Dear friends and family,
My birthday falls every year on National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day (4 August).
This year for my 30th, I would like to invite you to watch a film with me, In My Blood It Runs and donate the ticket cost to Children’s Ground.
I care deeply about equity and wellbeing for young people in schools and I believe in the vision of Children’s Ground to create a First Nations led education system. Read more about their vision below.
While COVID-19 restrictions are keeping us physically separate at this time, it also gives us a valuable opportunity to watch meaningful films, learn together and start conversations that can lead to a better future.
There are three easy steps to join me in support:
STEP ONE: Make a donation on this page ($20+ per person – same cost as an average movie ticket!). All donations go to Children’s Ground.
STEP TWO: Go to ABC iview any time before 7.30pm August 4 and watch, In My Blood It Runs by clicking here.
STEP THREE: Join me in a Zoom call at 7.30pm on August 4. You can drop in to say hi or stay longer for a chat about the film and to catch up. We’ll be starting with an Acknowledgement of Country and I’ll be sitting around the fire in the backyard on Wurundjeri Country. Join the Zoom call at 7.30pm on August 4 by clicking on this link here.
Children’s Ground vision: A world where all children and families live with dignity and are free from economic poverty and inequity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families realise their aspirations for the next generation of children to have agency over their social, cultural, political and economic future; to be free from trauma and suffering, enjoy equity and safety, and grow into adulthood feeling happy and able to enjoy their identity, health and wellbeing. An Australia that celebrates First Nations peoples, culture and future. Find out more about their work by clicking here.
Synopsis of In My Blood It Runs: In My Blood It Runs follows the life of ten year-old Arrernte/Garrwa boy Dujuan and his family. The film charts the challenges Dujuan faces as he meets the overt and concealed prejudices still perpetuated against First Nations people in Australia today: in school, at home and on the streets of Alice Springs. In My Blood It Runs reveals the ways marginalised First Nations communities negotiate the colonial culture and keep their identities and cultures alive through self-determination, the revitalisation of languages and cultural practices. Ten-year-old Dujuan is a child healer, a good hunter and speaks three languages. Yet Dujuan is ‘failing’ in school and facing increasing scrutiny from the police. As he travels perilously close to juvenile detention, his family fight to give him a strong Arrernte education alongside his western education. We walk with him as he grapples with these pressures, shares his truths and somewhere in-between finds space to dream, imagine and hope for his future self. See the film website by clicking here.
I also recommend engaging this great resource prepared by Children’s Ground to learn more about Dujuan’s story, the history and present context of systemic racism and prejudice in Australia, and the many ways you can act to support the voices and rights of First Nations people now. Access it by clicking here.
Find more info on National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day (4 August) by clicking here.
Thanks for your support family and friends and hope to see you on August 4!