a Very Warm Day in Bundoora Park, my Home in Melbourne

Getting Ready for a Very Warm Day in Bundoora Park, my Home in Melbourne

It's always a challenge to deal with the cold and heat when living full-time in a van. Today, it's a warm one so it's off to a shady spot for me.
Truth and Remembrance: The Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Service 2021

Truth and Remembrance: The Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Service 2021

It was my privilege and honour to assume the serious duties of Master of Ceremonies for the 2021 Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Service.
Mallee District Aboriginal Services Not Afraid to Lead the Victorian State Government on COVID

Mallee District Aboriginal Services Not Afraid to Lead the Victorian State Government on COVID

CEO of the Mallee District Aboriginal Services (MDAS), Palawa woman Jacki Turfrey, has never been afraid of doing this tough. When it comes to protecting her community in the North West of Victoria against COVID, even government guidelines were sometimes in the firing line.
Barkindji Warrior – Shantelle Thompson, OAM: Three Times World Champion, Abuse Survivor and Dedicated Mother of Five

Barkindji Warrior – Shantelle Thompson, OAM: Three Times World Champion, Abuse Survivor and Dedicated Mother of Five

Barkindji, Ngyampaa and European woman Shantelle Thompson is a survivor of sexual abuse and severe post-natal depression, a three times world champion and OAM recipient. She talks to Victorian Aboriginal News of her struggles, hopes and plans.
(NITV Radio) Uncle Andrew Gardiner Discusses the Formation and Role of the Elders’ Voice for Treaty

(NITV Radio) Uncle Andrew Gardiner Discusses the Formation and Role of the Elders’ Voice for Treaty

Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Elder Uncle Andrew Gardiner talks with Charles Pakana on NITV Radio about the role and formation of the Assembly's Elders' Voice.
Treaties in Victoria – Moving on to the Next Stages and Level

Treaties in Victoria – Moving on to the Next Stages and Level

Assembly Co-Chair Taungurung man Marcus Stewart once again joins Victorian Aboriginal News to provide detailed information on the progress towards Treaty/ies in Victoria.
On Solid Ground: The Five Year Strategic Direction and Foundation for VACCHO

On Solid Ground: The Five Year Strategic Direction and Foundation for VACCHO

With two years of working with partner health organisations to combat COVID-19, VACCHO CEO Jill Gallagher takes time out to yarn about the five year strategic direction and plan for the peak health organisation.
Victorian Aboriginal Businesses Recognised at Inaugural Kinaway Awards

Victorian Aboriginal Businesses Recognised at Inaugural Kinaway Awards

Forget COVID-19 lockdowns and business closures. Aboriginal businesses across Victoria are recognised for excellence in multiple categories by Kinaway Chamber of Commerce.
Karen Milward: The Crucial Roles of Aboriginal Gathering Places in the Community

Karen Milward: The Crucial Roles of Aboriginal Gathering Places in the Community

Chair of the Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place, Yorta Yorta woman Karen Milward provides a valuable insight into Mullum Mullum and the crucial roles played in the community by Aboriginal gathering places.
A Yorta Yorta Man’s Insights Into Being Elected to Victorian Local Government

A Yorta Yorta Man’s Insights Into Being Elected to Victorian Local Government

Greg James is one of only two Aboriginal people currently elected to Victorian local government. He talks on CMR about challenges, benefits and the need for more Aboriginal councillors.
First Nations Women Urged and Supported to Enter Federal, State and Local Government

First Nations Women Urged and Supported to Enter Federal, State and Local Government

FNELA Project Lead, Ngiyampaa, Wiradjuri and Ngemba woman Ashlee Wone joins CMR's Charles Pakana to discuss the need for First Nations women in government
Assembly Urges Yoo-rrook Justice Commission to Look Beyond the Letters Patent

Assembly Urges Yoo-rrook Justice Commission to Look Beyond the Letters Patent

Aunty Geraldine Atkinson provides a personal and professional perspective on some of the key recommendations contained in the FPAV's Tyerri Yoo-rrook Report
Really Good Radio. Troy Benjamin Takes it to the Masses in a Strictly PG Format

Really Good Radio. Troy Benjamin Takes it to the Masses in a Strictly PG Format

Presenting radio (and video) in manner that's interactive and definitely family friendly, Troy Benjamin took the bull by the horns and started his own brand - Really Good Radio.

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