Australia Day and Aboriginal Culture with Shain Stephens

Every year, on the 26th of January we celebrate Australia Day with BBQ’s, beaches and of course, the Triple J Hottest 100. Being a White Australian growing up, this was the day Australia was born.

So what is Invasion Day? Shouldn’t we be proud of the country we live in now? How does what happened 200 years ago effect us in 2020? Shouldn’t we all celebrate Australia together?

These are honestly the questions I asked myself when I first heard of “Invasion Day”. And because of this, one thing that I knew, was that I didn’t understand the meaning of Australia Day to Indigenous people.

This podcast was my chance to speak with my friend, Shain Stephens, who is from the Iwaidja people. Shain grew up with his people in the Northern Territory and in this interview, shares with us insights into ‘What Australia Day means to Aboriginal people’.

If you are like me, a White Australian brought up in European Australian culture, I highly recommend.

Show notes and resources:

  • NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

    https://www.naidoc.org.au/
  • National Indigenous Television (NITV) is a channel made by, for and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Through us, you will discover a channel for all Australians.

    NITV informs, educates and entertains its Indigenous and non-Indigenous audiences about the issues that matter the most to Indigenous Australians.  NITV provides a rich diversity of cultures, languages and talent.

    https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/
  • Shain Stephens is the owner of both F45 Training Victoria Park and East Perth studios.

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