Always was, always will be our stories

Always was, always will be our stories

By Marlee Silva
Inspiring conversations with Indigenous role models and trailblazers, hosted by Marlee Silva.
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SPECIAL EPISODE: 'A Koori Doctor on getting in to medicine and facing COVID19' Dr. Erika Chapman-Burgess
DISCLAIMER: Today's guest is medical professional but not an expert in infection control or an infectious diseases expert, so if anyone wants any further information regarding the COVID19 pandemic they should go to the local state govt webpage on COVID-19 advice or call their local COVID-19 hotline. . . .  From Gomeroi, Ngurrabul and Kooma, to Quintuplet and Medical Doctor - my guest on today’s special bonus episode of Always was, always will be our stories, Dr. Erika Chapman-Burgess, has some incredible and unique labels attached to her name. When my sister Keely and I started Tiddas 4 Tiddas in 2018, we had the hopes of putting incredible female role models in the view of the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women - and when we imagined what those role models were like, women like Erika were exactly what fit. In today’s chat you’ll hear her speak about her journey into medicine, advice for the next generation looking at the same career, what it’s like growing up in the only family with Aboriginal Quintuplets in the country and very importantly, some tips and things to think about regarding COVID19! Ambitious, hard working and incredibly proud of who she is and where she’s come from, although I’ll never work in medicine, I feel myself looking up to Erika in so many ways. To think only a couple of decades ago, the concept of a blackfulla doctor might’ve seemed out of reach is scary - but it also emphasises the importance of what mob like Erika are doing, and as we know, having our health managed in our hands, is a powerful key to a brighter and prosperous future. Stay safe out there you mob, look after each other and now, enjoy the show. . . . Thank you so much to Dr. Chapman Burgess for sitting down and sharing your wisdom today! You’re an inspiration to so many and we can’t wait to watch more follow in your footsteps! . . . This episode of Always was, Always will be our stories is proudly supported by 'Your Health, Your Future' a campaign developed by the NSW AH&MRC. Did you know that all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are entitled to receive a free comprehensive health check each year?  Regular visits to the doctor to access support and prevent or better manage chronic conditions are vital for us to maintain well and prosperous lives. Speak with your local Aboriginal Medical Service today to ask for a ‘Health Assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People (715)’ and build yourselves and your mob a brighter and healthier future. . . . Always Was, Always Will Be Our Stories is Written, Hosted, Produced and Edited by Marlee Silva, on the unceded lands of the Dharrawal people. We pay our deepest respects to those people and their Elders past and present, whose connection to this place has remained unbroken for over 60 thousand years. Follow us on Instagram @alwaysourstories . . . Theme Music: 'Run' by Tristan Barton Podcast Artwork: @wuruhi.auaha
42:08
July 8, 2020
EP6: 'Defying the enemy within' Joe Williams
TW: There are discussions of suicidal thoughts and mental health throughout this discussion that may be triggering for some. It is no secret that mental health and particularly depression and suicide disproportionately impacts our mob more than any other Australian group. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are nearly three times more likely to be psychologically distressed than non-Indigenous Australians and most devastatingly, suicide remains one of the leading causes of death for our young ones. The question on how to solve this is difficult to answer, but having upfront, difficult conversations around it and being able to listen to and learn from role models with lived experience, is one place to start. Today my guest is powerful Wiradjuri man, Joe Williams. He’s an author, the founder of The Enemy Within, a Dad and a survivor. He so generously and openly shares his story of a lifelong battle with himself and his own mind and has taken his own trauma and life lessons as an opportunity to grow, share and be able to help others who have faced similar feelings and hurdles. I’ve long admired Joe’s voice and strength and I’m so thrilled to share his story with you today. If you are experiencing dark thoughts or struggling with your mental health, please reach out, connect with your local AMS or call Lifeline on 13 11 14. . . . Thank you Joe for your unwavering strength and commitment to helping people through mental ill health with your story. If you want to learn more about Joe or the work he does, you can follow him on instagram or twitter, follow The Enemy Within on socials too OR grab a copy of his novel, ‘Defying the enemy within’. . . . Always Was, Always Will Be Our Stories is Written, Hosted, Produced and Edited by Marlee Silva, on the unceded lands of the Dharrawal people. We pay our deepest respects to those people and their Elders past and present, whose connection to this place has remained unbroken for over 60 thousand years. Follow us on Instagram @alwaysourstories . . . Theme Music: 'Run' by Tristan Barton Podcast Artwork: @wuruhi.auaha
47:05
July 5, 2020
