Aboriginal People Reflective Essay

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I respectfully acknowledge the Elders and custodians of the Yuin nation, past and present, their descendants and kin of the land where I am living, studying and working.
This is a warning that this journal may contain images, voices and names of deceased Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island people.

Whilst attending school with two Aboriginal students in my class, I was never exposed to people stereotyping Aboriginal people. I lived in an inland rural area of New South Wales, and after finishing school I moved to Kununurra, a northern remote area in Western Australia. This was a place where my knowledge and understanding of the Aboriginal people their culture, history and identity was largely developed. I was exposed to so many dimensions of the different ways they lived, whether it was traditionally in remote communities or within the township. This exposure tested and challenged my thoughts, it lead me to further question some of the reasons why the Aboriginal people had vastly different ways of living. During the 3 years I lived in Kununurra I gained much repect for their culture and
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“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures have adapted dramatically to accommodate all that has been introduced into Australia since 1788” as stated by Reconciliation Australia (http://www.shareourpride.org.au/). If people are educated on the journey that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have encountered throughout their lives, an understanding of the importance of culture and identity to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people would establish. Stereotypical behaviour often occurs from lack of education or knowledge of a culture, and has the ability to change by educating people on the facts, and importance to accept and respect others, and “treat everyone as an individual” (Reconciliation Australia,

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