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Diversify your Bookshelf

Diversify your Bookshelf

March 25, 2024

I recently participated in a Yarn and Learn webinar through Riley Callie Resources with Jade Goodwin, Elise Ellerman (Reading Opens Doors) to discuss diversity and First Nations representation in books. A topic I feel strongly about. I grew up in... More

The many jobs of author Carl Merrison

The many jobs of author Carl Merrison

Carl Merrison is an award-winning Jaru/Gija childrens, middle reader and YA author from Halls Creek in the Kimberley WA. But did you know he has worked in many different roles across his life?┬áLet’s find out more! Hi you mob, what... More

Wave Hill Station Walk Off

Wave Hill Station Walk Off

Growing up in the East Kimberley, with family links to Vincent Lingiari, the Wave Hill Walk Off is not only of national importance, but personal importance. This week we celebrate the anniversary of the Wave Hill Walk Off which started... More

International Day of Indigenous Peoples

International Day of Indigenous Peoples

This week people around the world celebrate the International Day of Indigenous Peoples on 9th August. This includes celebrating and acknowledging our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander First Nations peoples. This day, first celebrated in 1994 when announced by the... More

Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum

Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum

On 27 May 1967, Australians voted ‘yes’ change the Constitution so that, like all other Australians, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples would be counted as part of the population and the Commonwealth would be able to make laws ‘for’... More

National Sorry Day

National Sorry Day

We take the time on this post to acknowledge and commemorate the upcoming National Sorry Day on 26th May each year. This is a day to remember the removal of Aboriginal children from their families and communities. A chance to... More

Finding funds for author visits

Finding funds for author visits

May 13, 2023

We so know and understand the financial restrictions that many Australian schools face. Carl is an Aboriginal Education Officer and Hakea is a teacher- so both have been penny pinching for programs in the past. We believe that author visits... More

National Close The Gap Day

National Close The Gap Day

Australians can show their support for closing the gaps between First Nations health outcomes and those Australians not of First Nations descent each year on National Close the Gap Day on the third Thursday in March. By celebrating and supporting... More

Ochre Ribbon Week

Ochre Ribbon Week

February 10, 2023

This week we commemorate Ochre Ribbon Week. Did you know Australian First Nations cultures are the oldest continuous cultures in the world? That there are many First Nations role models and leaders showcasing our intergenerational strength and resilience? But there... More

First Nations AFL books in 2023

First Nations AFL books in 2023

We are so pumped that 2023 AFL season is about to start for 2023 (kick off in March!!) I (Carl) am a HUGE footy fan. I have always played since a kid kicking around on red dirt ovals, playing at... More