EP5: 'Look in the mirror every day and know you're beautiful, black and deadly', Cissy Gore-Birch
Cissy Gore-Birch, is a mother of 5, the Executive Manager of Aboriginal Engagement for Bush Heritage Australia and such a positive, loving and passionate leader in her community who is forever fighting for the respect and protection of land, the importance of connection to culture and particularly, involving the voices of the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, in the conversations around solutions to issues that impact us today. This conversation provides some vital education around the role grassroots Aboriginal groups like rangers, play in land conservation and protection; listening to Aboriginal expertise as we head towards another potentially devastating fire season; what its really like for communities up in the Kimberley’s and what has resonated with me the most - even listening back to it again as I edited it for you this week - is the way listening to Cissy ended up feeling like something of a much needed pep talk. Later in the episode you’ll hear her talk about how we young blackfullas have to remember we’re beautiful and remind ourselves each day how deadly we are and the power we have to lead and make change. She reminds us that we need to support each other - not compete with or tear each other down - but rather, spread love and lift each other up to make it through and see positive change together. I am so grateful to have been able to connect with and learn from Cissy - it’s voices like hers that exemplify the power we hold in us as a people and I know she will inspire and leave a smile on the face of every single person who hears her. I will also mention this was recorded early on in isolation so when we talk about mining and the role it plays in communities, it was before the recent atrocity Rio Tinto conducted in destroying the 40,000 year old Juukan Caves of the Pilbara Region. . . . Thank you so much for listening to this episode of Always Was, Always Will Be Our Stories. A particularly big thanks to Cissy Gore-Birch for all the incredible work you do, your leadership and inspiration. Thank you also to Bush Heritage Australia for connecting me to Cissy and making our record possible. . . . This podcast is sponsored by RØDE Microphones, the Australian pro audio powerhouse making incredible gear for podcasters, vloggers, filmmakers, musicians and audio engineers. This podcast was actually recorded before I got my hands on the amazing RØDECaster Pro, the incredible all-in-one podcasting console from RØDE - but now I’ve got the goods, you all need to get ready for how deadly and pro I’m going to sound in the coming weeks! Thanks to RODE for supporting the raising of blackfulla voices, you can check their gear out here or @rodemic on Instagram! . . . Always Was, Always Will Be Our Stories is Written, Hosted, Produced and Edited by Marlee Silva, on the unceded lands of the Dharrawal people. We pay our deepest respects to those people and their Elders past and present, whose connection to this place has remained unbroken for over 60 thousand years. Follow us on Instagram @alwaysourstories . . . Theme Music: 'Run' by Tristan Barton Podcast Artwork: @wuruhi.auaha
54:11
June 29, 2020
SPECIAL EPISODE: 'The Bowraville Murders', Allan Clarke
In this very special episode of Always Was, Always Will be our stories, I sit down with Gomeroi and Muruwari filmmaker and journalist, Allan Clarke to discuss his new project, 'The Bowraville Murders.' This documentary investigates one of Australia’s worst unsolved murder cases that has been marred by systemic racism – the 1990-91 serial killings of three Aboriginal children, Evelyn, Colleen and Clinton. They were all taken from the same street in the rural town of Bowraville NSW, all killed within five months of each other and all of their remains found off the same dirt track. For 30 years, the victims' families have fought a courageous battle for justice that is now being passed to the next generation. In recent weeks, with the surge of the black lives matter movement and discussions of injustice faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our country today, many have come looking for ways to truly make a difference - as you will hear Allan say, truth telling about cases such as these is a vital first step. Which can also followed by financially supporting projects such as this. The documentary team require a further $20k to make this production a reality, that will be broadcast on SBS in 2021, so if you are moved and haunted by this story, as we are, we ask that you donate any amount you can to the Bowraville Murders documentary crowdfunding campaign here: https://documentaryaustralia.com.au/project/the-bowraville-murders/ Thank you to Allan and the whole team behind the Bowraville Murders Documentary, for your dedication to truth telling and justice. Our deepest condolences are with the families of these victims and we are hopeful that this will bring some peace and sense of justice. To watch the trailer and read more, head to @bowravilledoco on social media. . . . Always Was, Always Will Be Our Stories is Written, Hosted, Produced and Edited by Marlee Silva, on the unceded lands of the Dharrawal people. We pay our deepest respects to those people and their Elders past and present, whose connection to this place has remained unbroken for over 60 thousand years. . . . Theme Music: 'Run' by Tristan Barton Podcast Artwork: @wuruhi.auaha . . .
