Reading Showcase

National Reconciliation Week runs from May 27th to June 3rd 2022. This annual event is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements. It's an opportunity to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. This year’s National Reconciliation Week theme Be Brave, Make Change is a challenge to us all to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for all.

 

Somebody's Land: Welcome to our Country. Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing, illustrated by David Hardy.

Published by Allen and Unwin An accessible picture book for young children that introduces First Nations history and the term 'terra nullius' to a general audience, from Australian of the Year, community leader and anti-racism advocate Adam Goodes and political adviser and former journalist Ellie Laing, with artwork by Barkindji illustrator David Hardy.

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Dark Emu. Bruce Pascoe. Published by Magabala Books. 

Dark Emu argues for a reconsideration of the 'hunter-gatherer' tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians and attempts to rebut the colonial myths that have worked to justify dispossession. Accomplished author Bruce Pascoe provides compelling evidence from the diaries of early explorers that suggests that systems of food production and land management have been blatantly understated in modern retellings of early Aboriginal history, and that a new look at Australia's past is required.

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The Original Australians. The Story of the Aboriginal People. Josephine Flood. Published by Allen and Unwin

The Original Australians tells the story of Australian Aboriginal history and society from its distant beginnings to the present day. From the wisdom and paintings of the Dreamtime to the first contact between Europeans and Indigenous Australians, through to the Uluru Statement, it offers an insight into the life and experiences of the world's oldest surviving culture. The resilience and adaptability of Aboriginal people over millennia is one of the great human stories of all time.

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The Yield. Tara June Winch Published by Penguin Books

Knowing that he will soon die, Albert ‘Poppy’ Gondiwindi takes pen to paper. His life has been spent on the banks of the Murrumby River at Prosperous House, on Massacre Plains. Albert is determined to pass on the language of his people and everything that was ever remembered. He finds the words on the wind. Profoundly moving and exquisitely written, Tara June Winch’s The Yield is the story of a people and a culture dispossessed. But it is as much a celebration of what was and what endures, and a powerful reclaiming of Indigenous language, storytelling and identity. Winner of the 2020 Miles Franklin Award.

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