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Country is central to everything Aboriginal; it is a continuum, without beginning or ending. In this worldview, everything is living – people, animals, plants, rocks, earth, water, stars, air and all else. There is no division between animate and inanimate.

Margo Neale, Head of National Museum of Australia’s Indigenous Knowledges Curatorial Centre.

I grew up in an average Australian home with an average education. It wasn’t until far too many years later I learned my education and society had failed me by suggesting that Australia Day is a day of patriotism, a day of celebration.

For more than a decade I’ve been an Ally to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Like many big lessons in life, I don’t always get my allyship right. But when I stumble and make a mistake, I know that I’ll know better next time; and that my values are without question even if sometimes I get the action wrong.

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Colournary Magazine celebrates and amplifies the voices of First Nations, Black and People of Colour through the lens of food and culture. The theme of Issue Two is ‘water’. Water flows through us and consumes us just as we consume it. It binds us together through oceans and waterways, allows us to migrate over it, nourishes us with food and drink, poses a threat with climate change, overfishing and drilling and fights against us with natural disasters. Issue 1 sold out and Issue 2 is now available for pre-order (publish date: end January 2022). Pre-order here and support First Nations, Black and PoC chefs, writers, illustrators, designers, printers and photographers.

Warndu Mai (good food) is an excellent resource for learning how to introduce native Australian ingredients to your kitchen. This is not a vegan cook book, rather a culinary exploration and compendium of native Australian foods. Use it as a guide to introduce new, and often overlooked but very worthy ingredients to your cooking. Shop the book and native Australian ingredients range here.

Perhaps you might like to make some vegan Davidson Plum vegan meringues?

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Tarisse King is a contemporary artist with ancestry from Mudburra, Garrwa, Jingili, Waanyi and Gurindji tribes. Her artistic storytelling extends across paintings, sculptures, jewellery, and Traditional Place Name welcome mats. Educate and welcome every visitor to your front door by ordering one of Tarisse’s Welcome Mats here.

Last year I bought a beautiful selection of Aboriginal fabrics from the Aboriginal Fabric Gallery. The fabrics are absolutely stunning and initially I was reluctant to cut them as they were so pretty. I am using this current supply to make vegan-friendly food wraps and covers for preserve jars that are gifted.

Fabric designs from the Aboriginal Fabric Gallery: Mens’ Ceremony Red, Heart of My People, Bambillah, Womens’ Corroboree, Bush Tucker Blue, Bush Fruit Dreaming, On Walkabout Brown, and On Walkabout Blue (not stacked in order).

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If you’re in Naarm/ Melbourne, join me for this Indigenous Basket Weaving Workshop at Fed Square hosted by Emma Stenhouse – Indigenous Artisan, Ngarrindjeri Woman, Weaver, Printmaker, Designer and Sewist. Book the workshop here.

Gomeroi woman, Rachael McPhail launched a successful campaign for Australia Post to recognise Traditional Place Names in addresses. Thanks to her initiative and persistence, this has now become a reality. Find out who’s Country you’re on and update your postal address to include it in the address line, beneath your name to meet Australia Post guidelines.

Crank up the volume with The Sound of Australian Indigenous playlist by Spotify or Blak Australia curated by Emily McNicol.

For millennia, Indigenous Australians harvested this continent in ways that can offer contemporary environmental and economic solutions. After the devastating fire events of recent years, it’s clear we can’t continue to ravage the land we live on in such unsustainable ways. Rather, we can learn from the expertise and ingenuity of Indigenous Australians and their agricultural and land-care techniques. Country: Future Fire, Future Farming is next up on my to-be-read pile. Buy the book or borrow it from your library.

‘Am I Black Enough for You?’ is the first book I read by Anita Heiss. This book is part memoir. However, it importantly speaks to Anita’s role in one of the most important and sensational legal decisions in Australia’s history. Anita was joined by others in charging a newspaper columnist with breaching the Racial Discrimination Act. He was found guilty. The 10th Anniversary Edition of ‘Am I Black Enough for You?’ by proud, high-achieving Wiradyuri woman, Dr Anita Heiss is now available to pre-order. It comes with my highest recommendation.

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The Australian National University has put together an Instagram Post on ways you can be an ally on 26 January and beyond. It follows the 2022 NAIDOC Week theme: Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! Check it out here

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