Introductory Webinar : The importance of reconciliation in education

Over the past week it has become increasingly apparent the importance of understanding First Nations issues and Australia’s need to ensure that education is inclusive and embraces truth telling, race relations and the appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and contributions.

This free webinar is designed to:

  1. Support reconciliation initiatives in education at all levels.
  2. Build teacher and educator confidence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, histories and cultures.
  3. Introduce curriculum-based classroom and professional learning resources aligned with the Professional Standards for Teachers.
  4. Offer networking  opportunities to share ideas and skills.
Reconciliation NSW has partnered with Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali team to support schools and early learning services in NSW to take action toward reconciliation in the classroom, around the school and with the community.

Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali online platform supports educators to foster a high level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.

This webinar will introduce you to  Uncle Jimmy Smith who will acknowledge Country and answer cultural questions, and the work of Reconciliation NSW and the Schools Reconciliation Challenge. You will also learn about Narragunnawali  professional learning and curriculum resources, as well as the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), development process, to support a whole-school or service commitment to reconciliation.

Presenters

Uncle Jimmy Smith

Uncle Jimmy Smith is an Aboriginal educator and cultural practitioner. Jimmy comes from Erambie mission outside the town of Cowra, New South Wales. He holds a Bachelor of Adult Education and a Masters in Education (Aboriginal Studies) and has extensive experience in teaching Aboriginal art, culture and heritage in Australia and abroad.

In his role as a cultural practitioner, Jimmy’s scope and breadth ranges from early childhood, primary, high school to university, TAFE and community groups. He has worked with the Australian Museum, EORA TAFE Redfern, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, the AECG and other agencies that employ him as a cultural educator.

Julie Bover

Julie Bover is an early childhood and primary teacher who has taught in the sector for 14 years. She has a Master of Education focussed on contemporary issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education. Julie is passionate about ensuring all Australian students have opportunities to learn about and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions and believes this is the key to advancing reconciliation in Australia. Julie lives and works in Canberra on Ngunnawal and Ngambri Country.

Thea Butler

Thea has been working with Reconciliation NSW for the past 2 years and has a background in communications, online media, project & event management and working/volunteering in cultural and social justice spaces. Thea has a Master of Education; Social Ecology and is particularly interested in stories of place and belonging, identity and facilitating strong reciprocal relationships.

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