In cities and towns, we have the privilege of having libraries and bookstores to read different types of books whenever we need.
But for kids growing up in remote areas, there is often a lack of books. And for the books that do exist, they often do not reflect the lives and cultures of First Nations peoples.
This year's Indigenous Literacy Day takes you on a virtual journey to three remote Indigenous Communities to celebrate the launch of three books in three different languages; Shordi Krik in Barunga, Northern Territory, Country Tells Us When… in Rubibi (Broome), Western Australia, and We Look, We Find in Weipa on the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland.
But what are these books about? And why are they important?
“We were so appreciative of the books that were sent to us. Some of the adult fiction books were left over so we put them in the waiting room bookshelf. They are slowly disappearing over time, which means our families are taking them home to read!”
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) acknowledges First Nations peoples and recognises their continuous connection to Country, community and culture. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and honour the sharing of traditional stories passed down through generations. In particular, ILF acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which our head office is based in Sydney.
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation further recognises the important role that language and storytelling have for culture and community, and the responsibilities that come with our work in these areas. If you notice any information you believe is inaccurate, please don't hesitate to contact us.
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation works as an initiative of the Australian Book Industry with the
Indigenous Literacy Foundation is registered with the ACNC and is a Public Benevolent Institution with DGR1 and TCC status.