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Listen, Learn, Advocate

Listen, Learn, Advocate

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...

  • Posted 04 June, 2020


Shallow in the Deep End still a Tiwi Favourite!

Shallow in the Deep End still a Tiwi Favourite!

Shallow In the Deep End was written and illustrated by Tiwi College Senior girls, with ILF ambassador Jared Thomas and published by Scholastic Australia through the ILF Create Initiative. The story is about the friendship and adventures of Shallow the baby water buffalo and Bruno the dog – and still a classroom favourite on Tiwi. Recently, we heard from Tammy Abala and Shane Tippa from Tiwi College with a story of how Shallow in the Deep End is still enjoyed by students! “Last week, we were locked out of our room, so I knew our routine for reading group would be disrupted,” explained...

  • Posted 02 June, 2020


What role do you play in Reconciliation?

What role do you play in Reconciliation?

National Reconciliation Week NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements.  To celebrate this year's theme In This Together", our Indigenous Program team have collated a list of resources to inform and inspire a greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, language and culture, challenges and opportunities.   You may have heard of Adam Goodes, the Indigenous AFL player who was twice awarded the Brownlow medal, but have you seen the documentary, The Australian Dream that shares his story? Have you ever read to your children, grandchildren, nephews or nieces one of the many delightful and engaging children's...

  • Posted 26 May, 2020


Books making life easier for families in a FNQ Hostel

Books making life easier for families in a FNQ Hostel

Imagine being sick, having to travel long distances to a town you’re unfamiliar with — and then spending several months living away from home in order to receive ongoing medical treatment. This can be the reality for many families from remote communities. But at a hostel in Far North Queensland, books are making a real difference. And it’s not just the kids who are benefiting, but also their parents and families. Mookai Rosie Bi-Yan in Cairns provides accommodation for children and adults from Cape York and Torres Strait Islands communities who have come for medical check-ups or treatment. Some stay...

  • Posted 22 May, 2020


Welcome Dr Marnie O'Bryan

Welcome Dr Marnie O'Bryan

Dr Marnie O'Bryan, third from right.   Dr Marnie O'Bryan has been appointed as the new Chair of the ILF, replacing Patricia Genat who has served in the role for six years. During her tenure, Patricia has been a remarkable leader and has overseen strong growth of its program and fiscal development at the Foundation. This year, the Foundation will gift nearly 100,000 books to close to 400 communities and will publish its 100th book in six languages). A message from Marnie: In 2019 I joined the Indigenous Literacy Foundation Board, and in May participated in a field trip to the Tiwi...

  • Posted 14 May, 2020