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Shannon Foster

Shannon Foster is a Sydney D’harawal Saltwater Knowledge Keeper, educator and artist and has been teaching her family’s stories to a range of audiences for over twenty years. Shannon is currently undertaking her PhD in the Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges at the University of Technology, Sydney researching and documenting her family’s Narinya stories (Living Dreaming).
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Shannon Foster
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Resisting assimilation

My father’s life, with all of its suffering, hardship and pain may have been orchestrated by the government with the intention to wipe him, his people and culture out. But for our family, the government didn’t win. While my father and his children live on, our culture will never die, be silenced or erased.

Because of her I can’t – the rematriation of her(story) in his(story)

Because of her, I can’t.  Because of her, I can’t succumb to colonisation, assimilation, and genocide. Because of her, I can’t submit to the perpetual colonial and patriarchal forces that want me to forget.
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