National Reconciliation Week 2019 and Kanopy

National Reconciliation Week 2019 (NRW2019) is just around the corner. So, what are you planning to do during NRW2019 at your library?

State Library of Queensland (State Library) provides access to the on-demand streaming service Kanopy through all public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres (IKC) throughout Queensland, as well as through State Library membership.

Libraries are permitted to screen videos to authorised viewers in a group (as long as there are no admission costs), so why not hold a Reconciliation Week a film night at your library?

State Library ’s Indigenous Services team recently conducted a survey asking IKC staff, as well as some State Library staff, which films they would recommend for a National Reconciliation Australia movie night.

Ten Canoes

The number one movie from the survey was Ten Canoes.

Ten Canoes is a parable of forbidden love from Australia’s mythical past, narrated by Australian icon David Gulpilil and starring his son Jamie as the covetous youth Dayindi. It is a ground-breaking glimpse into Aboriginal life centuries before European settlement. Shot in and around the Arafura Wetlands of Central Arnhem Land, Rolf de Heer and the People of Ramingining have created a pioneering and timeless tale for all people and all cultures.

Ten Canoes is a wonderful film… funny and filmed entirely in Yolngu Matha ” Josh Kitchens, Program Officer.

The number one documentary was The Apology To The Stolen Generations Of Australia.

The apology in Federal Parliament to the Stolen Generations of Australia, by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was a defining moment in the nation’s history. Crowds gathered across the country to mark the occasion with tears, cheers and emotional displays of relief, happiness and in some cases, anger. Presented by Tony Jones (Lateline) and Miriam Corowa (Message Stick) this video includes complete coverage of the speeches and proceedings with expert analysis and reaction from members of Australia’s Stolen Generation.

“These videos capture important messages about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, their stories, their lives and their histories.” … Des Crump, Coordinator, Indigenous Languages

Both titles reflect this year’s NRW 2019 theme which is “Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage”. At the heart of reconciliation is the relationship between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. To foster positive race relations, our relationship must be grounded in a foundation of truth.

The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 Referendum; and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

NRW is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

You can use NRW 2019 as a way of bringing Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members together. Invite Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Elders or leaders from your local community to choose a film from the Kanopy Australian Indigenous Studies catalogue for a public performance at your library, and ask them to introduce the film and talk about why they chose it.

Other ‘Hints and Tips’ for planning an NRW 2019/Kanopy film night includes:
• Choosing an appropriate night
• Checking your equipment such as the data projector or television etc.
• Providing some food by engaging a local catering business to provide supper or refreshments
• Engaging local support by partnering with Elder/s, Traditional Owner/s and/or Community Leader/s to be a facilitator (e.g. introduce the film or run a panel discussion etc.)

About the author

Nathan Williams works as Program Officer with Indigenous Services, State Library of Queensland.