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History Year 5: National Reconciliation Week

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National Reconciliation Week 2023


What is Reconciliation?

What is Reconciliation?

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Danzal Baker - Baker Boy

Born in Darwin and raised in the remote NT communities Milingimbi and Maningrida, Danzal Baker, known professionally as Baker Boy, is an Australian rapper, dancer, artist, and actor. A dynamic performer, Baker Boy is best known for his original hip-hop songs incorporating both English and Yolŋgu Matha. In January, Danzal was named Young Australian of the Year 2019.

Click on Reconciliation News to read the interview with Baker Boy.

Danzal Baker - Baker Boy


As the 2019 Young Australian of the Year, Danzal Baker/ Baker Boy, focuses his talents as a poet, rap artist, and role model to showcase his Indigenous culture for young Australians, and encourage them to embrace their culture and keep on track so they can become the next leaders.

“. . . My music shows two worlds coming together . . . everyone loves music, everyone listens to music . . . not just hip-hop. . . all different genres of music. When you listen to it, you just get that feeling . . . I rap in English and in Yolngu Maltha, my language . . . to show my side of the story . . . I want to inspire the next generation to keep pushing and keep trying . . . It's important that, no matter the struggles and the pressure society puts on you, stay strong, healthy and positive, you will get through. Every single one of us matters, our stories, our voices matter. With love and respect, we have the power to shape the future." 

National Reconciliation Week 2022 - Be Brave. Make Change.




Magabala Image of Shirley Courtesy Warmun Art Centre

Shirley Purdie is a famous Australian artist who lives in Warmun community, in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia. This is her first children’s picture book.

When asked about what it means to share her story with children, Shirley said “Good to put it in painting, your Country, so kids can know and understand. When the old people die, young people can read the stories from the paintings. They can learn from the paintings and maybe they want to start painting too.”

In her book, Shirley Purdie: Ngaginybe Jarragbe My Story, Shirley tells us about her life growing up on Mabel Downs station, and about her Gija Culture, Country and Dreaming. She explains why her Dreaming is Echidna Dreaming and she teaches us about bush fruit and hunting. She also tells us about her working life, as a maid working in the homestead on Mabel Downs station, and later in life as an artist, and how her mum taught her how to paint her Country. Shirley is well-known for painting with richly textured ochre and charcoal.

You can see more of her artwork at






[Images “Courtesy of the artist and Magabala Books”]

My People Die Young in this Country - Stan Grant Speech 2015

Apology to Australia's Indigenous People's - Kevin Rudd 2008

The Redfern Speech - Paul Keating 1993

The 1967 Referendum

Indigenous Australian Land Rights - BTN

Reconciliation Australia - Reconciliation Action Plan

Linda Burney reflects on 20 Years of Reconciliation and what still needs to be done.

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Australian of The Year 2020: Archie Roach, songwriter and Indigenous Campaigner

Archie Roach looks back on a remarkable life.

Took The Children Away by Archie Roach Illustrated by Ruby Hunter.

Sorry Day by Coral Vass & Illustrated by Dub Leffler

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu

Gurrumul Yunupingu 1971 – 2017

Gurrumul was raised on Elcho Island, off the coast of North East Arnhem Land, as a member of the Gumatj clan. Born blind, his powerfully emotive yet fragile voice has affected the public unlike any other Australian artist. His songs covered themes of identity, spirit, connection with the land and its elements across multiple Yolngu languages as well as English. The depth of his music, his stage presence, combined with his captivating high tenor voice incited emotion, compassion and a feeling of peacefulness within Australian and international audiences alike.

Of course Gurrumul played guitar, not just any old way he played it, he played a right handed guitar but he was left handed so he simply turned it upside down and proceeded to learn how to play it completely by ear.

Click on the link below to take you to the Gurumul Yunupingu Foundation.

Gurrumul Yunupingu Foundation. (n.d.). Gurrumul Yunupingu Foundation. Retrieved May 26, 2023 from

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