Indigenous leadership and knowledge talk - 'Telling it like it is'


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Presenter:  Ms Penny Taylor and Ms Kellie Pollard

Date: Oct 06, 2016

Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Contact person:  Melissa Royle
T: 0477 726 235
E: melissa.royle@cdu.edu.au

Location:  Blue 3 Building ACIKE Precinct, CDU Casuarina Campus

Target audience:  This event is open to the public. RSVP is required. E: rsvp.opvcil@cdu.edu.au

About the event

A presentation on the recent findings of major research project: 'Telling it like it is: Aboriginal Perspectives on Race and Race Relations in Darwin'. The event will offer an opportunity to share your viewpoint on how non-Aboriginal people can address the concerns raised in the findings, and what can be done to improve the relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Darwin.
This three-year study engaged with over 500 Aboriginal people in Darwin, asking for their views on white Australian people and culture, and how they saw their place within Darwin and Australia more generally.
The aim was to provide an evidence base for attitudinal change, to develop new strategies for racial harmony, and to improve the way services are provided to Aboriginal people.
This is the first major research project to reveal what Aboriginal think about these topics, and as one respondent put it, “You always hear white Australians, but you never hear what the Indigenous have got to say because we’re not running the headlines.”
‘Telling it like it is’ addresses this ignorance by turning the lens and providing an opportunity for a wide diversity of Aboriginal people to state their views on mainstream Australian society, what it means to be Aboriginal in Darwin today and how they experience the relationship with non-Aboriginal people.
This study using Facebook, in-depth interviews and surveys, was undertaken in partnership with leading academics from the University of Tasmania and the University of Sydney, and funded by Larrakia Nation, the Law Society Public Purposes Trust and a prestigious Australian Research Council Grant.
The study team included Penny Taylor (Larrakia Nation), Associate Professor Daphne Habibis and Professor Maggie Walter (University of Tasmania),  Associate Professor Catriona Elder (University of Sydney) and and a fieldwork team that included Alex di Giogio (University of Tasmania) and Aboriginal researchers, including Joel McLennan and Kellie Pollard.