My interest in this topic “How to prove my Aboriginal Heritage” started after I became a part of the South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy (SAASTA) at my school, Mark Oliphant College. Through SAASTA we are working on getting our Certificate III in Sport and Recreation. One of the modules we looked at was creating a family tree. Through doing this I found learning about my family exciting, it helped me become more interested in finding out more information on my family and embracing my Aboriginal culture. I also want to do this because throughout my schooling my peers question my heritage.
I came up with final question of “How does a person prove their Aboriginality?” I came up with this question through speaking to family members both that have proved their Aboriginality and those who are yet to undertake the process.
Together my Mum and I will be going through the process to prove our Aboriginal heritage for my younger brother and ourselves. By doing this research project I am hoping, it will help my family and other Aboriginal people to gain information on how to do prove Aboriginality, as the processes has changed over the years. (Find out process that sister went through). I have only just started my research project and I can see the positive impact it is having on my family, I feel that it is bringing my immediate and extended family closer and we are now talking about our Aboriginal Heritage a lot more now.
I will be gaining information on this topic through researching on the Internet, reading books, which I will borrow from the school library, and talk to some Aboriginal Elders like Farina Wanganeen to help me get more information. I am also going to create two surveys to help me find extra information. One survey will be to ask Aboriginal peers if they feel that they need to prove their aboriginal heritage. The survey will include questions such as: Do you know how to prove your aboriginal heritage? If not would you