To amplify the The Australian Wars Education & Impact Project in partnership with Culture is Life, Blackfella Films and SBS, Culture is Life has launched the #HealOurHistory Campaign.

Building on years of work in education and campaigning, Culture is Life will connect audiences with tools to learn our shared history and heal from its current impacts through sharing diverse perspectives and lived experience on a variety of topics centered around education and truth-telling.

#HealOurHistory Campaign is rooted in an ethic of cultural care and truth-telling. We recognise that the content we are sharing is sensitive and will evoke strong emotions in viewers. We do not shy away from anger, grief, shame or guilt. These are necessary emotions to face in the process of reckoning our shared histories.

 

Campaign Launch: Our Young Voices

 “Young peoples perspectives always provide insight into our future and what we need to do. We at Culture Is Life always have them at the heart of our work.” – Belinda Duarte (Wotjobaluk/Dja Dja Wurrung), CEO of Culture Is Life

 

The #HealOurHistory campaign launch highlights the voices of First Nations and non-Indigenous young people, sharing their stories of lived experiences in school, reflections on The Australian Wars documentary series, history and truth-telling, January 26th, the Stolen Generations and messages of strength.

January 26 symbolises a whole range of things for First Nations people and the broader community. Reflecting on what it symbolises and reflecting on truth-telling through these historic events is critical to our healing and growth to move forward as a united peoples.

#HealOurHistory hopes to ignite conversations around history and truth telling and offer our young people’s personal reflections of our education system including experiences of racism and its impacts.

Shared experiences of racism and its impacts may be triggering for both Indigenous and and non Indigenous audiences who have experienced, perpetrated or remained silent in instances of racism. We ask audiences to be aware of these emotions and will be sharing services to seek support for socio-emotional wellbeing.

We ask audiences to respect the young people’s courage in sharing their perspectives and acknowledge that their reflections on what they have been taught in schools may not be factual and will be sharing historic references in our stories throughout the campaign.

 

@cultureislife Join us for the #HealOurHistory campaign where we will be sharing the lived experiences of five young people in #Australia ♬ original sound – Culture Is Life

@cultureislife What does cultural identity mean to you? #firstnations #australia #culture #healourhistory #fyp ♬ original sound – Culture Is Life

@cultureislife #TheAustralianWars is currently airing on @NITV. Ep 3 takes us to Wadjemup (Rottnest Island) with #Noongar Elder, Uncle Len Collard. Have you watched the series? Did you know the #history of Rottnest Island? #healourhistory #cultureislife #firstnations #truthtelling ♬ original sound – Culture Is Life

Duty of Care, Cultural Care and Cultural Safety 

We endeavor to build duty of care, cultural care and cultural safety into all our design and processes with this work, and we aspire to these values being carried forward by all our partners in this critical work of change, justice and healing.

Culture is Life is committed to ensuring young people and Aboriginal communities are valued and heard. A critical part of this is truth-telling. For this to be healthy and sustainable, this process needs to happen alongside active and accessible wellbeing practices. Collectively we will thrive as a nation when all people have been seen and heard.

Facing the truth of violent and disruptive histories since invasion is not easy, whether we are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the descendants of the colonisers or more recent migrants. The violence and loss needs to be faced to be healed.

Acknowledgement 

We acknowledge and respect the ongoing connection and relationship to the Traditional Custodians throughout Australia upon whose ancestral lands this film was produced. We pay respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging, and acknowledge the pivotal role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to play within the Australian community. Sovereignty was never ceded.


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Leigh reflects on Part 1 of #HealOurHistory where Leyla shared her lived experience of Racism in school.👩‍🎓

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❤️ In partnership with @blackfellafilms and @sharkislandinstitute
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🎬 Series by @blackfellafilms 
📺 Watch #TheAustralianWars on SBS Australia
❤️ In partnership with @blackfellafilms and @sharkislandinstitute 

#TheAustralianWars #FrontierWars #Australia
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#TheAustralianWars #HealOurHistory #Education 

🎬 Series by @blackfellafilms 
📺 Watch #TheAustralianWars on @sbs_australia 
❤️ In partnership with @blackfellafilms and @sharkislandinstitute
📸  Photo by Sulaiman Enayatzada aka @lazyfairr
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