I love learning about the history of Australia's First Nations peoples and the intersection between their history and British settlement of Australia. There is so much to uncover, confront, process and come to terms with. It is very clear that so much of what we have been taught about this history is one-sided, self-serving and untrue.
In the "Truth Seeker Sessions", I will be sharing resources as I uncover them in the hope that they will support you in your own truth seeking journey, in the event that you may be on a similar path and are keen to exchange knowledge like me. Please feel free to let me know of any resources you think I should highlight in the Truth Seeker Sessions. I'd also love to hear from First Nations artists and makers and learn about your stories.
And for the record:
- I support the Uluru Statement;
- I acknowledge our First Nations peoples as the Traditional Custodians of this land, sovereignty of which was never ceded; and
- I support changing the date we celebrate Australia Day out of respect and compassion for our First Nations peoples.
I want to live in an inclusive, non-discriminatory, just, cohesive, functional and caring society. That's a big ask. But I believe in the power of one to make a difference. Our individual efforts to improve our knowledge and awareness count. When we know better we do better. Knowledge is power and the truth shall set us free.
Here are this week's discoveries:
- Listen to "Conversations" with Richard Fidler: an interview with historian Henry Reynolds on his new book "Truth-Telling: History, Sovereignty and the Uluru Statement."
-Visit Unsettled - an exhibition at the Australia Museum in Sydney showcasing the untold histories behind Australia's foundation story. Opens 22 May
- Visit the NGV during National Reconciliation Week to learn more about Indigenous knowledge and Ancestral memories. Starts 27 May 2021.
You can read the Uluru Statement here.
And last but certainly not least, watch this powerful video by WA Heath about well-being, racism and intergenerational trauma.
Thanks for your time. I wish you well in your truth seeking.
Much love, Jac xoxo
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