The approach of NAIDOC week has me thinking about how I, as a white woman, can best support Aboriginal people.
In recent years I have had the opportunity to meet and spend time with refugee and migrant communities. Not surprisingly, many know very little about Australian history and their knowledge of Aboriginal Australia is limited to negative and stereotyped stories from mainstream media. Also, not surprisingly, they are keen to learn about their new home, but they are often unsure of where to start. This has sent me looking for books to share.
Luckily there are now fantastic resources out there, which I wish were available when my family came to Australia as refugees. Developing cultural awareness helps people become aware of their own prejudices (or not to develop them in the first place!), reduces suspicion and mistrust, and fosters respect and pride.
So this NAIDOC week, help to spread the word about what our extraordinary First Australians have endured and achieved over the millennia.
The Little Red Yellow Black Book: An introduction to Indigenous Australia (Fourth Edition) (2018)
Welcome to Country: A Travel Guide to Indigenous Australia by Marcia Langton (2018)
Welcome to Country Youth Edition: An Introduction to our First Peoples for Young Australians by Marcia Langton (2019)
Young Dark Emu: A Truer History by Bruce Pascoe (2019)
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