To me, Aboriginal history is more than stories to be debated. They are my life and that of my families.
I'm currently co-teaching HAS 350, Indigenous Social Determinants of Health at the University of Wollongong. During this subject, we explore the impact of Aboriginal history and how the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples lives. For this subject, my colleague and I are using case studies as an educative tool.
It got me thinking about my life, that of my mums and my mums mum. And how the history I am teaching intersects with our lives, the lives of three Aboriginal women.
Too often, history is depersonalised. It happened to someone else. It becomes a collective of people who are often nameless and faceless. I decided that I needed to share some of my stories and those of my family to make history real. With permission from my mum, here is a truncated version of our families story.
History isnt just stories in a book. It happened to us all.