The National Carillon is being illuminated with a series of projections during National Reconciliation Week 2020 courtesy of the National Capital Authority.

Projections continue until Wednesday 3 June 2020 and will run from 6pm to 11pm each evening. On Canberra’s Reconciliation Day public holiday on Monday 1 June, the Reconciliation Day artwork by Lynnice Church will be featured alongside pledge ideas for the community.

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This map attempts to represent the language, social or nation groups of Aboriginal Australia. It shows only the general locations of larger groupings of people which may include clans, dialects or individual languages in a group. It used published resources from 1988-1994 and is not intended to be exact, nor the boundaries fixed. It is not suitable for native title or other land claims. David R Horton (creator), © AIATSIS, 1996. No reproduction without permission. To purchase a print version click here


If you would like to listen to some great music created and inspired by Indigenous Australians, follow this link to various playlists made available by ABC Indigenous on Spotify.

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The following is a list of books written by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors as a sample of the selection of stories available for all ages.

  • Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe
  • Hey Mum, What’s a Half-Caste? by Lorraine McGee-Sippel
  • Tiddas by Anita Heiss
  • My Place by Sally Morgan
  • Mununja the Butterfly by Don Bell
  • Blood on the Wattle by Bruce Elder
  • The Secret Country by John Pilger
  • Fair Skin Black Fella by Renee Fogorty
  • The Original Australians – Story of Aboriginal People by Josephine Flood
  • Little Book of Red Black and Yellow by Bruce Pascoe (AISTSIS)
  • The Cherry Pickers by Kevin Gilbert – a play
  • Black is the new White by Nakkiah Lui – a play
  • The Cherry Picker’s Daughter by Kerry Reed Gilbert – a memoir
  • If Everyone Cared by Margaret Tucker – an autobiography
  • Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia – edited by Anita Heiss with contributions from across Australia
  • In the best interest of the child (Link-Up NSW and Tikka Wilson)
  • Holding Up the Sky (Aboriginal Women Speak)
  • Bringing Them Home from the Human Rights & Equal Opportunities Commissions
  • Connecting Communities – The National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Children’s Services Directory (S.N.A.I.C.C)

Source: Curijo and the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs


The following selection of movies, short stories and documentaries have been created or inspired by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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Some of the below films are free to view through SBS On Demand:

  • Our Generation - Land/Culture/Freedom (Sinem Saban & Damien Curtis)
  • Samson and Delilah (Warwick Thorton)
  • Rabbit Proof Fence (Phillip Noyce)
  • Bringing Them Home (Human Rights & Equal Opportunities Commissions)
  • The Fringe Dwellers (Bruce Beresford)
  • First Australians (Rachel Perkins & Darren Dale)
  • Yolgnu Boy (Stephen Johnson)
  • Stolen Generations (Darlene Johnson)

Source: Curijo


Interested in visiting local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art galleries or museum exhibitions? Here is a list for you to check out.

Please be sure to follow the current physical distancing restrictions in the ACT at the time of visiting these venues.

National Museum of Australia
National Library of Australia
National Gallery of Australia
Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery
Canberra Museum & Gallery



The Making Peas/ce movement started with the recognition of the Desert Pea blood flower being a symbol of memorial for the First Peoples who died through the effects of colonisation of Australia. More recently known by the explorer name, "Sturt’s Desert Pea" this flower has song lines going back tens of thousands of years that belong to the First Peoples of where it grows across the arid interior of the continent.

Here is a video of the story by Arrernte woman Bev O'Callaghan called
The Legend of Sturt’s Desert Pea.

Floral activist Hazel Davies was introduced to Bev in 2019 after seven years of Making Peas/ce. They have now partnered together to help the little pea flower sing its song of truth and hope.


The National Apology to the Stolen Generations

Learn about the National Apology to the Stolen Generations delivered by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on 13 February 2008. Members of the Stolen Generations were invited to hear the National Apology first-hand in the gallery of the House of Representatives chamber at Parliament House.
Source: AIATSIS Explore

Connection to Country

Aimed at children in grades 3 to 4, this video is great for parents to watch at home to teach young children why is Country important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Two presenters in this video also discuss how are language, country and spirituality linked? Learn about the First Peoples of Australia and the strong connection they have to the land) and showing Indigenous artefacts at the National Museum of Australia.
Source: National Museum of Australia Classroom Resources

Moments in our History

On this 2019 episode of The Point, the team joins a panel of guests to explore truth telling in Australia with a focus on the key moments in our history since colonisation. Journalist Jack Latimore examines the impact that the Frontier Wars have had in preventing a treaty from being signed. Reporter Ella Archibald-Binge explores the little-known chapter of Australia's South Sea Islander history, 25 years after they were formally recognised by the Federal Government. Hosted by Rachael Hocking and John Paul Janke. Available on SBS on Demand
Source: The Point, NITV - SBS

Travelling Country

Episode 1 of the Australian Journey: The Story of a Nation in 12 Objects, a free web-based educational video series. This episode is about the different perceptions of the Australian landscape between Indigenous and European people, focusing on Burke and Wills. How they viewed the land, how Europeans renamed land that already had names, how Europeans claimed the Australian land which already had inhabitants, the different maps by the two peoples (both are artefacts at NMA), the different understanding of the landscape, flora and fauna and how to survive on and off the land.
Source: National Museum of Australia Classroom Resources

Stolen Generations

Episode 7 of the Australian Journey: The Story of a Nation in 12 Objects, a free web-based educational video series. This video explains what the stolen generation and forced removal of children is, the experience of a stolen generation child as a child and when they grew up, the history of what happened until Sorry Day, the laws that were used, banning of the language and other Aboriginal practices, the places and institutions where stolen generation children were taken.
Source: National Museum of Australia Classroom Resources

You Can’t Ask That

A Q&A video from the popular ABC series available on ABC iview. This interview series invites people to ask questions that you can’t often ask people in fear of judgement. The answers to these questions are from people in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
Source: ABC iview

Intergenerational Trauma Animation

This short video talks about how the trauma of the Stolen Generation is affecting the modern Indigenous Australian community through the cycle of trauma.
Source: The Healing Foundation on YouTube

The Uluru Statement From The Heart – an idea whose time has come

This TEDxCanberra talk published in 2018 features Dean Parkin, one of the participants in writing the Uluru Statement. Dean introduces the context of the Statement and reads it out and pausing to explain the different parts. The talk finishes with Dean suggesting things the Australian community can do to support the Statement. Dean also goes on to talk about Makarrata and why it is important to the Aboriginal community.

Ask us anything: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

This video was made by The University of Sydney interviewing its Indigenous staff and students to confront myths and stereotypes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Source: The University of Sydney


Truth Telling Symposium report

Report from the symposium on truth telling held in 2018.
Source: Reconciliation Australia

Truth-telling Central to Reconciliation Process

News article about truth telling in lead up to 2018 National Reconciliation Week
Source: Reconciliation Australia

Makarrata: The Aboriginal healing process we should all know about

An article written by Victoria Grieve-Williams is a Warraimaay historian and Adjunct Professor, Indigenous Research, RMIT University explaining Makarrata and how in Aboriginal culture that healing after a conflict can only begin with a process of truth telling.
Source: SBS – Voices, Culture