National Reconciliation Week 2020 resources

This National Reconciliation Week, 27 May – 3 June, the theme ‘In this Together’ encourages us all to consider our role in the reconciliation process.

Warwick Padgham, Manager of Indigenous Student Programs, Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, shares some ideas on how:

Reconciliation is not just about Indigenous people leading the work for Indigenous development, it also encourages our non-Indigenous Australians to be allies, champions and supporters to walk with us on this journey. To start to become involved doesn’t necessarily need to take much and I encourage you to have a read, listen and watch of some of these resources. They are just a snapshot of some of the great work and some amazing stories of Indigenous Australia.

Discover resources below, download the Unimelb NRW Zoom background for meetings, and check the list of events being held to mark National Reconciliation Week.

  • Read

    📙 Welcome to Country: A Travel Guide to Indigenous Australia, Marcia Langton
    An inclusive guidebook to Indigenous Australia and the Torres Strait Islands. A detailed introduction covers topics such as language, customs and history, followed by a directory of Indigenous tourist experiences across every state of Australia.

    📙 Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia, Anita Heiss
    What is it like to grow up Aboriginal in Australia? This anthology showcases many diverse voices, experiences and stories in order to answer that question. All of the contributors speak from the heart, calling for empathy, challenging stereotypes, and demanding respect.

    📙 The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines made Australia, Bill Gamage
    After a decade of research, Gamage explodes the myth that pre-settlement Australia was an untamed wilderness, revealing complex, country-wide systems of land management used by Aboriginal people. Gamage rewrites Australian history, with huge implications for us today.

    📙 Dark Emu: Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture, Bruce Pascoe
    Pascoe puts forward an argument for the reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australia. This impeccably researched book uses evidence from the records and diaries of Australian explorers to challenge the convenient lies of colonialism.

    📙 Young Dark Emu: A Truer History, Bruce Pascoe
    Pascoe has collected a swathe of literary awards for Dark Emu and now he has brought together the research and compelling first person accounts in a book for younger readers.

    📙 Talking To My Country, Stan Grant
    Direct, honest and forthright, this is a rare, special book that talks to every Australian about their country. Grant offers a personal and powerful response to racism in Australia and explores the sorrow, shame, anger and hardship of being an Indigenous man.

    📰 'Voices from the bush – how lockdown affects remote Indigenous communities differently'The Conversation
    What does self-isolation mean when you live in one of Australia’s most remote Aboriginal communities? What does social distancing mean when the average household holds 12-15 people? How do you think through viral vulnerability when people in your community already die too young and too frequently?

    📰 'At-risk Aboriginal women and children forgotten in crisis'Pursuit
    The Australian Government needs to step up and better support Aboriginal women and children at-risk of violence amid COVID-19.

    📰 Further stories from Pursuit
    On Pursuit, read commentary from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academics, including other University experts, that focus on Indigenous knowledge, issues, achievements and opportunities.

  • Listen

    🔊 Melbourne Poche Centre Leadership podcasts
    The UniMelbPoche podcast interviews Indigenous Health and Wellbeing professionals and academics, including discussions of their experiences in their disciplines and industries, Indigenous leadership, and broader Indigenous issues both locally and globally.

    🔊 The Policy Shop, “Fighting for Recognition”
    In this episode of the Policy Shop, New Zealand Maori constitutional lawyer, Dr Moana Jackson and Dr Shireen Morris, a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Melbourne Law School, consider questions about treaties versus constitutional recognition and ask how we might move beyond rhetoric on community engagement.

    🔊 Awaye! Word Up
    This podcast, produced by the ABC, shares the diverse languages of black Australia from Anmatyerre to Yorta Yorta – one word at a time. In each episode, an Indigenous Australian shares a word of significance to their people, as well as their hopes for the future of Indigenous languages in Australia.

  • Watch

    🖥️ Unimelb Narrm Orations
    Watch previous Narrm orations from The University of Melbourne.

    📺 First Australians, SBS
    First Australians chronicles the birth of contemporary Australia as never told before, from the perspective of its first people. Over 7 episodes, the series explores what unfolded when the oldest living culture in the world was confronted by the British Empire.

    📺 National Indigenous Television (NITV), SBS
    Explore documentaries, cartoons and movies from SBS’s NITV. With so much to choose from, you’re bound to find something of interest!