Ex­per­i­ment starts a con­ver­sa­tion about trust

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Near You - Shan­nan Osrin

JASIRAH Bin Hi­tam has com­pleted a blind so­cial ex­per­i­ment to fa­cil­i­tate a con­ver­sa­tion about trust be­tween In­dige­nous and non-In­dige­nous Aus­tralians. The video, which shows the 18-yearold from Broome stand­ing blind­folded on Cottes­loe Beach on March 19 with a sign that reads: “I trust you, do you trust me? Let’s Hug”, has since been viewed 550,000 times. “I was so ner­vous and the first five min­utes of stand­ing there went for­ever and the whole thing was very emo­tional,” Ms Bin Hi­tam said. She said the re­sponse from the video was very en­cour­ag­ing. She said her alarm­ing statis­tic at the end of the video – in 2012, 13 per cent of all Aus­tralians said they trust Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­ders – helped fa­cil­i­tate pos­i­tive con­versa- tions about change. “I have had mul­ti­ple con­ver­sa­tions with peo­ple about the statis­tic and they were shocked, then the con­ver­sa­tion opened up to how to change it,” Ms Bin Hi­tam said. In­dige­nous Com­mu­ni­ties Ed­u­ca­tion and Aware­ness (ICEA) Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Lockie Cooke said the video was im­por­tant to start the con­ver­sa­tion about change. “It’s so pow­er­ful to have cre­ated some­thing that has been so popular in our com­mu­nity, which in­spires us to con­tinue the work we’ve been do­ing in the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion space,” Mr Cooke said. “Jasirah’s story is a true suc­cess of the ICEA Foun­da­tion and she truly is an in­spi­ra­tion to all of us at ICEA and ev­ery­one she con­nects with.”

Jasirah Bin Hi­tam re­ceives a hug dur­ing her ex­per­i­ment on Cottes­loe Beach.

The DRUM­BEAT con­cert at the Kim­berly Care Fa­cil­ity.

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