Acknowledging NAIDOC during COVID

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Acknowledging NAIDOC during COVID

2020 National NAIDOC Poster
Shape of Land artwork, by Noongar and Saibai Islander man Tyrown Waigana

NAIDOC Week is dedicated to celebrating the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

2020 will be the first year that NAIDOC Week is not held in the first full week of July (this week). As NAIDOC is celebrated through local and national events, organisers announced last month that it will instead take place in November. Ordinarily, events would be well underway across the country so Lotus is taking a moment to reflect on the cause and all that it represents.

But what does this look like?

Over the last few months, what has become clear is that there is a lack of understanding among the wider population of the lived experience of Indigenous Australians. At Lotus, we are choosing to further our own education of Indigenous culture and amplify Indigenous voices and creators. Yesterday, on our Instagram, we shared a list of Indigenous creators and educational resources (copied below) to do just this. While these are not exhaustive lists, they are a great place to start.

Please join us in exploring these resources (and plenty more) in recognition of what would have been NAIDOC Week.

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Thank you @sarahmian for inspiring this post! This is the Aussie edition of 100 resources to educate yourself on Indigenous oppression, injustice & everyday experiences. This started out as a desire to aid my own learning process and loved Sarah’s format for organising these resources and the shareability. It was supposed to be 100 but I ended up finding a lot more and I couldn’t choose which to leave out. I also didn’t intend to exclude any resources – sorry if I did! Please comment some more down below if you have any to add. There’s also a link in my bio for the PDF version! Happy Learning! . . . BOOKS From the top left to right: Because a White Man’ll Never Do It; The Tall Man; Australians: Origins to Eureka; Black Politics; Am I Black Enough for You?; Treading Lightly; Talking to my Country; Dark Emu; Forgotten War; Carpentaria; Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia; Welcome to Country; Homeland Calling; Australia Day; Not just black and white; Noongar Bush Medicine; Warren Mundine in Black + White; Black is the New White; Too Much Lip; Catching Teller Crow; After the Carnage; Barbed wire and cherry blossoms; Taboo; Terra Nullius; Becoming Kirrali Lewis; Me and White Supremacy; So you want to talk about race; Remembered by heart; Meet me at the Intersection; My Place. KIDS BOOKS: Same, but a little bit diff’rent; A kids book about racism; Respect; Let’s Talk About Race; An ABC of Equality; Baby Business; Silly Birds; Young Dark Emu; Cooee Mittigar; Little Bird’s Day; My Place (kids); Welcome to Country (kids); Girls can fly; Shauna’s Great Expectations; Sister Heart; What is Race?; Brontide; Living on Stolen Land; The hate u give; This book is anti-racist; Woke; When the Ground is Hard; Ghost Bird. #blm #blacklivesmatter #learning #education #indigenous #indigenouscommunities #indigenouslivesmatter

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Learn more about NAIDOC Week here: https://www.naidoc.org.au/about/history