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Monday, May 11

Australia's Sorry Day - Commemorated on May 26 Every Year

Sorry Day is a day for all Australians to take time out of their busy lives to remember Aboriginal people who where forcible removed from their families under early Government policies. The day was recommended as part of the Bringing Them Home report . If you get a chance to have look, it is worth reading some of the people's personal stories from the report - this is just not another Aboriginal report - read it from the horse's mouths.
Also, a "National Sorry Day Committee (NSDC) was established in 1998 and has been incorporated since January 2001. From the beginning, the NSDC has continued through the commitment, dedication and involvement of both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians. The NSDC is unique because it’s networks and voluntary memberships comprises of First Nations Peoples of Australia, including Stolen Generations and members of the Broader Australian Community. It operates on a reconciliatory basis that upholds a positive partnership between First Nations Peoples of Australia and the Broader Australian Community".

Arts Yarn Up - Australia Council for the Arts' Indigenous arts magazine

The Australia Council for the Arts' produces an Indigenous arts magazine,Arts Yarn Up - check out the Autumn 2009 edition. This issue includes "Australia's delegation to the Festival of Pacific Arts, Vernon Ah Kee's selection for the Venice Biennale, and Terri Janke's thoughts on the need for a national Indigenous cultural authority"

Respect, Acknowledge and Listen

This resource has practical protocols for working with the Indigenous Community of Western Sydney.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are as diverse as any other community. We are not all one cultural group and not all the same. Every community will have common ground and similarities, but also very different issues. Too often it is assumed that one Indigenous person is the knowledge holder and the sole voice for the whole community in which they live. There are different traditions and customs, different ways of communicating, different understandings, different sensitive issues, different Elders.

Thursday, May 7

The Apology - One year on

A classroom resource from the RacismNoWay website
"February 13th 2009 was the first anniversay of the apology to the Stolen Generations by the Australian Parliament. The apology was a powerful event in the nation's history for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
Theme: Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders - Australian history and race relations
Key Learning Area: English - Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE)
Age Group: Primary Upper (10-12) - Secondary Lower (13-14) - Secondary Middle (15-16)
Resource Type: Audio-visual
Stimulus Name: The Apology"