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More than a word

Kate Thorburn
Published 26 May 2021 

<br/>Adam Briggs  – Our Home, Our Heartbeat 
Adam Briggs  – Our Home, Our Heartbeat 
<br/>The Yield- Tara June Winch
The Yield- Tara June Winch

Happy National Reconciliation Week 2021! ❤️💛🖤

Inspired by this year's Reconciliation Week theme ‘More than a word, reconciliation takes action’, we put a call-out to our staff about the actions we can all take towards reconciliation in their day to day. Here's what they had to say... 


  • Take the time to acknowledge country. This could be verbally in the start of meetings but also when you're outside, walking in the city or at your local park or river. Think about including deeper personal reflections when doing Acknowledgements to Country. 
  • Use local Aboriginal words wherever you can. Acknowledge place names and use them when you send mail and when you tell people where you live. 
  • Research the Traditional Owners of your local area. Find out their stories, share them, celebrate them and, when necessary, mourn the people who have been lost. It is incredibly important to acknowledge Traditional Owners, listen to their stories and the stories of this land, and recognise the tremendous wrong-doings and suffering that has occurred due to colonisation.  
  • To find out who the Traditional Owners are in your local area check out the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Councils, or local cultural centres. 
  • Learn about the place you live. What was it like before white settlement? What was it like during invasion? When you are out in nature, reflect and try and look at the landscape from a different perspective. Try to imagine what it would have been like thousands of years ago. 
  • Learn about the Uluru Statement from the Heart.  
  • Learn about what Treaty is and what your state’s position is. 
  • Visit culturally important sites such as Uluru in the Northern Territory and Budj Bim in Victoria. 
  • Join an advocacy organisation like ANTaR. If you are a member already – make that count. Volunteer and work with Aboriginal people on issues that are important to them. 
  • Learn about the different seasons that Traditional Owners recognise and talk about them with your friends, family and colleagues.  
  • Actively seek out Indigenous perspectives, voices and researchers by reading, talking to people and listening. Step back and create space for other perspectives and worldviews. Bring respect, an open heart and mind to your work. Support others to learn then share your experiences. 
  • Commit to lifelong learning. Practice self-awareness and reflection in your day-to-day life and work. Question your own perspective, privilege and bias. What worldview am I seeing through? Am I giving equal value to Indigenous knowledge systems and wisdoms?  How can I amplify Indigenous voices within non-Indigenous frameworks?  
  • Watch NITV and read the Koori Mail

Some online resources 

Texts to read 

  • Tara June Winch – The Yield 
  • Tyson Yunkaporta – Sand Talk 
  • Marcia Langton – Welcome to Country 
  • Bill Gammage – The Greatest Estate on Earth
  • Sally Morgan - Remembered By Heart: An Anthology of Indigenous Writing 
  • Adam Briggs  – Our Home, Our Heartbeat 
  • Anita Heiss – Growing up Aboriginal in Australia 
  • Victor Steffensen – Fire Country 
  • Aunty Fay Muir, Sue Lawson and Lisa Kennedy - Wilam: A Birrarung Story 
  • Bruce Pascoe - Dark Emu and Young Dark Emu

Films to watch

  • Sweet Country 
  • We Don’t Need A Map  
  • Contact (2009) 
  • Rabbit Proof Fence 
  • The Australian Dream & The Final Quarter 
  • Clever 
  • In My Blood It Runs  
  • Putuparri and the Rainmakers 
  • First Australians (SBS miniseries)

Social media accounts to follow 


<br/>Adam Briggs  – Our Home, Our Heartbeat 
Adam Briggs  – Our Home, Our Heartbeat 
<br/>The Yield- Tara June Winch
The Yield- Tara June Winch