Entry 1: Out of Our Comfort Zones

Aboriginal people will always have to deal with those types of stereotypes constantly feeling guilty for something someone else has done wrong.

The students and teachers stayed in a motel in Katherine for the night because some students were still arriving from Darwin. When going to the hotel to book in, the manager of the motel must’ve seen an Aboriginal person do something wrong and so to his point of view other Aboriginal people are the same. I felt judgement from the manager because he said don’t lose the room key it isn’t your key card. Aboriginal people will always have to deal with those types of stereotypes constantly feeling guilty for something someone else has done wrong. The next day everyone got together outside of the hotel to discuss about what was the plan for the day and some students get into groups and do food shopping and while I was with my group helping with the shopping in Woolworths, Katherine, other white people kept looking and I could feel their judgement. I just felt like I was constantly being judged because I was hanging around white people.

Entry 2: Experiences and Challenges

As Claire called out to the students, I could see the people who were playing card game get uncomfortable, but then everyone relaxed once everyone was introduced to each other.

Heading out to Barunga, we went around to Nell Brown’s place to let her know that the students and everyone has arrived because Nell is the custodian of the country so we’d have to consult with her and traditional owners, but she wasn’t there so we went up to the Sunrise camp area to see Guy Rankin but he wasn’t there, so we asked where was Nell and she was at the area where people play card game. As Claire called out to the students, I could see the people who were playing card game get uncomfortable, but then everyone relaxed once everyone was introduced to each other. Everyone went back to camp and students set up their tents, then later the first group of students cooked dinner. Having community elders and other members working in the field school made me very happy.

Entry 3: Take Away Thoughts

I have learnt that leadership can be hard but knowing how to handle it and ask for help when needed because without help the walls you’ve built crumbles.

After all, the community field school is an experience for everyone, and I have learnt that leadership can be hard but knowing how to handle it and ask for help when needed because without help the walls you’ve built crumbles. Working together is important and hearing other people’s views will help shape the future for our next generation. Claire is my sister and though we have our differences, without her support I wouldn’t have that chance to end up in university. She is also learning from me because sometimes she might have the knowledge that has been passed down from my grandparents and other old people that her and Jacko worked with and it is still a learning process for everyone