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The IndigenousX is currently hosted by Digi Youth Art's Artistic Director Alethea Beetson
Mar 21 6 tweets 2 min read
After a big day of teaching on gorgeous Darug nura I head back to my semi-regional home up on Awabakal country ❤️ it takes a lot out of me facilitating back to back classes, an important part of countering burn out as an academic working in this space is intentional downtime 💪🏽 For me this means a walk by the water, time out listening to bird kin singing, and spending time reading & listening to mob creators. Our cultures are alive & living, music is one manifestation of this

There’s a ‘Blak Australia’ playlist on Spotify 🎶…
Mar 21 8 tweets 2 min read
While we engage with deep, complex matters in the courses I teach (as these students are in their 3rd & final years of their degrees) I also find myself highlighting & repeating the same points literally hundreds of times a year. I’ll share some of them below. Always capitalise the A in Aboriginal and the I in Indigenous. This is such a common error I see, and its not a difficult practise to alter.
Pluralise terms such as culture/s, history/ies, language/s etc.
Mar 20 6 tweets 2 min read
As an education academic I primarily work to support those studying to become school teachers. I’m very passionate about education & the right we each have to safe & appropriate learning environments. I’m first in family to graduate high school, & also to enter university I grew up in a complex environment, my parents struggled with addiction, Dad was in lock up, we were criminalised, poor & neither my parents nor grandparents had access to solid education themselves. My first book shares some of this storying & is out November via @UQPbooks
Mar 20 5 tweets 2 min read
Yaama Yaama and good morning Twitter fam 👋🏽 my name is Amy Thunig, I’m a Gomeroi/Kamilaroi person living on unceded Awabakal lands & working as an education academic on unceded Darug lands & I am your host today 🎉

Whose land are YOU on today? First Nations peoples of so-called-Australia are not one homogenous group. We are many different & distinct groups, each with our own culture, customs, language and laws. Together we are the world’s oldest surviving cultures.…
Mar 19 4 tweets 1 min read
Tonight as we all settle back and relax at the end of a long Saturday, I want us to remember that not everyone has a safe place to lay down tonight, has a feed and are separated by distance and circumstance from their mob. Everyone in Australia right now is feeling the pinch in their pocket, but for our mob this is an all too common and ever pressing reality.
Mar 19 5 tweets 1 min read

Our people were massacred on these lands. Women and children were slaughtered. It was a genocide. Our nation's Blak History. Thread /🧵 But the colonial project has not ended. This week we learned that attempted Aboriginal massacres took place as recently as 1981.
Mar 19 7 tweets 1 min read
Let’s talk caring for Country.

On the same day that I got sworn into Parliament, a Senate inquiry handed down its report into Rio Tinto’s destruction at Juukan. The report has exposes the way stolen land continues in the battle ground on the forefront of the fight for minerals and resources in this country.
Mar 19 4 tweets 1 min read

Let’s talk Blak deaths in custody. 500+ deaths, and not a single conviction. - Thread/🧵 I’m a Blak woman & former police officer, I’ve been on the inside of the machinery & there is no quick fix, but it doesn’t take nearly 40 years to implement the recommendations that will stop our people from dying in custody & for there to continue to be no one held responsible!
Mar 19 4 tweets 1 min read
Let’s talk women, and girls.

In my first speech to Parliament I said we needed a national inquiry into the Missing and Murdered First Nations women. We got support for it - it just got started. For too long, the lives of First Nations women and children in this country have not been valued as equal.

