‘You can’t say that!’ is a booklet containing a guide to terms that should be used by UOW staff and students to influence change in the space of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander discourse, and was released at UOW’s recent National Close the Gap Day event.

The booklet represents a collaboration between Teresa Treweek and Pippa Burns of Graduate Medicine, Jade Kennedy from Teaching & Curriculum Development and Jaymee Beveridge at Woolyungah Indigenous Centre (WIC).

The team were initially unsuccessfully in applying for internal funding for this project, but were aware of the pressing need for such a resource. With this is mind, a shoestring budget was found from WIC’s, Commonwealth Indigenous Student Success Program allowing the project to be completed.

Catherine Moyle, a current UOW PhD student investigating Art and Urban Aboriginal Adolescent Identity, was employed to develop the original idea. Once the content was developed and agreed upon, both Catherine and Jade Kennedy, were able to consult with Elders both here and down the South Coast to ensure that it had their approval.

The artwork used on the cover of the booklet was created by Josie Atkinson, and tells the story of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students traversing higher education.

Since its launch, the interest in You Can’t Say That has been both extensive and encouraging. A small number of booklets were initially printed, however an electronic version is available from the WIC website.

We strongly encourage academic staff to promote this resource to both their students and colleagues and to add a copy to their Moodle sites.