Working Country with Serene Fernando

22feb12:00 pm1:00 pmWorking Country with Serene FernandoOnline webinar


(Thursday) 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm(GMT+10:00) View in my time


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12pm – 1pm Thursday the 22nd of February 2024

In this webinar, First Nations educator and researcher, Gamilaraay woman Serene Fernando, discusses State Library of Queensland’s Working Country showcase.

The showcase explores the integral role Aboriginal people played in establishing Queensland’s pastoral industry.

Working Country shines a light on the role and lived experiences of Aboriginal people in shaping our country’s current foundations.  It also highlights the struggles and contributions that have gone unacknowledged.

The showcase explores the issue of stolen wages — hard-earned money withheld from workers and used by others to create wealth — and the indentured servitude of Aboriginal people under the Aboriginal Protection Act.

These hard truths about our shared history need greater understanding and aim to be integrated into society’s greater collective consciousness.

Through this webinar you will learn more about:

  • First Nations truth telling.
  • First Nations narration of history through the Working Country showcase, and different ways to reflect on historical content.

What to Bring:

Please bring questions to discuss with Serene. Flying Arts also recommends having note-taking materials on hand.

Additional Information:

This online session will be held via ClickMeeting a webinar broadcasting room.

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Additional Information

Your Facilitator: Serene Fernando is a Gamilaraay woman of north-west New South Wales, who is based in Brisbane. Through her extensive experience as an educator and researcher, Serene has cultivated expert knowledge in historical Indigenous research using cultural interpretive frameworks to decolonise historical archives. She has led projects at the National Museum of Australia which highlighted Indigenous interpretation of the past through Indigenous storytelling and cultural worldviews. Serene’s work within State Library of Queensland’s exhibition team comprises of building the curatorial framework for historical content selection and Indigenous narrative construction.