A cultural experience can not be delivered by a non-Aboriginal person, not matter how experienced they may feel they are in interpreting and sharing Aboriginal knowledge.
The notion that a non-Aboriginal person can impart Aboriginal experiences and knowledge to the same degree and with the same level of respect and sensitivity is by its own definition culturally insensitive and culturally inappropriate.
When booking your next Aboriginal Cultural experience, ask yourself the following questions before you commit.
- Is the organisation you are booking with Aboriginal owned and operated?
- If not... What evidence have they provided that they are working in a genuine partnership with the Aboriginal community in which they are situated?
- Does the organisation have Aboriginal people involved in the design of the product you are about to buy?
- Does the organisation have Aboriginal people involved in the delivery of the product you are going to experience?
- Will you be able to interact with an Aboriginal person as a result of buying this product?
- Are Aboriginal people involved in the evaluation and review of the product you are about to buy?
- Has the product you are about to buy been endorsed by the correct endorsing body within the Aboriginal community where it is being delivered?
- Are local Aboriginal people benefiting from the existence of this organisation within their community?