Join us in March for the first two webinars in our Books You Must Read webinars series.
BOARDING AND AUSTRALIA’S FIRST PEOPLES – Marnie O’Bryan
Tuesday 22 March
Author, Marnie O’Bryan, steps inside the complex lived experience of being a First Nations student in predominantly non-Indigenous schools in Australia. Stories are told through first-hand narratives interviews of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who have attended boarding schools all over the country recorded over a 9-year period.
Boarding and Australia’s First Peoples encourages new and collaborative approaches to Indigenous education programs. It assists practitioners and policy makers to critically review the structures, policies, and cultural assumptions embedded in the institutions in which they work, to the benefit of First Nations students and their families.
Marnie is a Research Fellow at CAEPR, an Honorary Fellow at Melbourne Uni and Co-Chair with Prof Tony Dreise of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
DEAR SON – Thomas Mayor
Wednesday 30 March
‘As a boy in school, I was taught that my forefathers were unintelligent and inhuman, while my white friends were taught that their forefathers were great explorers, builders, inventors and our saviours.’ Thomas Mayor.
Dear Son shares heartfelt letters written by First Nations men about life, masculinity, love, culture and racism. This beautifully designed anthology gives cause for critical reflection by educators at a time when First Nations peoples are starting to break free of derogatory stereotypes and find solace in their communities and cultures.
Thomas Mayor is a Torres Strait Islander man born on Larrakia country in Darwin. As an advocate for the Uluru Statement from the Heart, Thomas travelled Australia for 18 months carrying the sacred canvas and garnering support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Thomas is the author of Finding The Heart of The Nation, Dear Son and the children’s books – Finding Our Heart and Freedom Day.