Why should I learn about the area where I live?
All Australians, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, are geographically connected by the land we live on. Understanding the cultural significance of the land you live on and the history that’s occurred there is one of the first steps you can take to end the disconnect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and contribute to a better shared future. The ‘Where Do I Live?’ resources are designed to help you do this, bringing together information about the Indigenous custodians, culture, language and history of the local area where you live.
How can this knowledge make a difference?
You might be wondering how learning about the Indigenous custodians, culture, language and history of your local area can really make a difference in our nation. Taking the time to learn this information, incorporate this understanding into the way you think about your locality and even sharing this knowledge with friends, family and colleagues can help to:
- Generate pride in Indigenous history and culture
- Validate the history, stories, culture and experiences of Indigenous Australians in your local area
- Demonstrate that you value Indigenous people and culture
- Acknowledge the ongoing connection to Country for many Indigenous Australians in your local area
- Generate empathy over what’s happened to Indigenous Australians where you live
- Generate a deeper level of understanding and belonging to the land for all Australians
We believe this learning is a vital part of ending the disconnect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Australia and moving towards a better future together.
Want to learn about the Indigenous custodians, culture, language and history of the local area where you live? Download our free 'Where Do I Live?' resources to get started:
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The information in the ‘Where Do I Live?’ resources has been collated from publicly available online and published sources. Where available, we’ve sourced this content directly from materials published by members of the relevant Indigenous people group. We’ve provided references where possible, however, we recognise the information contained in the ‘Where Do I Live?’ resources may be contested and it doesn’t claim to be definitive.
For further information about Indigenous language groups, including specific land boundaries or cultural information, we recommend contacting your local Registered Aboriginal Party, visiting a local cultural centre or contacting your local council or state/territory department of Aboriginal affairs.
We warmly invite feedback on our the ‘Where Do I Live?’ resources. If you’d like to contribute additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact our team firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to know more?
Watch Sharing Our Story to learn more about our shared history and the events that have led to the present situation in Australia.