Understanding an Aboriginal Community

This Book offers my learnings over my lifetime with a focus on a universal Aboriginal cultural value of sharing. I want to share this with you. I want to empower the relationships between Aboriginal Communities and those responsible for achieving positive outcomes for Aboriginal people. I want Aboriginal Communities to be understood, respected and supported.

About this Book

“I am proud to launch my first Book that shares my model approach to Understanding an Aboriginal Community. There are so many diverse and complex Aboriginal Communities across Australia that will be helped by this Book. This is my contribution to them – from the large Communities within the cities and towns, to the small regional and remote Communities. Every Community is diversely represented by many separate Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultures, and it is these specific cultures that are key to understanding how best to consult and engage with that Community.”

“This Book will also be a bible guide to many people involved in any capacity with Aboriginal people – from Government employees involved in Aboriginal Affairs to people involved in health and education to the Corporate Sector with Native Title Agreements or Reconciliation Action Plans in place to Non-Government Organisations involved in Closing Gaps that exist between Aboriginal & Non-Aboriginal Australians.”

Jolleen Hicks

Founder of Aboriginal Insights, and Ngarluma-Aboriginal woman from Roebourne

Who is this Book for?

This book is a guide to anyone involved with Aboriginal people or their communities. This includes anyone involved in Government with an exposure to Aboriginal Affairs; anyone involved in Closing Gaps for Aboriginal People in relation to health, education, or employment; anyone in the Corporate sector that are involved in Reconciliation, Diversity and Inclusion or Native Title; anyone involved in the delivery of services or programs targeted at Aboriginal people; anyone who is committed to building respectful relationships with Aboriginal people and their Communities; and anyone that simply wants to better understand the diversity and cultural differences of Aboriginal Communities.

Why is this Book Important?

The learning that is shared in this book is not accessible from any education institution or system. The learning comes from working with and for Aboriginal people from within the Aboriginal Cultural World. If you are genuinely and authentically committed to achieving positive outcomes for Aboriginal people, then you will appreciate and respect the advice and guidance offered through this book.

A Brief Overview

Some of the important topics covered in this Book are:

  • Assumptions made about Aboriginal Communities
  • Research (on historical events and issues specific to a community)
  • Phases of Consultation, Engagement Methods or Engagement Event
  • Building Respectful Relationships, and
  • Insights on the Aboriginal Cultural World

Purchase the Book and Close the Gaps

After 10 years of the Close the Gap Strategy, we are only on track to meet 1 out of the 7 targets. We are not closing these gaps for lack of money or people. This issue lies in our approach to understanding Aboriginal people and their Communities. To Close the Gaps for Aboriginal Peoples, we need to commit to Closing our own Gap with respect to understanding the people we need to help/ assist/ empower. My Book is my response to the lack of training and guidance offered by the Mainstream education system. My Book shares my learnings from Aboriginal people and the cultural world that governs them.

About Jolleen Hicks

Jolleen Hicks, the second child of Joan was born in Wickham, Western Australia (Ngarluma country) and grew up in Roebourne. The community she grew up in is well known for mostly the wrong reasons. It has a difficult relationship with the media, making the news mostly for negative reasons. However, the stories that are mostly missed are the stories of great strength and resilience. Her strong interest in Aboriginal issues developed when she was at university, but her desire to have a voice that was heard came much later after she returned home to Roebourne. Jolleen graduated with a Bachelor of Law from the University of WA in April 2006 at age 23. Jolleen started Aboriginal Insights in 2016, and in 2017, her beautiful daughter, Lucy, was born inspiring her to create this book. Jolleen wants to build respectful awareness of the amazing diversity of Aboriginal Australia and reach people with knowledge about the beautiful Aboriginal culture that her daughter will come to appreciate in the future.


“I strongly believe that all Australians want to learn about and better understand our Australian Aboriginal cultures. I choose to believe that every Australian wants Aboriginal people to achieve equality of life – health, education, employment, business, and community. I know that many Australians are actively and genuinely working towards this equality. I am actively and genuinely sharing my insights of the Aboriginal Cultural World.”

Jolleen Hicks

Founder of Aboriginal Insights, and Ngarluma-Aboriginal woman from Roebourne

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