At Australian Red Cross we are on our own journey to learn more, to stand up to racism and cultural ignorance and work harder to build a more equitable country. And while we’ve been supporting First Nations peoples for decades, we know we could have done better and done more to address systemic discrimination and disadvantage.
We hope our list of suggestions for what to read, watch and listen to, might help you in your own journey to know more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and peoples.
Together we can listen and learn. Together we can heal the hurt, build trust and empower First Nations’ peoples. Together we must.
* This web page may contain the names and/or images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who are now deceased.
Zach’s Ceremony – watch on YouTube, Google Play, Apple TV, Vimeo and Fetch. One boy’s transition to manhood, in both the modern world and his ancient culture. SBS reviewer Stephen A Russell says this should be mandatory viewing for all Australians.
Mabo – watch on YouTube. This docudrama is the story of Eddie Koiki Mabo who spearheaded the High Court challenge that overthrew the fiction of terra nullius.
Rabbit Proof Fence – watch on Stan. In 1931, three Aboriginal girls escape after being taken from their families to be trained as domestic staff, and set off on a journey across the Outback. Based on the true story.
A real history of Aboriginal Australians, the first agriculturalists.
Indigenous writer and anthologist Bruce Pascoe draws on first-hand accounts from colonial journals to dispel the myth that Aboriginal people were hunters and gatherers and "did nothing with the land that resembled agriculture". He demonstrates a radically different view of history.
Ask us anything: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Is it ever okay to ask how someone how Aboriginal they are? University of Sydney students and staff answer anonymously submitted questions to confront myths and stereotypes.