22:45
June 24, 2020
EP4: ‘Never forget we were the first scientists’ Deadly Science and Corey Tutt.
If I asked you to imagine a $50 Australian note in your hands, what would you see? Firstly, you'd probably describe its yellow colour, then perhaps, the face of a white-haired, smirking man. Do you know this man's name? Do you notice the sketches of his inventions in the background of his image? He is David Unaipon, a proud Ngarrindjeri  man from South Australia and one of our greatest ever inventors and scientists. He has often been referred to as our answer to Leonardo Da Vinci, and made significant contributions to science throughout his life, including even conceptualising the helicopter two decades before it became a reality. Science and scientists have existed in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture for thousands of generations. Our innovation is what helped us survive to become the oldest, continuous culture on Earth today. My guest on today’s podcast is dedicated to showing the next generation of our kids that a future in the STEM field is not only achievable, but in their blood. Deadly Science, is the incredible brain child of Kamilaroi man Corey Tutt. It’s something that began simply because he saw a lack of science resources particularly in our remote communities and knew he had the power to change that. I’m so grateful to be able to capture Corey’s passion and story today and I’m confident after you hear it, you’ll be hungry to help him on his mission. Make sure you stick around until the end of the ep too for a special announcement… . . . If you want to support Deadly Science make sure you check them out on Instagram or Facebook! . . . If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and share with your friends and family! Read more about the show and find out who next week's episode will feature by visiting our Instagram: @alwaysourstories . . . Always Was, Always Will Be Our Stories is Written, Hosted, Produced and Edited by Marlee Silva, on the unceded lands of the Dharrawal people. We pay our deepest respects to those people and their Elders past and present, whose connection to this place has remained unbroken for over 60 thousand years. . . . Theme Music: 'Run' by Tristan Barton Podcast Artwork: @wuruhi.auaha . . .
34:30
June 21, 2020
EP3: 'The surprising history of Aboriginal people and the Debutante Ball', Nakkiah Lui & Miranda Tapsell
When I say ‘debutante ball’ what comes to mind for you? A bunch of teenage girls, giggling, buzzing with nerves and excitement, dressed in flowing gowns, off to a flash venue, for the night of their lives, ready to debut into society - whatever that means. When you picture those girls and that event, do you picture them as being Aboriginal? And, if I told you that Aboriginal people have a history with the debutante ball that reaches back to the 1967 referendum, would you be surprised? Debutante: Race, Resistance and Girl Power is the brand new podcast from none other than the dynamic duo that is Nakkiah Lui and Miranda Tapsell. From the 16th of June, through this audible original podcast, you’ll be able to follow their journey from a teatime etiquette lesson in London, where the concept for the debutante ball began, along a trail to discover how First Nations women across the globe have made this tradition their own. Nakkiah and Miranda ask: can beauty, poise and politeness actually empower them? Or is it better to get angry and start shouting? I am absolutely thrilled to say, Nakkiah and Miranda are my guests on todays podcast. As huge admirer of both of their works, to say it was hard not to fangirl on this zoom call I had with them, is an understatement. In this chat, we talk about the new podcast, feminism, sisterhood, beauty in a black body and why they love working together.  . . . If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and share with your friends and family! Read more about the show and find out who next week's episode will feature by visiting our Instagram: @alwaysourstories . . . Always Was, Always Will Be Our Stories is Written, Hosted, Produced and Edited by Marlee Silva, on the unceded lands of the Dharrawal people. We pay our deepest respects to those people and their Elders past and present, whose connection to this place has remained unbroken for over 60 thousand years. . . . Theme Music: 'Run' by Tristan Barton Podcast Artwork: @wuruhi.auaha . . .
