Young deaf Indigenous woman Natasha Reid was featured on The Point, NITV’s news, current affairs and special interest show, as part of the National Week of Deaf People 2017. Natasha speaks about moving to Melbourne, learning Auslan and becoming a part of the Deaf community, and how connecting with other Deaf indigenous people has helped her connect to her own heritage as a Yorta Yorta woman. Natasha attended DCA’s first Indigenous Cultural Youth Camp in 2014 and met Deb, a DCA family support worker, while on the camp. Deb and Natasha formed a special bond during the camp and the two have continued to meet, with Deb mentoring Natasha and giving her the opportunity to attend other camps. DCA has run two Deaf Aboriginal Cultural Youth Camps with Aboriginal leaders – one in Sorrento, Victoria and one at Ngurra Bu Camp in the Wollombi Valley, NSW. DCA has also partnered with the Northern Territory Education Department to support several Talking Hands Residential School Programs in the NT.
Monday night’s episode of The Point is available on SBS On Demand, and can be viewed by visiting the On Demand website. Natasha’s segment begins at 13:50. Please note a login is required to access SBS On Demand videos.
DCA’s historic building and grounds also featured in Sunday night’s episode of Doctor Blake Murder Mysteries. The building was transformed into Wendouree Grammar for the episode ‘First Dance’, where a murder mystery unfolds at the school debutante ball.
The episode can be viewed on ABC iView. To watch the episode or share it, visit the iView website.