Indigenous Science Resources

Indigenous Resources for National Science Week

With National Science Week upon us, it’s timely to reflect on the range of Indigenous science resources available online to students and their teachers. Our top picks include: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance is a national body that seeks to bring together organisations, communities, institutes and individuals with the goal of inspiring, promoting … Continue reading Indigenous Science Resources

Anniversary Yirrkala Bark Petitions

The Yirrkala Bark Petitions

On the 14th August 1963, the Yirrkala Bark Petitions were tabled in the Commonwealth House of Representatives. The petitions were written in Yolngu Matha and English. They were a protest against the decision to grant mining leases without consultant. The 1963 barks and those that followed in 1968, 1988 and in 2008, represent an expression … Continue reading Anniversary Yirrkala Bark Petitions

Getting ready for a big July: NAIDOC and Black History Month

Celebrating July with Coming of the Light, NAIDOC Week, Black History Month

July is a big month. We have three big celebrations coming up – Black History Month (1st – 31st) Coming of the Light are coming up (1st of July) NAIDOC Week (7th – 14th) If you’re new to teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and knowledges, you could be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed. There … Continue reading Getting ready for a big July: NAIDOC and Black History Month

Choosing Indigenous education resources for the classroom

Choosing Indigenous Education Resources for the classroom

How do you choose appropriate Indigenous Education resources for your classroom? These are guidelines only. You may find that a resource won’t fit all of the guidelines listed below, but it’s a start to guide your research. Authority: Does the author have either cultural or academic authority to speak on the topic presented? It’s important to … Continue reading Choosing Indigenous education resources for the classroom

On Aboriginal Sovereignty

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I want to draw your attention to one of the panels as part of the Clancestry Conversation series. The panel #SoveriegntyX was curated by event’s curator Dr Chelsea Bond. Each of these mini-orations provide us with excellent resources that can be used in the classroom across discussions in media, English, cultural studies, Australian studies, education, … Continue reading On Aboriginal Sovereignty

Building a practice of engagement

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I’ve recently started following Arash Daneshzadeh on Twitter (and now on Medium too). His post from July 2014 reminded me about Freire’s Banking Concept of Education (teacher as knowledge holder deposits knowledge into students). It’s resonating with me because I’m currently writing a unit for ACU for pre-service teachers, and I’m mid-way through writing and feeling … Continue reading Building a practice of engagement

Language, assumptions and spreading untruths

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During the week Senator Eric Abetz referred to the United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as ‘negro’. In the context of Senator Abetz’s comments I would argue that it was not acceptable and demonstrates that the Senator has not moved with the times.