National Reconciliation Week 27 May – 3 June and NAIDOC Week 2 July – 9 July

Some resources for all ages for National Reconciliation Week, which starts tomorrow, and NAIDOC Week in July……

from Lindy Hathaway Dickson College

National Reconciliation Week 27 May – 3 June and NAIDOC Week 2 July – 9 July Reconciliation is about building better relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, for the benefit of all Australians. This year is also the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum which voted to change how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were referred to in the Constitution, so that laws could be made for them. It is also 25 years since the High Court’s Mabo decision which granted land rights to Torres Strait Islander Eddie Mabo and supported native title.

This year’s theme is Let’s take the next steps. The NAIDOC Week theme is Our languages matter, which celebrates the role of indigenous languages  in cultural identity, history and spirituality. AIATSIS map of indigenous Australia (languages and groups): Reconciliation Australia also links to: Share Our Pride –  clearly presented information into the history, lives and cultures of Australia’s First People. Recognise – the people’s movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution and to ensure that it is free from racial discrimination.

Some useful videos for National Reconciliation Week: What is National Reconciliation Week? (NITV 4 min. video and slides): Who we are (8 min.): Follows the lives of 6 exceptional young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who share their stories about their families and communities. Journalist Stan Grant’s powerful speech about indigenous history in Australia (8 min.):

Right wrongs – new resource This excellent resource from the ABC, AIATSIS and NSLA has just been released. Short videos and information explore developments since the 1967 referendum which changed how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were referred to in the constitution. Sections include: Controlled but not counted; Fighting for change; An extraordinary vote; The legacy; Where to now?|Secondary_email|20170524 ABC Splash Lots of resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures, including videos about indigenous languages. Also includes the Sorry Day digibook and 1967 referendum digibook.!/topic/494038/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-histories-and-cultures ABC Indigenous Access the latest Indigenous stories and features from ABC Radio, News & Current Affairs, TV and iview. Counted (ABC TV and iview 26/5/17, 7.30pm) Stan Grant takes us on his own personal journey & speaks to the heroes of the 1967 referendum & their grandchildren.

First Nations Convention 300 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders are gathering at Uluru this week to discuss how to achieve constitutional recognition for indigenous Australians. It appears likely that there will be a consensus on the need for meaningful reform such as a prohibition on racial discrimination, an elected body with a role in laws affecting indigenous peoples and support for a treaty. NITV – National Indigenous Television Informs, educates and entertains its indigenous and non-indigenous audiences. Great documentaries, news, personal accounts and perspectives. Explore topics and link to videos: Social issues, Cultures, Arts, Social Justice…

NITV programs include: NITV programs on demand: Movies on NITV: The point: Current affairs and news for all Australians, with indigenous perspectives. Hosts include Karla Grant and Rae Johnston, acclaimed tech and pop culture journalist. Custodians: 5 minute profiles of Aboriginal traditional  owners, showcasing their country. Our stories: Emerging filmmakers from regional and remote areas share stories of their life, history, culture and communities. Bushwhacked: 2 young guys explore remote corners of Australia in search of weird and wacky creatures. The Dreaming: Animated stories explained by elders. Little J and Big Cuz: Provides a young indigenous audience with ‘relatable’ characters and offers an insight into traditional Aboriginal culture, country and language. Includes online educational games.

First contact: Ray Martin takes 6 well-known Australians on a journey where they explore present-day Aboriginal society. 20 inspiring black women who have changed Australia: Indigenous languages at risk: 10 minute podcast. Australia’s indigenous languages could be completely wiped out by 2050 according to experts. The number of traditional languages has dropped from 250 to 120 over the last two hundred years.

Indigenous works from Google Art Project: SBS On Demand A changing selection of films, documentaries and newsclips. Search for “indigenous” programs.

Creative Spirits “Learn about contemporary Aboriginal culture without agenda”. Many resources in many areas including history, arts, people, economy, law and justice, politics and media, spirituality. “Creative Spirits is an amazing collection of history and an inspiring representation of Aboriginal culture”-Michele Hetherington, Aboriginal woman from NSW.<> Teacher and student resources: books, movies, music, TV and radio, infographics…

Black Screen Part of the National Film and Sound Archive – lends DVDs of contemporary indigenous films to individuals and organisations for use at screening events. Books Knowledge of life: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia (2015) – Kaye Price (ed.) Investigates history, reconciliation, law, art, enterprise, health, education, literature, sport and human rights. The authors of each chapter are indigenous and experts in their field. Each chapter begins with biographical information about the author. State of Reconciliation in Australia Report (2016) – Highlights what has been achieved under the 5 dimensions of reconciliation: race relations, equality and equity, institutional integrity, unity and historical acceptance and makes recommendations for the progress of reconciliation.

Talking to my country (2016) – Stan Grant. “An extraordinarily powerful and personal meditation on race, culture and national identity…. what it means to be Australian; the sorrow, shame, anger and hardship of being an Aboriginal man and what racism really means in this country”.

Excellent book list:

Excellent film and TV list: