Black Lives Matter: Be informed, Be engaged

When Aboriginal author Tony Birch was asked where the best place was to start becoming more engaged with Aboriginal issues, he replied:

"There’s no starting place, and no end. Just read, watch, look and listen to everything you can."

So how can you become informed, engaged, and committed to learning more about Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander culture? Follow Tony's advice:



A great way to introduce children to Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander culture is through story. Take a look at our booklist Talking to Children about Race, for a collection of 20 picture book written by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors.

From history to contemporary memoir, sci-fi to literary fiction, First Nations authors offer a wealth of insight into this country we call home. Add these books by Aboriginal writers to your reading list, you won't be disappointed!


Beamafilm has a wide range of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander films and documentaries available free to library members. You can access Beamafilm Black Lives Matter content here

Kanopy also has a wide range of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander film and documentary available free to library members here.

If you prefer not to stream your content, YPRL has a wide range of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander film,  TV, and documentary available to borrow on DVD. You can access them as part of our Click & Collect service. 


If you're interested in doing research into Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander history, State Library of Victoria have created seven subject guides that may help you. The guides provide information on resources available to research Aboriginal family history, find the meaning of Aboriginal words, access early Australian census records, and more. You can access the guides here.

Why not download the Welcome to Country App! The app was created by Aboriginal company Weerianna Street Media with the intent of educating people on the Traditional Owners’ culture and heritage protocols right across the Australia. It uses GPS data from the device to work where the users are in relation to the country they are entering. (The app is currently only available on Apple IOS)


It is important to listen to Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander voices when learning about their culture. Who better to learn from, than those who have lived and breathed their own experience. We highly recommend the following audiobooks written by Australian First Nations authors.

Growing Up Aboriginal In Australia

Dark Emu

Jack Charles

Salt: Selected Essays and Stories

Balga Boy Jackson

A Man Called Yarra

Bruce Pascoe Collection

YPRL acknowledges Wurundjeri people as the traditional custodians of the land we work on and we pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Elders past, present and emerging, who have resided in the area.

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