46. Volume: Mundanara Bayles: Acknowledgement of Country

Aboriginal people have suffered discrimination for generations. Even today, they struggle for recognition for their ancestral connection to Australia. Maybe it’s time we all strive to have a deeper understanding of why ‘The Acknowledgement of Country,’ is so essential. Not only for the Aboriginal people but for us too. 

This is The Psychology of Entrepreneurship,

a highly produced, revealing audio docuseries that follows Ronsley Vaz and his guests, as they strive to go inside & unravel the inner workings of the mind of an entrepreneur, artist, athlete, academic; to decipher what is the psychology of our decisions.

If you are an entrepreneur (BTW we consider that mothers are the original entrepreneurs) and would like to understand why we do certain things in certain situations, and if small changes in thinking can deliver massive amounts of results in success and happiness, then this podcast is for you.

Mundanara Bayles invites you to connect with her ancestral culture.

Mundanara is enormously proud of her Aboriginal heritage. This is because her family has been active in the Aboriginal movement since the 60s and 70s. Today she is following in their footsteps. Manudanara belongs to the Wonnarua and Bunjalung people on her mother’s side, and the Birri-Gubba and Gungalu people on her father’s side. 

She has more than 18 years’ experience, working with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations in New South Wales and Queensland. In 2013, Mundanara co-founded BlackCard, a 100% Aboriginal owned and operated business that provides cultural capability training and consultancy services.

Relationships are at the very core of Aboriginal society and Aboriginal culture. That’s why Mundanara continues to build bridges, form bonds, and educate those of non-Aboriginal ancestry about their new legacy. 

In this volume, we’re presenting part two of Ronsley’s conversation with Mundanara. Today, they are going deep into what it means to own your name and identity. She explains how we should all learn more about cultural significance, so we don’t fall prey to any faux pas. Mundanara gives us an insight into why the ‘Acknowledgement of Country’ has got nothing to do with political correctness. And the practical ways to build relationships and diversify in the workplace, to avoid unnecessary conflicts. 

Other Insightful topics in this volume:
  • Mundanara’s Acknowledgement of Country 
  • How an app can stop you from suffering cultural embarrassment
  • Why Mundanara had two names 
  • How Mundanara’s daughter stood up against racism in the shadow of George Floyd’s death 
  • Why our relationships are critical for the survival of cultural identity
  • The practical ways to diversify the workplace and how relationships help mitigate disputes
  • Why we need to listen before offering solutions
  • The Acknowledgement Sticker debacle 

Mundanara on LinkedIn


BlackCard on Twitter @blackcardcourse

Mundanara’s Ted Talk

Welcome to Country App

More on Indigenous Employment 

The AIATSIS Map of Indigenous Australia

09:18 – Volume 17: Adam Bornstein: Following Your Moral Compass

19:36 – Volume 37: Mark Yettica-Paulson: A Way Forward Through Dialogue

Author: Ronsley Vaz

Ronsley is the founder & chief day dreamer at AMPLIFY. He is an author, speaker & serial entrepreneur.

He has a Masters’ degree in Software Engineering and an MBA in Psychology and Leadership. He is known as the creator of We Are Podcast – the first Podcasting Conference in the Southern Hemisphere, and the host of The Bond Appetit Podcast and Should I Start a Podcast. He has an audience of over 3 million in 133 countries.

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