Remembering Indigenous Servicemen and Women

This NAIDOC week’s theme is Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond.  If you are fortunate enough to live in Canberra (or can travel there), you can visit the Australian War Memorial and learn from Aboriginal Veteran Gary Oakley.  We had Gary come out and speak to our school assembly and he was an engaging and powerful speaker.  Both staff and students got a lot out of the presentation, and his relaxed style makes students feel comfortable.

Gary also has materials he can share such as war poetry by Indigenous servicemen.  Highly recommend you investigate for English/History units:

http://www.awm.gov.au/education/schools/resources/anzac-diversity/?ancestry=7587

1994. Australian War Memorial Educational Series. “Too dark for the light horse : Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people in the defence forces” / compiled by Judy Crabb, researched and written by Judy Crabb, Trevor Geary, Suzy Nunes and Gary Oakley, edited by Madeleine Chaleyer.

gary.oakley@awm.gov.au

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