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NAIDOC Week smoking ceremony

Supporting our First Nations Communities 

Goldfields Library Corporation acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land and waterways of our region. We recognise their living cultures and ongoing connection to Country and pay respect to their Elders past and present.

 

Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week (27 May-3 June) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts and actions of All Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian Community, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

To mark National Reconciliation Week 2021, Bendigo Library will be honoured back to Country by Elders of the Dja Dja Wurrung Peoples. A Welcome to Country ceremony will be followed by a screening of the short documentary, Ringtone, our contribution to the Central Victorian Indigenous Film Festival. In Castlemaine, we'll have a First Nations themed Storytime session on Friday 28 May, and a special Toddler Time session with Aunty Kerri Douglas on Monday 31 May. We also welcome everyone to contribute a written intention for action towards reconciliation in 2021 to our Reconciliation Tree, to show your support for our First Nations Peoples. 

 

NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each year and give all Australians the opportunity to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the oldest continuing cultures on the planet.

In 2020, we celebrated the theme of ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ with some very special online sessions.

Read more about how we celebrated NAIDOC Week in 2020, and access our online sessions.

 

Local Dja Dja Wurrung Information

These two short videos provide information about local Dja Dja Wurrung country

Dja Dja Wurrung Conservation Walking Together

Bendigo Creek Story

Connecting with Culture on Dja Dja Wurrung Country Resource Kit

Created by Communities for Children Bendigo and Noah’s Ark Inc.

Resource kit available here.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiRd1wAxen0&feature=youtu.be

 

Condemning violence against First Nations peoples

Goldfields Libraries condemns racism and stands in solidarity with the international community in condemning violence and racism against people of colour. We acknowledge Australia’s history of violence against its First Nations people, who have experienced, and continue to experience, systemic discrimination and disadvantage. 

Goldfields Library Corporation is actively working to build cultural literacy in our own staff and organisation. We seek to eradicate racism by developing library services that are equitable, culturally aware, and build cultural literacy and a deeper understanding of Australian History for all who live in our region and beyond. We as an organisation are continuing to learn and grow. We have provided some resources below to assist you in also being a lifelong learner.   

Goldfields Library Corporation acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land and waterways of our region. We recognise their living cultures and ongoing connection to Country, and pay respect to their Elders past and present.

Steps we are taking to this end:

  • We Acknowledge Country at all of our meetings, programs and events, and on all our communications
  • We are following the recommendations of an Indigenous Cultural Audit of our libraries by Simon Penrose, Koorie Engagement Support Officer at the Department of Education, Bendigo
  • We are partnering with our member Councils to engage community and deliver on their Reconciliation Action Plans
  • Programming regular events which highlight the contributions of our First Nations people.
  • EOI’s out for original works of art for a number of our libraries
  • Development of local Aboriginal art and signage for all our libraries
  • Developing locally designed Acknowledgment of Country plaques
  • Developing reader advisory services for books and other collections to support cultural literacy development for all ages
  • Continuing to develop and support spaces, collections, programs and events which build understanding and celebration of our indigenous cultural heritage and local aboriginal community
  • Continuing staff development around cultural awareness and service provision

Recommended reading

Online reading

Staff top picks

Talking to My Country, Stan Grant

Talking to My Country, Stan Grant

The Tall Man, Chloe Hooper (Book Club title)

The Tall Man, Chloe Hooper (Book Club title)

 

Adult Non-Fiction

 How Indigenous thinking can save the world / Yunkaporta, Tyson

Sand Talk: How Indigenous thinking can save the world, Tyson Yunkaporta

Indigenous rights / edited by Justin Healey

Indigenous rights, edited by Justin Healey

Indigenous people and criminal justice / edited by Justin Healey

Indigenous people and criminal justice, edited by Justin Healey

Growing up aboriginal in Australia / edited by Anita Heiss

Growing up aboriginal in Australia, edited by Anita Heiss

 the journey of the Uluru Statement towards voice, treaty and truth / Thomas Mayor

Finding the heart of the Nation: The journey of the Uluru Statement towards voice, treaty and truth, Thomas Mayor

A man called Yarra / Stan Yarramunua with Robert Hillman

A man called Yarra, Stan Yarramunua with Robert Hillman

The Bauhinia Tree / Kankawa Nagarra Olive Knight as told to Terri-Ann White

The Bauhinia Tree, Kankawa Nagarra Olive Knight as told to Terri-Ann White

Warren Mundine in black + white, Nyunggai Warren Mundine (AO), with a foreword by Stan Grant

Warren Mundine in black + white, Nyunggai Warren Mundine (AO), with a foreword by Stan Grant

 Indigenous arguments for meaningful constitutional recognition and reform, edited by Megan Davis & Marcia Langton

It's our Country: Indigenous arguments for meaningful constitutional recognition and reform, edited by Megan Davis & Marcia Langton

Black is the new white, Nakkiah Lui

Black is the new white, Nakkiah Lui

 The story of my life and my music, Archie Roach

Tell me why: The story of my life and my music, Archie Roach

 stories of Tracker Tilmouth, Alexis Wright

Tracker: stories of Tracker Tilmouth, Alexis Wright

 An anthology, edited by Rosie Scott and Anita Heiss

The Intervention: An anthology, edited by Rosie Scott and Anita Heiss

 How indigenous fire management could save Australia, Victor Steffensen

Fire Country: How indigenous fire management could save Australia, Victor Steffensen

 black seeds, Bruce Pascoe

Dark Emu: black seeds, Bruce Pascoe

 selected stories, Bruce Pascoe

Salt: selected stories, Bruce Pascoe

Adult Fiction

The yield, Tara June Winch

The yield, Tara June Winch

Too much lip, Melissa Lucashenko

Too much lip, Melissa Lucashenko

 

 

Junior Non Fiction

Kaurareg mob, Trish Albert

Kaurareg mob, Trish Albert

 listening to stories from country and from inside the heart, compiled by Nadia Wheatley, illustrated and design, Ken Searle, Indigenous consultant Jackie Huggins

Playground: listening to stories from country and from inside the heart, compiled by Nadia Wheatley, illustrated and design, Ken Searle, Indigenous consultant Jackie Huggins

 

Junior Fiction

Dingo's tree, written and illustrated by Gladys Milroy and Jill Milroy

Dingo's tree, written and illustrated by Gladys Milroy and Jill Milroy

 

Picture Books

Why I love Australia, Bronwyn Bancroft

Why I love Australia, Bronwyn Bancroft

Kick with my left foot, Paul Seden & Karen Briggs

Kick with my left foot, Paul Seden & Karen Briggs

Big rain coming, written by Katrina Germein, illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft

Big rain coming, written by Katrina Germein, illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft

 

Welcome to country, by Joy Murphy with illustrations by Lisa Kennedy

Welcome to country, by Joy Murphy with illustrations by Lisa Kennedy

The lost girl, story by Ambelin Kwaymullina, illustrations by Leanne Tobin

The lost girl, story by Ambelin Kwaymullina, illustrations by Leanne Tobin

 A story on Darug songlines, Jasmine Seymour & Leanne Mulgo Watson

Cooee Mittigar: A story on Darug songlines, Jasmine Seymour & Leanne Mulgo Watson

I Saw, We Saw (Djamarrkuli'wu Yolgnumurru Dhäruk), Ann James & Ann Haddon

I Saw, We Saw (Djamarrkuli'wu Yolgnumurru Dhäruk), Ann James & Ann Haddon

Documentary DVD

 Songs of Freedom

Murundak: Songs of Freedom

 

Young Adult Fiction