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Karen Wyld

Karen Wyld is a freelance writer and author, of Martu descent, living on the coast south of Adelaide.
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Indigenous candidates have Canberra on their radars

On Saturday 18 May 2019 Australia heads to the polls. In this Federal Election, there are at least twenty Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates.

Debunking: It was hard for convicts, too

The myth of the convict is used to derail conversations about the brutality and unfairness of invasion and colonisation.

Living in Hope Wins

The recipient of this year’s Most Underrated Book Award was posthumously awarded to Frank Byrne for his book Living in Hope.

Remembering The Black Mist

Recently I viewed the Black Mist Burnt Country exhibition at the National Museum of Australia. Launched on 27 September 2016, to mark the 60th anniversary of nuclear bomb testing at Maralinga in South Australia, the exhibition has already covered a lot of ground touring the eastern states.

SOVEREIGN PEOPLE, SOVEREIGN STORIES | Five Books by First Nations Writers

Five must read books by sovereign authors recommended by Karen Wyld.

Put away your ball, this is not a game

Fraser Anning's "Final Solution" speech, demonstrates that the close minded and ignorant have more to learn from the world, than the world has to learn from them.

Wild Women and Rebel Girls

Karen Wyld goes back in time to acknowledge some of the strong Aboriginal women that continue to give us strength. #BecauseOfHerWeCan

The Heroes of Gundagai

Colonisers of Australia were often out of their depth. Sometimes they needed rescuing from themselves, or during natural disasters. And First Peoples were often their rescuers. These heroic stories rarely feature in the dominant narratives, but they should.

If ancestors could vote

I recently had the pleasure of sitting on Country with Major Sumner, the Greens’ candidate for Mayo, talking history, the environment, community, young people, and hopes for the future.

History Mysteries

I mean no disrespect to anyone who supports reconciliation week, but I no longer participate. It’s hard to maintain hope when there’s scant signs of achieving justice.

Sorry Day – what still needs to be said?

For most of the twentieth century, Aboriginal children were removed for a number of reasons. ‘For their own good’ was not one of them.

Aboriginal health services have been around since the 1970s, and the sky hasn’t fallen yet

Over the past few months, some mainstream media outlets have attempted to stir up a hornet’s nest about health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; Karen Wyld explains.

What kind of morality do they want us to celebrate on That Day

That Day was once Many Days, as each state held their foundation days at different times of the year. The cry for a national day on 26 January came from the Australian Natives’ [sic] Association.
  • 31 Aug 2017

Ongoing administrative issues afflict the Indigenous Advancement Strategy

Australia Day and meaningful acknowledgement of First Peoples continue to be debated across the nation, with signs of traction. Unfortunately, the current federal government’s responses have been woeful. As has the continuing poor performance of their Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS).

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