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be a good ally

be a good ally

For advice on how to be a good ally to Indigenous Australians, we sought input from Summer May Finlay. She’s a Yorta Yorta woman, a writer, academic and public health practitioner. Here’s what she had to say:

be a good ally

No two experiences are the same. Unless you have experienced racism and inequality it is very hard to understand the experiences of individuals and communities who have lived with this reality.

We can however build our empathy for the experiences of others by actively listening to their stories and experiences. Truth telling and storytelling are two important tools to educate the broader community about inequality and disadvantage.

be a good ally

Allies who recognise their privilege, especially those who have more privilege, are powerful voices alongside marginalised voiced.

A good ally, first and foremost, supports the voices of individuals and communities that struggle to be heard because of inequality or disadvantage, and promotes those voices instead of speaking for them.

be a good ally

The first step towards being a good ally is having a thorough understanding of the ways in which racism appears in society, and how each type of racism impacts people. It’s also about understanding your own privilege and unconscious bias.

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