Indigenous Literacy Day was celebrated and acknowledged in Victoria with a number of events. Our main ILD launch was held at Wesley College where students sang, bands performed and we listened to Aunty Joy Murphy and ILF Ambassadors, Kaz Cooke and Felix Riebl speak about how stories have shaped who they are today. A giant cheque for $1000 was presented to the ILF – a result of money raised through a Great Book Swap and Book Fair in the library.
The Victorian Premier’s Award for Indigenous Writing was presented at the Bunjalika Centre at the Melbourne Museum and we were thrilled for ILF Ambassador Anita Heiss who was the recipient of that award. Kaz Cooke spoke about the work of the ILF and Archie Roach sang songs from Butcher Paper Texta Black Board and Chalk – a Songbook for children written by both Archie and the late Ruby Hunter.
“This year our pre-school and early years students have taken part in another awesome reading program and this is thanks to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. The books that we have received are used for our Shared Reading and Reading Together programs.”