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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources for educators

Meaningful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives – Video

We ask leading educators how they bring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into their programs.

Try these reflective questions to use with this video, either individually or at your next staff meeting or PD session:

  • Why does every Australian child have the right to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures?
  • What are some of the ways educators in the video included Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in their programs?
  • Do you agree with Rose Kelly’s comment that “if there is context with tokenism, then it is still meaningful”?
  • How confident do you feel when it comes to embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives? Do you ever worry about ‘doing the wrong thing’ or offending Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people? If yes, should this stop you from trying?
  • Does your program reflect local Aboriginal practices? How could you find out more?

Reflective questions_Meaningful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives

 
Share Our Pride – How life looks from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective

Encourage your team and your families to take a glimpse of how life looks from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective through these online modules presented by Reconciliation Australia. Go through the content on your own, critically reflect in team meetings and watch the videos with children. Think about what interested, challenged or surprised you and what you might do differently with your increased knowledge.

www.shareourpride.org.au

 
VAEAI Koorie Education – Building relationships with local Koorie communities – Information sheet
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Flow chart that will help you build relationships with local Koorie Communities.

 

Building Relationships with Local Koorie Communities

 
VAEAI Koorie Education Calendar – Information sheet
VAEAI Koorie Education Calendar 2017 FINAL

A calendar available to download through the VAEAI (Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc) website, framed around significant dates and events throughout the year - use this calendar to assist you to locate information about Victorian Koorie cultures, histories and perspectives.

NB. For best viewing, print to A3 size paper and set page layout to landscape.

 

Koorie Education Calendar

 
SNAICC – Website

SNAICC is a peak body representing the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Check out the resources page.

www.snaicc.org.au

 
Reconciliation Australia – Website

Explore this website to learn more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.  How do you create an environment in your service that has a high level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions?

www.reconciliation.org.au

 
Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in schools and early learning – Website

Narragunnawali (pronounced narra-gunna-wally) is a word from the language of the Ngunnawal people meaning alive, wellbeing, coming together and peace. Explore this website and learn more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions. How do you create an environment in your service that has a high level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions?

www.narragunnawali.org.au

 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Significant Dates – Poster
Resources_Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Poster of Significant Dates 2018

Acknowledge and understand dates of significance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through this poster presented by the North East Primary Care Partnership (NEPCP).

Get involved!! Talk to your families and your community, contact your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and find out how you, your service, children and families can get involved with community events around these dates.

 

Poster of Significant Dates 2018

 
Keeping Aboriginal children safe in mainstream organisations – Video

'Keeping Aboriginal Children Safe In A Mainstream Organisation’ is a video resource/tool for mainstream organisations to provide cultural safety for an Aboriginal child in the context of child safe standards. The video clip explores the three key areas 1. Being culturally competent. 2. Providing a culturally safe space and 3. Ensuring an Aboriginal child has a voice. The clip was developed by Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) and funded by the Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS).

Keeping Aboriginal Children Safe In A Mainstream Organisation - Video

 
Yulunga Traditional Indigenous Games
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The Yulunga: Traditional Indigenous Games resource, produced by the Australian Sports Commission, was developed to provide all Australians with a greater understanding and appreciation of Indigenous culture. It combines curriculum principles and cultural traditions in sport-related activities for people of all ages, while ensuring the integrity of traditional games. It can be used in schools around Australia as an educational resource and as a guide to inclusive, structured sport within communities. 

 

Yulunga Traditional Indigenous Games

 
Exploring Reconciliation in Early Childhood Practice – Video

Take a look at this two part video found on the ecrh site (Early Childhood Research Hub) where you can listen to educators talk about the opportunities, challenges, mistakes and successes they have experienced as they have worked to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing and being in their everyday practice. Use the reflective questions in team meetings or on your own and make a plan of action – what will you do to ensure Aboriginal ways of knowing and being are embedded in your practices?

www.ecrh.edu.au> Exploring reconciliation in early childhood practice

 
Forever Learning – A digital story from Berrimba Child Care Centre

Learn about Berrimba Child Care Centre through this digital story. Berrimba Child Care Centre is a Multifunctional Aboriginal Children's Service based in Echuca, Victoria. SNAICC launched this digital story on their channel to help raise awareness about the important work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander integrated early years services. As you watch, think about how you connect and understand your community. How do you provide a culturally safe, welcoming and supportive learning environment for children?

Forever Learning – A digital story from Berrimba Child Care Centre

 
Aboriginal Cultural Awareness – Learning modules
DET Learning modules

This resource is in the form of three self-paced learning modules that will provide you with advice, resources and practical suggestions. The modules will ask you to listen, read, watch videos, reflect and take practical action such identifying your local Aboriginal Community.

The Department provides this online professional learning resource to assist staff and schools to develop their knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal cultures.

 

www.education.vic.gov.au

 
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day – Information sheet
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Learn about what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day is, why it is important and why culture and family matter.  

 

Let's talk: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day

 
Koorified – Aboriginal communication and well-being – A guide
Koorified-Aboriginal-Communication-and-Well_Being_Cover

This resource was developed through a partnership between the The School of Nursing and Midwifery at LaTrobe University and the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) ans is an informative resource for anyone who has an interest in learning more about communicating with Aboriginal people.

 

Koorified – Aboriginal Communication and Well-Being

 
Strengths of Australian Aboriginal cultural practices in family life and child rearing – Article
Strengths of Australian Aboriginal cultural practices in family life and child rearing_cover

From the Australian Government's Australian Institute of Family Studies comes this paper about the strengths of Australian Aboriginal cultural practices in family life and child rearing, have a read and learn.

 

www.aifs.gov.au

 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Cultural Needs – A guide
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Childrens Cultural needs_cover

This guide, developed by SNAICC, is not a formula but it will help you think about what cultural work might need to happen in your service and of the cultural needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.  

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Cultural Needs

 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Resource Portal – Website

This KidsMatter website portal brings together a range of public resources about the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

KidsMatter > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resource portal

 
Learning on Country – What do ya know?
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KidsMatter Ways comes from applying a mental health and wellbeing lens to work done in a range of areas. This e-book informs and underpins the KidsMatter Ways and aims to support educators with the ongoing process of embracing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of being, knowing and doing.

 

Learning on Country, KidsMatter - E book