National Reconciliation Week
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is held from 27 May to 3 June each year and it is a great opportunity for schools to get involved with reconciliation. NRW is a time to celebrate and build on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. It’s about joining the reconciliation conversation and reflecting on our shared histories, contributions and achievements. To get involved visit the NRW website.
Share our Pride
Share our Pride is a website all about sharing and promoting positive stories about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and perspectives. It’s an excellent resource for learning. Visit the Share our Pride website here.
Reconciliation Australia distributes simple and straightforward factsheets to answer questions about a range of issues important to reconciliation. These factsheets are excellent resources for schools to use in encouraging debate, combating misinformation and stimulating important conversations. The factsheets cover a wide variety of topics and can be easily used by teachers across a variety of Australian Curriculum content areas as well as in your wider school community.
Our Constitution was written more than a century ago but Australia’s founding document does not recognise the first Australians and it still lets the States ban people from voting based on their race. With the new Civics and Citizenship curriculum in development, the Recognise campaign has produced a schools kit aimed at years 10-12. The kit is designed to assist teachers and students to understand the efforts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and government in the struggle for rights and freedoms in Australia, and to encourage critical and creative thought on justice, right and wrong, freedom, truth, identity and empathy. View the schools kit here
Australian Reconciliation Network
A number of state-based reconciliation councils have long-running localised school engagement programs that may be of interest to your school. Reconciliation Australia encourages schools to contact these state-based independent bodies for more information about local school-specific activities and resources. Find out more here
NSW Schools Reconciliation Challenge
The NSW Schools Reconciliation Challenge is run by the NSW Reconciliation Council. It is a reconciliation art project, open for entries during term one (29 January – 12 April 2013).The competition is open to all young people aged ten – sixteen; Indigenous and non-Indigenous; of all abilities. Winning artworks will be exhibited at the Australian Museum for three months, and the artists flown in to Sydney to attend the exhibition launch. Click here for more information.
Teacher Education Packs
For a number of years, Reconciliation South Australia Inc has produced education packs for use by teachers. The packs address a variety of themes and many are linked to Australian Curriculum. Topics include; Citizenship: Let’s Talk Recognition, The 1967 Referendum, Celebrating a Shared History, Forgotten Heroes: Honouring Service and Sacrifice and The Stolen Generations. Click here for more information.
Dare to Lead
Dare to Lead is a commonwealth funded national project with a focus on improving educational outcomes for Indigenous students. Dare to Lead began in 2000 when representatives of the four peak principals associations met at a national forum and agreed that Indigenous education would be their highest priority. It is an initiative of the profession and specifically of the Principals Australia Institute acting on behalf of its members and their associations. The Project is funded by the Australian Government with the support of the Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). Dare to Lead is now in its third phase, with currently over 53% of all Australian schools (more than 5300) signed on as Coalition members. Visit the Dare to Lead website here.
Indigenous Education Consultative Bodies
The National IECB Network refers to the collective grouping of the six state and two territory Indigenous Education Consultative Bodies (IECB). Across Australia, IECBs are the peak community advocacy and advisory body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education within their jurisdiction. For more information about your State or Territory’s IECB
Reconciliation in Australia Book series
Reconciliation Australia partnered with educational publishing house Macmillan Education to produce a series of books aimed at upper primary/lower secondary level. The six part series addresses schools, society, sport, the arts, environment and health.
Find out more here.
Apology to the Stolen Generations
Reconciliation Australia has coordinated some online resources to assist you in understanding and commemorating the anniversary of the apology to the Stolen Generations.
For more information about any of these resources or to point us in the direction of other quality resources