Dear Son: Letters and Reflections from First Nations Fathers and Sons

Reviewed by Heather O’Connor

Thomas Mayor

Thomas Mayor is a Torres Strait Islander, father of five, union official, and tireless advocate for the proposals in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. In this collection he invited twelve contributors to write a letter, either to his father or son. The writers come from a wide range of professions and life experiences, and each is a leader in his own right. They write of life, masculinity, culture and racism. In doing so, they challenge derogatory stereotypes and bring a different perspective to our knowledge and understanding of Indigenous men. A timely and original contribution.