Over the last year or so at the Indigenous Hospitality House, we have been thinking about our extended household as a learning community. In some ways this is not a new focus, because we've always been learning through the work we do together hosting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, but we've been becoming more aware that this is something we have to offer the wider Settler community. However, we want to make sure it our learning isn't just about gaining information. When we, as Settler people, begin to learn about the damage Settler society has done to our First Peoples it can be easy to get bogged down in guilt. As well as learning information we need to learn what to do with it. If we find we're developing a sense of guilt we need to allow that guilt to motivate an active response. In our household we've been able to do that by sharing our home with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander hospital guests. This often gives us opportunities to hear people's own personal stories, develop relationships and start getting an idea about what healing will look like.
If you're keen to move from guilt to action, and aren't sure where to start we're up for a chat.