The Aboriginal spirit is strong and ever-present

Monday, 13 September 2021 - 11:00am
Live broadcast from the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre

In an institution, freedom can be found only briefly - if at all. For Vickie brief moments of creativity and freedom were felt in the early hours, while the jail was still and quiet. But keeping culture and connecting with the Aboriginal spirit can feel impossible when you’re locked up. The Aboriginal culture is ancient, strong and ever-present in First Nations people; culture remains in the spirits of mob in prison, even when their physical presence to the land is cut off. 

In this episode, Kutcha and Vickie explore how inmates find creative expression, engage in the healing process and learn about culture while on the “inside”. Vickie shares how she found moments of peace during her time in prison through her creativity, daydreaming, writing and strengthening her spiritual connections.

In today’s episode, we hear from Roy, Jody, James, Danielle, and others in prisons across Victoria and “Beyond the Bars” broadcasters Shiralee Hood, Kerri-Lee Harding, and Johnny Mac.

20 Years on the Inside with Vickie and Kutcha
Friday
A podcast series hosted by Vickie Roach and Kutcha Edwards reflecting on 20 years of the Beyond the Bars prison radio broadcasts.

Presenter

Vickie Roach and Kutcha Edwards

Topic

Episodes

The daily grind

20 Sep 2021
On today’s show Kutcha and Vickie hear from the men and women on the “inside” about the daily grind. Life and work on the “inside”. We listen to the brothers and sisters who are living the grind day in, day out, and try to understand just what this system is doing to our people.

The Aboriginal spirit is strong and ever-present

13 Sep 2021
In this episode, Kutcha and Vickie explore how inmates find creative expression, engage in the healing process and learn about culture while on the “inside”. Vickie shares how she found moments of peace during her time in prison through her creativity, daydreaming, writing and strengthening her spiritual connections.

Unfinished Business

6 Sep 2021
This episode of "20 Years on the Inside" not only looks at the pain associated with grief and mourning, but also with drug addiction, and how prisons only prolong the pain.

White man's world, black man's jail

30 Aug 2021
In this first episode of "20 Years on the Inside" we remember the early days of Beyond the Bars and reflect on what, or if, anything has changed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the prison system over the last two decades.