This morning’s Sydney Morning Herald has raised quite a stir on social media this morning and I just spoke with Fiona Wyllie on ABC’s Statewide Drive program this afternoon about it. I’m not sure my brief conversation will be archived, so I thought I’d capture some thoughts there about it. In a Sydney Morning Herald … Continue reading How far do you go in bringing history home for today’s children?
Exploring National Reconciliation Week As Reconciliation Week draws to a close, it is timely to remember that “Reconciliation” in whatever form it might take for you, your family, school and organisation, is something that must be kept at the forefront of our minds not just for one week but throughout the year.
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
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
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
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
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
In 1788 down Sydney Cove The first boat-people land Said sorry boys our gain’s your loss We gonna steal your land And if you break our new British laws For sure you’re gonna hang Or work your life like convicts With chains on your neck and hands …. These haunting words opened Kev Carmody’s 2016 … Continue reading Kev Carmody, poet, musician, historian
On this day over 160 years Aboriginal warrior and leader Dundalli was executed in Brisbane. While he was a resistance fighter for over a decade, he was seen as a murderer and a criminal by the colonial authorities. On the 5th of January each year a small number of dedicated people remember his life and … Continue reading Remembering Dundalli, executed 5 January 1855
For the third year in a row, QPAC, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre has hosted Clancestry, a festival of South East Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.