34:31
June 14, 2020
EP2: 'Autism is not the end of the world, it's the start of a different journey', Tanika Davis
Picture this, in the past 18 months you’ve had some of the biggest milestones of your life so far - you had your first child, a beautiful little boy, married your partner and graduated from university. It’s been some of the best times of your life. You’ve done all the reading on motherhood and the way things are ‘supposed’ to go, but you’re not obsessing over the milestones your baby is supposed to hit and when, your son is moving at his own pace and that’s fine with you. One thing that does cause concern though is the way he’s always gagging or choking on his food - you fear there might be something wrong with his tongue so you take him to the doctor.  In that appointment though your life is turned upside down - the doctor thinks your son might be showing early signs of autism.  This was what happened for proud Worimi woman Tanika Davis and her husband Adrian in 2017. Having their son Slade diagnosed with autism was terrifying at the time and raised more questions than answers - but it also set them off on a new journey to turn this new fact into an opportunity to raise awareness and create resources for Aboriginal families in particular, with children on the autism spectrum. Tanika is my guest on today’s podcast. She's the founder of @_theiammovement and has a powerful story that will inspire you all to think about autism differently. Support Tanika's work by following her  on social media @_theiammovement or read more at https://theiammovement.com.au/ If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and share with your friends and family! Read more about the show and find out who next week's episode will feature by visiting our Instagram: @alwaysourstories . . . Always Was, Always Will Be Our Stories is Written, Hosted, Produced and Edited by Marlee Silva, on the unceded lands of the Dharrawal people. We pay our deepest respects to those people and their Elders past and present, whose connection to this place has remained unbroken for over 60 thousand years. . . . Theme Music: 'Run' by Tristan Barton Podcast Artwork: @wuruhi.auaha . . .
46:45
June 7, 2020
EP1: 'Foster kid to CEO', Isaiah Dawe
This is the first ever episode of Always Was Always Will Be Our Stories, in today’s chat Marlee Silva sits down with Butchella and Gawara man Isaiah Dawe. Like thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids in Australia today, Isaiah grew up in foster care. During that time, he was forced to face unimaginable abuse from carers, to navigate a world without someone to call ‘mum’ or ‘dad’ and in the midst of it all, try and figure out his cultural identity and what I meant to be Aboriginal. Hearing what Isaiah was forced to face, and what far too many kids are continuing to face in a system that fails them time and time again, will infuriate you. But this story of survival and Isaiah’s ability to rise, overcome - and most astonishingly, build his own non-profit organisation called ‘ID Know Yourself’ where he’s now supporting kids who are just like him, in the care system - to be the family he never had - will leave you feeling inspired, hopeful and hungry to help him make change. Support Isaiah's work by following his organisation on social media @idknowyourself or read more at https://www.idknowyourself.com/ If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and share with your friends and family! Read more about the show and find out who next week's episode will feature by visiting our Instagram: @alwaysourstories . . . Always Was, Always Will Be Our Stories is Written, Hosted, Produced and Edited by Marlee Silva, on the unceded lands of the Dharrawal people. We pay our deepest respects to those people and their Elders past and present, whose connection to this place has remained unbroken for over 60 thousand years. . . . Theme Music: 'Run' by Tristan Barton Podcast Artwork: @wuruhi.auaha . . .
55:25
May 31, 2020
Always Was, Always Will Be Our Stories - S1 Trailer
Yaama, I’m Marlee Silva, a Gamilaroi and Dunghutti writer and the Co-Founder of Tiddas 4 Tiddas. In these frightening and uncertain times, it feels as though there’s little left in life that has gone unchanged. Coming from the oldest, continuous surviving culture on Earth - that of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people - there is something my people do, that never has and never will falter. That is, our tradition of storytelling. For over 80 thousand years, we have exchanged stories as a means of connecting, learning and surviving and continuing this today, to me, seems more important than ever. That’s why I’m bringing you my new podcast, ‘Always was, always will be our stories.’ Where I sit down with inspiring Indigenous leaders from all walks of life, to hear their stories, learn from their experiences - and maybe even, just distract ourselves for a minute from the hazy and dark clouds that seem ever present in this world today, so we might connect and feel hopeful for the future. Subscribe now and be ready for episode 1, dropping on the 1st of June 2020! Follow us on Instagram or Facebook too to stay up date with the new guests coming your way every week: @alwaysourstories Theme Music: 'Run', Tristan Barton Podcast Artwork: Tia Mason This podcast was mostly recorded and edited from my home studio on Dharrawal Country. I pay my respects to the Dharrawal people and all my brothers and sisters ancestors across the continent. These lands and waterways always was and always will be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Our sovereignty has never been ceded and our strength and resilience will continue forward for time immemorial. 
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May 12, 2020