Now the process has been stalled as we wait for the Parliament to approve an extension controlled by those who need to control the narrative.
Jan 14 10 tweets 2 min read
Last night, I talked about going back to my homelands for the first time in 3 years. Now, I want to talk a little bit about living in Naarm 30 years. I admit, I love living in a city of 5M, even if I need my homelands to ground myself. This one is gonna be a thread, so here goes I have some incredible trail blazers and freedom fighters which have come from my own family, and include my own nanna, Uncle Charlie, my Tjamu Randall, my dad and his "go home Bjelke-Petersen. We don't need more peanut politicians in the Territory", and many more 2/?
Jan 14 6 tweets 2 min read
At the moment, I feel like I am playing catch-up. I am an avid news reader yet whilst I was away, I cut myself off from the daily updates to give myself a break and focus on healing on country. But gee, didn't a lot of shit hit the fan in that time? TBC. I want to begin by giving a shout out to all asylum seekers locked up in the Park Hotel Prison, MITA & other such detention centres. Australia's asylum seeker policies are a disgusting blight on human rights and contravene our UN commitments. Hope you're released soon ✊🏾
Jan 13 7 tweets 3 min read
I think I want to start this by talking personal. As I mentioned in my intro, I just got back from my homelands. It was the first time in three years I have been up there and that's been tough because prior to COVID, I'd go every 6-12 months. It was a healing trip yet hard. TBC I say "hard" because whilst I was up there, COVID started exploding in the NT and so given so many of my relos are elderly with health conditions, I didn't get to visit them for fear I might spread it. So I just want to shout out to NT mobs: stay safe, get vaxxed & #protectnan
Jan 13 13 tweets 4 min read
Hi folks! So yep, Celeste Liddle here taking over the reins on IndigenousX for the next week. Before I start anything though, can we just get a hand for the previous host @JennettaQB for her wonderful work? Brilliant stuff 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 A bit about me then is probably warranted. I'm an Arrernte woman & I returned from my first visit back to country in three years (after many lockdown postponements) just yesterday. Hence the profile pic at Simpson's Gap and the hat because it was 41 degrees. I've missed it a lot
Jan 13 5 tweets 5 min read
4 moments I’m incredibly proud of from 2021

Thankyou @IndigenousXLtd for inviting me to ring in the New Year with some of the deadliest followers on Twitter 😎🎆🥳

#Thankyou @Barkaa__ @walkleys @junkee @10NewsFirstSyd @SBSNews @NITV for making these moments possible! Happy 2022 Thankyou to every single person who is doing the work for our people and communities every single day. You are seen! You are important!

Thankyou to my supporters and those who continue to learn and support our mob throughout the country & the Torres Strait 🖤✨❤️🙏🏽 #Grateful
Jan 13 6 tweets 5 min read
Artist post...! 🎨

Can we please share our favourite illustrators or artists in the thread below?

I have so many but @MollyDHunt illustrations are definitely a fave!

Thankyou @walkleys for our friendship! 🙏🏽🖤✨❤️…

Is also a favourite of mine 😍
Jan 3 8 tweets 2 min read
They reckon that what we know today as racism begins in the 1400s when European sentiments of anti-blackness first start to develop and colonisation gets a papal sanction. So, by the time Australia is invaded in the late 1700s, racism has had some 300+ years of developing and refining all the necessary moral, legal and religious methods and justifications for dispossession, mass murder, control and regulation, assimilation, segregation etc
Jan 2 6 tweets 2 min read
White ppl who say ‘why can’t we all just be Australian?’ are funny… I’m thinking they don’t realise that when white ppl stopped referring to themselves as ‘white Australian’ and became ‘just australian’, they kept the adjectives for the rest of us. That’s how whiteness went from being super dominate, to the point ppl said shit like ‘that’s mighty white of you’ and bought white Australian brand sliced pineapples and shit, to becoming invisible. Default. The unspoken norm.
Jan 2 5 tweets 2 min read
One of the greatest tricks white supremacy ever pulled was convincing white ppl that white supremacy is a fringe extremist belief and not the bedrock upon which Western civilisation is built. That’s why a lot of white ppl can only imagine white supremacists as skinheads and Nazis and KKK members rather than the overwhelming majority of Australian PMs, present company included. Image
Jan 2 4 tweets 1 min read
If the primary issue you want to address when doing anti-racism work is making sure white ppl feel good about themselves and don’t have to ever think about the R-word then you’re not doing anti-racism work. Think about all the issues Indigenous ppl face in this country... Write a top ten list if you want.

How high up on your list is ‘white ppl feels’? Is it above or below high suicide rates? incarceration rates? Racist media coverage? Govt malfeasance? Institutional racism? Treaty?
Jan 2 6 tweets 1 min read
Because white ppl are far more concerned with the fear of being called racist than they are about the damage racism causes and because ‘cultural’ training content is dominated by market forces, a lot of training has aimed more at alleviating white guilt than eliminating racism. As Teju Cole said, “The White Savior Industrial Complex is not about justice. It is about having a big emotional experience that validates privilege.”
Jan 2 10 tweets 2 min read
The Canning Stock Route is a track that runs from Halls Creek in the Kimberley region of Western Australia to Wiluna in the mid-west region. With a total distance of around 1,850 km it is the longest historic stock route in the world. Alfred Canning surveyed the track at the beginning of the twentieth century, and by 1910 his party had successfully made 52 wells that would allow cattle to be walked for a day to reach the next watering point.