After the killing of the unarmed black man Geoge Floyd, Indigenous voices are speaking up and calling for Australians to turn their heads towards what's happening in their own backyard.
More than 10,000 people came together on Saturday 6th June at King George Square to protest for #blacklivesmatter in Brisbane. The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council said the circumstances surrounding Mr Floyd’s death were all too familiar to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. At least 432 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have died in custody in Australia since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody report in 1991.
There is pain and unrest amongst Aborinal Australian communities and we need to support eachother to raise awareness and understanding. Education and knowledge leads to empathy, and empathy leads to action, so why not start by learning about our own culture here in Australia and the history of our land?
How can we suport indegenous voices here in Australia?
1. Learn and Listen.
Realise the pain that the indigenous people feel on a daily baisis. Think about the racism that they still continue to battle with in this country. One thing that can be very helpful is to listen, release your judgement, realise the in-equlaity that continues to exists here in Australia and educate yourself through leanring about your history, the Indegenoust Austrlian story, which is a part of all of us.
2. Get Involved
Join conversations, actively get involved through cultural experience and participation. At the NGUTANA-LUI centre located in Inala, you can learn about Australian Aboriginal history, attend workshops and organise Aboriginal education programs for your school or community.
Centre for Cultural Competence is a majority Indigenous-owned consulting and cultural training organisation that provides courses for people in our community. Centre for Cultural Competence delivers real and lasting change at a personal and professional level. You can book a cultural training pakages or ask your diversity officer within your own company or organisation to organise a trianing session for you and your collegues.
Become a friend of the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC).The AILC runs training workshops that are designed to provide an overview of the key knowledge areas in leadership and governance relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Indigenous governance alongside Indigenous leadership provides a responsible and sustainable framework that will deliver long term outcomes for Indigenous communities throughout Australia.
Engage with the Aboriginal Communities and get in touch with your local elders. If you do not have any contacts or direct links with your local Aboriginal community, a good starting point is to contact either the Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) or Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG).
3. Support Indigenous Art
Read Indigenous Poems, Indigenous Writers. Once you commit to hearing indegenous voices, you will have a better understanding of Australian history.
Read Indigenous books, turn towards indigenous storytellers and support their work.
Visit virtual Indigenous Art Exhibitions and purchase Indigenous art. Art is a symbol of expression, by purchasing indigenous art and hanging it on the walls of your house, you are actively supporting, appreciating and aknoweldging the traditional oweners of this land.
4. Follow Indigenous Australian Activists on Social Media and Share Posts
By following and sharing you are creating awareness for Indigenous activists and helping more people understand the injustice that continues to happen in this coutnry today,
If you know of any informative Indigenous resources please leave a comment.