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From 27 May to 3 June each year, we celebrate National Reconciliation Week, which 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. In this week’s newsletter, we will share some stories and information that we hope will help us take one step closer to a unified future.

In this issue:
Reconciliation Week at UniSA
What reconciliation means to UniSA students
Learn how to make a damper
Test your knowledge and win some AIME hoodies!
Barbeque area or BabaKiueria?
Myth busters
How to: eucalyptus cleanse
Ways to connect this Reconciliation Week
In this together - National Reconciliation Week 2020 - 27 May-3 June - UniSA USASA
Reconciliation Week at UniSA
This year’s National Reconciliation Week theme is “In this together” – we all have a role to play and only by working together can we achieve reconciliation.

Join us in celebrating National Reconciliation Week by tuning in and participating in our online events and activities, as you learn more about Aboriginal histories and cultures.

Participate in a damper making demonstration, learn about bush tucker and what they can be used for, and hear Professor David Lloyd and Professor Irene Watson answer your questions about Reconciliation Week.
What reconciliation means to UniSA students
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“Putting down all the upsets in the past, and see the bright side of the future and to remember that time will finally give us peace, love and happiness.”
Liangchen Sun – Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)
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"The act of reconciling is a great and humbling power we possess as an individual. If we participate in reconciliation as a community, we can establish fair and equal relations with our fellow people. I believe reconciliation starts with listening and should be premised upon achieving equality through mutual understanding and compassion."
Sabrina Sterk – Bachelor of Architectural Studies
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“Reconciliation Week is crucial to further developing an understanding of Indigenous culture. I believe understanding and appreciating Indigenous culture and its history is crucial to building a functioning Australian society where actions are taken on core values of equality, love and kindness.”
Oscar Anthoney – Bachelor of Creative Industries
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“Rekindling a past relationship for either a personal or professional reason. It means getting in touch with someone from the past because we have remembered the good times that we have shared with them.”
Jasmine Mikhail – Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
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“The meaning of reconciliation for me has evolved over the years, underpinned by a deeper tolerance and understanding of the complexities of communities, how they are all interlinked and engaged into modern culture and society.”
Andrew Neagle – Bachelor of Creative Industries
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Learn how to make a damper
For thousands of years, Aboriginal people would use the seeds from various native plants to make damper. Using mainly the seed from wattles, Aboriginal people would pick and ground the seed into flour, which they would turn into damper. The dough was then baked in hot coals and contained protein and carbohydrates, and formed part of a balanced diet.

Join Errol in a live damper making demonstration, and try making one yourself from the comfort of your own home. A limited number of damper mix and wattle seed pack will be provided for free.
Test your knowledge and win some AIME hoodies!
Do you know what the red in the Australian Aboriginal Flag represents? How about which bush tucker foods are safe and edible? And the significance of Mabo Day for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?

Test your knowledge in our Reconciliation Week quiz and get the chance to win some AIME hoodies. Simply click on the link below and enter the code 19504.
Barbeque area or BabaKiueria?
BabaKiueria (a.k.a. Barbeque Area) is a humorous and funny way of understanding the journey of colonisation in Australia from a completely new perspective. Join Haydyn and Deanne as they flip the script on the age-old story of Australia. Understand this journey from an Aboriginal Australian perspective and put your sub-conscious bias to the test. How will you go?

Come along on Thursday 28 May at 2.00 pm and find out!
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Myth busters
One of the best ways to be an effective ally to Aboriginal people is to challenge the reductive stereotypes about them. Two UniSA students, Tabitha and Leanne, have busted five myths about Aboriginal people:

Myth #1: “You can’t be Aboriginal if you have fair skin”
Myth #2: “Aboriginal people get special treatment, heaps of financial benefits, and free cars”
Myth #3: “All Aboriginal people drink alcohol”
Myth #4: “Aboriginal people were lucky that the British colonised Australia”
Myth #5: “Captain Cook discovered Australia”

*Feature image via Indigemoji
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How to: eucalyptus cleanse
Many Aboriginal people collect and smoulder native plants, including eucalyptus leaves, to cleanse their spirits. Eucalyptus rejuvenates your spirit, can aide your respiratory system and cleanses us by removing bad energy and spirits.

Tabitha, a UniSA student, has generously shared the practice of making eucalyptus cleansing bundles with the permission of her auntie/leempeen.
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Ways to connect this Reconciliation Week
Want to get into the mood for Reconciliation Week without even leaving your lounge room? Here are some recommendations of things you can watch, listen to or participate in, compiled by UniSA student Dylan:

1. Download these Spotify playlists and enjoy music by talented and brilliant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
2. Learn to count to ten in Kaurna language with the Kaurna Warra Pintyanthi.
3. Head to ABCiview to watch series 4 of the witty, wacky and sometimes acerbic but always entertaining, Black Comedy.
4. Register to do an online weaving workshop with Tjanpi Weavers or download their step-by-step instructions on how to weave a basket.
Check out some deadly Aboriginal people making hilarious TikToks exploring contemporary Aboriginality: @yaaboiitoshii @sari_ella_thaiday @alwyndoolan

*Feature image by Tjanpi Desert Weavers
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