This week, SBS aired a three-part series called First Contact, which took six white Australians who had had little to no contact with Indigenous people, and placed them in various Aboriginal communities over the course of a month.
1.Like when Lavina, a member of the family who were hosting three of the participants, was questioned about why people who are "only half" are still Aboriginal:
2.And when Vic, who was hosting the other three participants, was also questioned on what makes a "real" Aboriginal:
3.When Vic told the emotional story of his father's removal from his family as a child to Sandy, who had previously said, "There's no point going on and no point whinging about" the Stolen Generations:
4.When Marcus, a school teacher in the remote Aboriginal community of Nyinyikay the participants visited, pinpointed what the show is really all about:
5.And when he tried to give participant Trent, a police officer, a different perspective on the Indigenous people he deals with as part of his job:
6.When he explained the ethics of his community's traditional hunting practices, compared with the damaging commercial fishing in the area:
7.When award-winning artist, Margaret, described the crowded conditions she lives in on Elcho Island - home to 2,500 Aboriginal people in some of the most impoverished conditions in the Western world:
8.And Marcus hit back at the group's criticism of his Elcho Island family's living conditions, explaining how the government had closed down the major employer, a timber factory, and left the community dependent on handouts:
9.When Tymyka, a night patrol officer in Alice Springs, confronted participant Bo-dene's belief that Indigenous people are "freeloaders" who get an unfair advantage from the government:
10.And Dorrie, a sober support service worker, shut down Bo-dene's statement that Indigenous alcohol problems are a simple matter of personal choice:
11.When Bob, an inmate in Roebourne Regional Prison, talked about the difficulties Indigenous people face when it comes to jail time:
12.When Lucas, another inmate, talked about the lack of support in the outside world:
13.And the difficulty of breaking the cycle of repeat offenses:
After spending a month living with and talking to different Indigenous people, the participants (with the exception of Sandy, who left early on in the experience), all said their viewpoints had drastically changed.