From an episode of Breakfasters
Breakfasters: Indigenous Literacy Day
Anita Heiss is a professor, poet, author and ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF), a not-for-profit charity dedicated to supporting literacy skills in remote Indigenous communities by gifting books, publishing culturally appropriate material, and offering the resources for community members to write their own stories. This year alone, the ILF has gifted over 95,000 books to children in remote Australian communities.
Anita calls in to Breakfasters to discuss this year’s Indigenous Literacy Day celebrations, the largest annual fundraising event for the ILF, which will include performances from the likes of Jessica Mauboy and more. Anita also reflects on her own journey with the written word, the importance of seeing yourself represented in the literature that you encounter as a child, and how you can support the ILF’s work.
Head to the ILF’s website to find out how you can get involved and/or donate.
Photo: Ruby Olive (Kate Bryan)