Our opening night speaker, and Blak & Bright guest and workshop facilitator Anita Heiss, is a Lifetime Ambassador for the Indigenous Literary Foundation.
Blak & Bright also supports the important work this Foundation does in addressing literacy levels in remote Indigenous communities.
Dr Anita Heiss
Literacy is essential to Aboriginal people’s self-determination. If we cannot read we cannot make the decisions that inevitably impact on our lives. Self-determination requires each of us to have the literacy to have the power to make our own decisions and control our own futures. Only when we are self-determined as individuals will we be self-determined as a nation of peoples.
Indigenous Literacy Day, September 7 2016
Open your doors for literacy! Indigenous Literacy Day is our major fundraising day. Through our activities on the day, we focus attention on the disadvantages experienced in remote communities. You, your friends and colleagues are encouraged to raise funds and advocate for more equal access to literacy resources for remote communities. This day is the perfect opportunity to run a Great Book Swap. In 2016, our goal is to raise $400,000.
The Great Book Swap is our major fundraising activity. Any individual, group or organisation can run this simple, easy event – anytime – it encourages the sharing of books while raising funds for the ILF. Register online and the ILF will provide further information and tips. Our goal in 2016 is to have 1000 schools raise $200,000 for 20,000 books for Indigenous kids in remote communities.
See ilf.org.au for further details.