National Reconciliation Week

Published on 01 June 2020

National Reconciliation Week banner #InThisTogether2020 27 May - 3 June

National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to reflect on our shared histories, relationships and to explore how we can all contribute to achieving reconciliation.

There's a range of resources online to discover and share as a way to be in this together in 2020 such as IndigiTube, an online media platform by and for First Nations people, preserving language and culture for future generations. On the SBS website there's a range of movies available in the Reconciliation Film Club. As well as Blackwords, a website providing access to a vast record of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and their publications. For the little ones we recommend Storytime with Aunty Nita (Anita Heiss)
Anita Heiss holding childrens book surrounded by childrens stuffed toys

With your library membership

For the kids

Birrung the secret friend (The Secret History series vol. one) by Jackie French

Look see, Look at me by Leonie Norrington and Dee Huxley

Login to StoryBox library for a range of Indigenous children's books read by Australians


Reading for the adults

Jack Charles: Born-again blakfella by Jack Charles with Namila Benson
Longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards 2020

In this honest and no-holds-barred memoir, Uncle Jack reveals the ‘ups and downs of this crazy, drugged up, locked up, fucked up, and at times unbelievable, life’. From his sideline as a cat burglar, battles with drug addiction and stints in prison, to gracing the nation’s stages and screens as he dazzled audiences with his big personality and acting prowess, he takes us through the most formative moments of his life.
Available as eBook on BorrowBox

Gilpilil by Derek Rielly
Longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards 2020

 It's been almost fifty years since a teenage David Gulpilil illuminated screens worldwide with his breakout role in Walkabout. It was the first time we'd seen an Indigenous Australian cast in a significant role. Gulpilil quickly became the face of the Indigenous world to white Australian audiences. Charisma. Good looks. A competent, strong, mysterious man starring in films ranging from Rabbit-Proof Fence to Crocodile Dundee.
Available as eBook on BorrowBox

Too much lip by Melissa Lucashenko

Too much lip, her old problem from way back. And the older she got, the harder it seemed to get to swallow her opinions. The avalanche of bullshit in the world would drown her if she let it; the least she could do was raise her voice in anger.Wise-cracking Kerry Salter has spent a lifetime avoiding two things - her hometown and prison. But now her Pop is dying and she's an inch away from the lockup, so she heads south on a stolen Harley.Kerry plans to spend twenty-four hours, tops, over the border. She quickly discovers, though, that Bundjalung country has a funny way of grabbing on to people.
Available as eBook on Wheelers

Serving our country: Indigenous Australians, war, defence and citizenship by Joan Beaumont and Allison Cadzow

After decades of silence, Serving Our Country is the first comprehensive history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's participation in the Australian defence forces. This book reveals the courage, resilience and trauma of Indigenous defence personnel and their families, and document the long struggle to gain recognition for their role in the defence of Australia.
Available as eBook on Wheelers


Available to stream through Beamafilm with your library member membership

The Australian dream

Released in 2019, starring Adam Goodes, Stan Grant, Nova Peris, Gilbert McAdam and Tracey Holmes.

Using athleticism as the film's backdrop, 'The Australian dream' prompts questions about Australia's relationship with racism and its ability to confront its own past.
Watch now on Beamafilm


Released in 2017, starring Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu

One of the most important and acclaimed voices to come out of Australia. Blind from birth, he found meaning through songs and music inspired by his community and country on Elcho Island in far North East Arnhem Land.
Watch on Beamafilm

Namatjira Project

Released in 2017 starring Albert Namatjira and his family, Aranda, Rex Battarbee and Queen Elizabeth II

Albert Namatjira was the first Indigenous person to be made a citizen by the Australian Government and the founder of the Indigenous art movement in Australia. He was wrongfully imprisoned, and the Government sold copyright to his artworks. This is the story of a quest for justice.
Watch now on Beamafilm

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For more ways to be in this together in 2020 check out this list on the National Reconciliation Week website