Through exploring Aboriginal symbols and art children will be able to strengthen Aboriginal perspectives and Aboriginal knowledge in a creative and expressive way. According to EYLF, children’s different ways of connectedness with people, country and communities helps them to develop sense of identity and experiencing respectful relationships, strengthens their interest and skills, over the time this learning transforms the ways they interact with others (DEEWR,
The enactment of a number of important pieces of legislation, including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (QLD) Act 1975; the Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act 1976; the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976; the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation Act 1991; and, in response to the land rights cases of the 1990s, the Native Title Act 1993. 3. The gradual development of a new administrative and practical definition of ‘Aboriginality’. This definition was based on community and self-identification, not just a person’s DNA or
These include for example: children should be healthy, be safe in their environments, to make positive contribution to the society or be supported to enjoy life. Childrenâ€TMs Act 2006- this legislation replaced Childrenâ€TMs Act 1989. It reinforce the strategy role of local authorities to outline the duties related to child care which include working with NHS and Job centres; secure childcare for working parents, provide information services to parents and provide information and training for childcare providers.
This article by Opeskin (2013) aims to provide a detailed account of Australian courts that accurately reflects how it functions today. Opeskin (2013) considers this ‘State of the Australian Judicature’ address is the first detailed account of information about the Australian courts and judges since Chief Justice Barwick’s inaugural address to Australian Legal Convention in 1977. Opeskin (2013) describes the judicial system with the purpose of revealing patterns within the system, which may in turn prompt reflection about their purpose. The article’s focus is on the larger questions regarding how the judicial system has evolved in the relatively recent past. Opeskin’s (2013) article is segmented into six sections, with each addressing a different attribute of Australian courts and judges based on available data: size and growth, tiers of the court hierarchy, state versus federal judicial systems, civil versus criminal subject matter, regional dynamics, and gender composition.
One of the categories is “Children and youth”. The goal of this category is “Work with Aboriginal communities and organizations to provide meaningful support to Aboriginal children and youth on-and off-reserve and use resources effectively” (Aboriginal Affairs, 2005). Some of the strategies for this are to promote physical development, and promote healthy habits, support children with disabilities and give children support they may need to make good life choices (Aboriginal Affairs, 2005). A program that has already done something is in this category AHWS (aboriginal healing and wellness strategy) funding is given to the Nishnawbe Aski Nation to help people learn about youth suicide and how to identify some prevention strategies (Aboriginal Affairs, 2005). Another category is “Aboriginal Education”.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been subjected to a range of government policies and practices, since colonisation of Australia which began in the late 1700s. In 1997, the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission (HREOC) had submitted the Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families (the ‘Bringing them Home’, report) to the Australian Federal Government. The ‘Bringing them Home’ report made 54 recommendations about Australian policies and practices towards equal treatment of Australian Indigenous peoples. One such recommendation, (9b. ), requested “That all under-graduates and trainees in relevant professions receive, as part of their core curriculum,
Services have a wide range of diverse cultures and are accountable for providing opportunities and improving learning outcomes for all cultures. Educators are required to be accepting, respectful and understanding of all cultures and attend to children’s and their family’s individual needs and requirements of their cultures. One of the multitudes of varying cultures is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, which in South West Brisbane as at 30 June 2012 consisted of 3,222 people (2.1% of the total number of people in that area) and 155,824 people in the whole of Queensland (3.6% of the total Queensland population). Services should recognise the broader social, cultural and environmental influences and work in collaboration with other multicultural agencies to ensure the improvement and quality outcomes for children of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background. Services such as; Brisbane City Council, Department of Human Services, IFACSS, ATSICHS Brisbane and many more provide, physical, emotional, financial and medical support and also
Week ones study was focused on the Aboriginal Acknowledgement of Country and the Indigenous terms of reference. These are two very important topics as they focus on the interaction between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians, fostering a relationship a relationship of trust, respect and understanding. A proper understanding of the Aboriginal Terms of Reference is an integral tool for an aspiring teacher such as myself. They encompass the cultural knowledge, understanding and experiences that are at the center of the Indigenous culture (Oxenham, 1999). It is important to have an understanding of the background of any child that you are trying to educate, but it is especially important to establish a relationship with children who have
A large majority of Australians have been presented with a version of Australian history that has minimised and ignored important events regarding Aboriginal people that include many violent and painful deaths that until recently have been hidden quietly. History is extremely important in forming cultural identity which in turn leads to an increased sense of security and belonging. Therefore a need for shared history is required in Australia for recognising the history of both Aboriginal and non-aboriginal people (Gore, 2008). When studying the history of Australia it is important to recognise that it is a shared history. The shared history of Australia acknowledges that the history of Australia began long before the British started to
Literacy and numeracy are one of the fundamental knowledge for schooling Australian. The aim of the declarations is all Australian should have the value of democracy, equity, and justice and personal value, honest, resilience and respect of others (The Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs,
Fusing knowledge and culture, art empowers Aboriginal people with a voice and an undeniable presence. (Blacklock, 2015 p. 78). It is important to acknowledge the significant role art plays in Aboriginal culture in the context of evaluating art as a healing modality for traumatised Aboriginal children. “Art is the lifeblood of our communities, connecting us to the past, the present and the future – to each other,” (AGNSW, 2013, p. 17 from Blacklock, 2015, p.79).” Aboriginal art is history: it tells stories of the people, for the people and by the people” (Blacklock, p. 80), which incorporates the perspective and experiences of thing Aboriginal people have experiences, such as colonization and massacres (Blacklock, 2015) As Rosie Ware a Torres Strait Islander artist