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10 Truths we learnt about Australia through SBS’ First Contact

It’s been called the most important Australian television program of the year and a wake-up call for white Australia: SBS’ First Contact aired last night and has caused debate, backlash and, ultimately, discussion about the misconceptions of Australia’s first people.

The majority of Australians, six out of every 10, have little or no contact with Australia’s indigenous communities, according to Reconciliation Australia.

With that surprising statistic in mind, SBS’ First Contact producers chose six Australians with strong views about the aboriginal community to visit the very people they’ve had little to no contact with.

10 Myths busted about aboriginal culture by SBS’ First Contact

Jasmine, Bo-dene, Trent, Alice, Sandy and Marcus, with Ray Martin as host, spent a month in various indigenous communities. Last night, we got a taste of what their journey was like as they spent the night in Sydney’s inner-city suburb of Redfern, as well as the remote community of Nyinyikay.

While the experience proved to be too much for some, with Sandy reportedly already taking leave of the show, others embraced the situation or, at least, gave it a go.

The first of the three-part series was met with a storm of comments on social media, revealing some very confronting truths about Australia.

1. It’s difficult to watch one turtle be killed, but not associate the same suffering with other animals we eat on a regular basis:

2. There is such a thing as white privilege:

3. Equal opportunity doesn’t yet exist for indigenous Australians:

4. Aboriginal culture hasn’t been embraced by, or included enough, in the curriculum or the media:

5. Some people believe that aboriginals receive a lot more benefits than white Australians:

6. Some people are willing to be blatantly racist on national television:

7. While Sandy’s comments shocked many, her beliefs are seemingly not uncommon:

8. People want to have a dialogue and learn more about indigenous culture:

9. Racism is ingrained in the way some people view indigenous people:

10. As a nation, we still have a long way to go:

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