Better Understanding Indigenous Culture through Education
Indigenous people in Australia have been oppressed for centuries. It is only recently that their voices are being heard and their stories are being told. If you want to learn more about the history and culture of Indigenous Australians, there are many resources available – here are some of the best:
Children’s Ground is an organization that works to create a bright future for Indigenous children. They provide early childhood education, health services, and family support. They also work to create employment opportunities and build community capacity.
The website includes a section on history and culture, with resources for both adults and children. These resources are divided into topics such as country, language, traditions, and Dreamtime stories. There is also a section on the Stolen Generations, which is a must-read for anyone wanting to learn more about Indigenous history in Australia.
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Strategy
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Strategy (NAATIES) was developed by the Australian Government in 2009. It contains a comprehensive plan for improving education outcomes for Indigenous students.
The Strategy includes four key priorities: school attendance, engagement and retention; early childhood development; teacher quality; and leadership and governance. Each priority contains actions that need to be taken in order to achieve positive outcomes.
The website also has a section on history and culture, with resources for both educators and students alike. The resources are divided into topics such as families, elders, communities, and country.
“Walkabout” by James Vance Marshall
First published in 1959, this classic novel tells the story of two young siblings who are stranded in the Australian Outback after their father dies. They must rely on their bush skills – and the help of an Aboriginal boy – to survive. This book gives an astonishing insight to Aboriginal culture and the outback of Australia in general – it’s well worth a read.
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These are just some of the many resources available for those who want to learn more about Indigenous culture in Australia. By educating ourselves about the history and culture of Indigenous Australians, we can help create a better future for all Australians.