Whether you’re reading newspapers or Twitter, or listening to presentations at conferences, it is clear that individuals and organisations are continuing to use terminology that many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people find disrespectful and/or offensive.
Summer May Finlay, a Yorta Yorta woman, Croakey contributor, public health practitioner and PhD candidate, has made this short clip below to help address these concerns.
So many people are getting it wrong, she says, and it’s exhausting and time consuming to have to constantly explain the issues.
So please take the time to watch this clip, to share it around, and to reflect upon your communications style, whether at an individual or organisational level.
You may also wish to check this guide from NSW Health: Communicating positively: A guide to appropriate Aboriginal terminology.