Incorporating perspectives without being tokenistic

A question from FP in Sydney – “how do teachers incorporate Aboriginal perspectives across all KLAs without it appearing wishy washy or tokenistic“ This is a key question to being an effective teacher. If we image that teaching is both being able to interact with and engage with learner, while at the same time knowing … Continue reading Incorporating perspectives without being tokenistic

WYP: Creating effective relationships with families

A question from LB in Brisbane: Do you have any tips or ideas on how best form and nurture ‘effective relationships’ with Indigenous students and their family? Thanks for your question LB. I can only speak from personal experience, but for me, the key to forming and nurturing effective relationships with Indigenous students and their … Continue reading WYP: Creating effective relationships with families

2012 Deadly Singles of the Year – some class ideas

One of the categories at the 2012 Deadly Awards is Single of the Year. Each song in this category is very different and spans a range of different styles and genres. Each artist expresses different ideas in their music – some sing about identity, some sing about music, and others love. We have found links … Continue reading 2012 Deadly Singles of the Year – some class ideas

The Deadlys

It’s time to celebrate The Deadlys. Created in 1997, The Deadlys celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians, artists, sports people and community leaders. In 2012 the Deadly Awards will be held on the 25th of September at the Sydney Opera House. The Deadlys, like the NAIDOC awards, provide a positive affirmation of identity and … Continue reading The Deadlys

You have no customers in your Cafe? Do you blame them for not coming or do work harder to make your Cafe better?

This is the analogy that Ian Mackie from the Department of Education in Queensland raised today at the Dare to Lead’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Conference. His paper raised a number of questions: Can we continue to blame parents and communities who are unable to support our industrial education system? Is that the … Continue reading You have no customers in your Cafe? Do you blame them for not coming or do work harder to make your Cafe better?

Aboriginal diggers fighting for recognition of their service

Our nation have fallen short on all accounts when it comes to our treatment of our Indigenous servicemen and women. Pastor Denis Atkinson In our previous posts about an Indigenous perspective of ANZAC Day, we wrote about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women being discriminated against. Here is a link to Uncle John … Continue reading Aboriginal diggers fighting for recognition of their service

ANZAC Day from an Indigenous perspective – online resources

I posted recently three conceptualisations of ANZAC Day from an Indigenous perspective. This post provides a number of useful online resources based on these ideas. The War of ColonisationThe war of colonisation has not been recognised as a “war” despite the devastation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and cultures. Some useful resources:  National … Continue reading ANZAC Day from an Indigenous perspective – online resources

Exploring ANZAC Day from an Indigenous perspective

[Note: This post contains images, words and works of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are now deceased]   We can understand ANZAC Day in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in a number of different ways. Here are three ways of conceptualising Indigenous responses – 1) Challenge the authority of ANZAC … Continue reading Exploring ANZAC Day from an Indigenous perspective