A group of 18 educators are meeting today with Australians Together. Our day began with being challenged with the question, ‘What if all teachers felt confident to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in curriculum, teaching and learning?’
What are the possibilities? How could this confidence be bought about? While I am writing about this over lunch, we are already exploring and building our confidence through the understanding of stories and shared history. To explore that history in a way where all perspectives can be discussed is enlightening, saddening, honest and challenging. We are now about to take this understanding into Australians Together Learning Framework based around the 5 key ideas of:
- The Wound
- Our History
- Why Me?
- Our Cultures
- My Response
Through this exploration, we can begin to help shape a future of understanding, acceptance and moving forward together as a nation. No doubt, we will leave today with a way forward in our classrooms and educational settings that we, and our students, will benefit from in beginning a new future.
NAIDOC WEEK is a time of celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture. ‘Because of Her, We Can!’ Is the theme of NAIDOC being held nationally from Sunday 8 July and continuing through to Sunday 15 July. This theme provides an opportunity for the telling the stories of strong Indigenous women and their impact on their families and their communities. While this is in holiday time, it is worth considering a celebration in your context on return to school. Resources and information can be found at http://www.naidoc.org.au/get-involved/2018-theme
There is a growing number of education resources available on the Australians Together website. Presently these are primarily the video stories which are both powerful and relevant. In September, the specific education resources available will grow significantly as ACARA unit planning and student resources are added. These can be found at https://www.australianstogether.org.au/