National Reconciliation Week 2020

NRW 2020 LogoNational Reconciliation Week is held each year from 27 May - 3 June and is a chance for all Australians to recognise and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

The theme for this year’s National Reconciliation Week is ‘In this Together,’ acknowledging the responsibility that each of us carries in the journey towards a more equitable and united Australia. With the unprecedented arrival of the COVID-19 crisis, this theme takes on even more meaning, reminding us that no matter what the situation, we are all #InThisTogether 

In honour of National Reconciliation Week, we have put together a list of books and films from our eCollection that highlight some of our favourite First Nations creators and celebrate this amazing culture.


The Yield by Tara June Winch

Whilst this is the story of a people and a culture dispossessed, it is also a celebration of what was and what endures. Profoundly moving and exquisitely written, The Yield is a powerful reclaiming of Indigenous language, storytelling and identity.

Also available as an eAudiobook 

Taboo by Kim Scott

Taboo takes place in the present day, in the rural South-West of Western Australia, and tells the story of a group of Noongar people who revisit, for the first time in many decades, a taboo place: the site of a massacre.

The White Girl by Tony Birch

Miles Franklin-shortlisted author, Tony Birch, shines a spotlight on the 1960s and the devastating effects of the Stolen Generations.

Also available as an eAudiobook

Heat and Light by Ellen van Neerven

Heat and Light presents an intriguing collection while heralding the arrival of an exciting new talent in Australian writing, drawing on the author’s experience of Indigenous identity and connection with Yugambeh land of South-East Queensland.

Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko

Wise-cracking Kerry Salter has spent a lifetime avoiding two things – her hometown and prison. But now her Pop is dying and she’s an inch away from the lockup, so she heads south on a stolen Harley. Winner of the 2019 Miles-Franklin Award, Too Much Lip offers redemption and forgiveness where none seems possible.

Also available as an eAudiobook

Tell Me Why by Archie Roach

Overcoming enormous odds to find his story and his people, Roach voices the joy, pain and hope he found on his path to become the legendary singer-songwriter and storyteller that he is today, beloved by fans worldwide.

Growing up Aboriginal in Australia by Anita Heiss

This anthology, compiled by award-winning author Anita Heiss, attempts to showcase as many diverse voices, experiences and stories as possible in order to answer the question: What is it like to grow up Aboriginal in Australia?

Also available as an eAudiobook

Salt by Bruce Pascoe

Pascoe’s best and most celebrated stories and essays are collected here for the first time, ranging across his long career, and exploring his enduring fascination with Australia’s landscape, culture, land management and history.

Talking to my Country by Stan Grant

In July 2015, in response to the heckling of Indigenous AFL star, Adam Goodes, Stan Grant wrote a short but powerful piece for The Guardian that went viral. His was a personal and passionate response to racism in Australia and the sorrow, shame, anger and hardship of being an Indigenous man that he then wrote into this book.

Tracker by Alexis Wright

Miles Franklin Award-winning novelist, Alexis Wright, returns to non-fiction in her new book – a collective memoir of the charismatic Aboriginal leader, political thinker, and entrepreneur, Tracker Tilmouth, who died in Darwin in 2015.

A Man Called Yarra by Stan Yarramunua and Robert Hillman

An inspiring story of a remarkable man overcoming hardship, striving for a better life, and reclaiming his ancestry. Now an internationally successful artist, Yarra is committed to improving the lives of Aboriginal kids in his hometown of Shepparton, particularly through better housing.

Welcome to Country by Marcia Langdon

An essential book for anyone travelling around Australia, or simply wanting to learn more about the culture that has thrived here for over 50,000 years. Welcome to Country celebrates a land that remains dynamic, filled with openness and diversity.

Every Hill got a Story: We grew up in Country by the men and women of Central Australia and the Central Land Council

The first comprehensive history of the Aboriginal people of Central Australia, as told in their own words and many languages.

Songspiralsz: Sharing women's wisdom of Country through Songlines by the Gay'wu Group of Women

A rare opportunity to connect with the living tradition of women's songlines, as recounted by the Yolngu women of far Northern Australia.

Find more great titles in our eLibrary here.


Zach's Ceremony

Growing up isn’t easy, especially for Zach who is rapidly making the transition from boyhood to manhood, in both the modern world and in his ancient culture. Ultimately, Zach must embrace the traditions and knowledge of his ancestors and awaken the warrior within.


Celebrated by audiences at home and abroad, indigenous artist, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, was one of the most important and acclaimed voices to ever come out of Australia.

Sweet Country

Inspired by real events, Sweet Country is a period western set in 1929 in the outback of the Northern Territory of Australia. When Aboriginal stockman, Sam, kills a white station owner in self-defence, Sam and his wife, Lizzie, go on the run. Will justice be served?

The Australian Dream

Using the stunning athleticism of Adam Goodes at the peak of his powers, as well as the game itself as the film’s backdrop, The Australian Dream prompts questions about Australia’s relationship with racism and its ability to confront its own past.

Servant or Slave

A confronting insight into the era of the Stolen Generations, where thousands of Aboriginal girls were taken from their families and pressed into domestic servitude by the Australian Government.

These films are brought to you courtesy of Beamafilm. Get free access to these titles and more streaming content with your Hobsons Bay Library membership here.


For more information about National Reconciliation Week, and to find NRW events happening near you, visit the National Reconciliation Week 2020 website.

Have you enjoyed any of these titles? Are their any you think we've missed? Share your thoughts in the comments below or on social media by tagging #HBLibraries #NRW2020 #InThisTogether