In Part 1 of the interview Ricky describes the areas, languages and customs of his people and how they suffered, during, for example, the Northern NSW massacres.
In Part 2 , Ricky reveals the importance of a totem to Aboriginal people, the affects of displacement and the removal of children from their families.
In Part 3, Ricky reveals his own experiences as a member of the Stolen Generation, the challenges and consequences of separation and disbursement and his hopes for the future.
Aunty Melba Townsend
In Part 1 of the interview, Auntie Melba describes her country and people and her role in the community, particularly in relation to the incidence of suicide and the subsequent affects on family and friends.
In Part 2 Auntie Melba offers some suggestions and reveals her “Black-birding” heritage and some history of the practice and the contributions "Pacifika" people have made to Queensland, as recognized with bi-partisan support in 2000.
In Part 3 youth issues are discussed and the intensive support services that are often required to help people get "back on the track“ in a culturally appropriate way, and a call-out for more training for Indigenous support workers to help in these areas.
Below are links to the interviews: