Everyone at the Indigenous Literacy Foundation has been appalled by the death of George Floyd and the ongoing and escalating militant response to many peaceful protests in the United States. So too, this week’s treatment of a young Indigenous teenager here in Australia, illustrates that our First Nations people also continue to face systemic challenges.
Over the last week, we have witnessed a growing community on social media acknowledge the injustice and racism on our own shores. There is a growing awareness and desire to support organisations that are working to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation’s core values focus on respect and empowerment. We believe everyone deserves justice and to be treated with dignity – they are human rights. At this difficult time, it is vital that we stand with our First Nations’ peoples. Our guiding principles have always been to listen and learn.
At the Foundation, our mission is to open doors to choices and opportunities for Indigenous children and families through the power of reading.
We will continue to gift books and learning resources to support children, parents, teachers, carers and communities in their literacy journeys.
We will continue to engage with communities and assist them to protect and preserve their languages, and empower them to write and publish their own stories.
We can all help change the narrative, by actively engaging in education in Indigenous issues and lived experiences, by listening to Indigenous voices, and by advocating for Indigenous rights and causes.