Category Archives: Reconciliation

Stan Grant: How my early years shaped me

In a very personal meditation on identity and race, STAN GRANT—journalist, author and proud Wiradjuri man—talks about his experiences coming to terms with being himself in Australia. Talking to My Country is a challenge and an invitation, written in the wake of the 2015 debate over the treatment of AFL player Adam Goodes. Grant says […]

Controversy over Sorry Sorry—a welcome debate arising from ECA’s Reconciliation Symposium

When a popular children’s picture book came under the spotlight at ECA’s 2018 Reconciliation Symposium in May, it was ‘reconciliation in action’: a chance to express and hear strong, conflicting views, to listen, learn and rethink. For ECA, it triggered reflection and a search for more perspectives. An important and expanding part of ECA’s work […]

What is reconciliation?

National Reconciliation Week (27 May–3 June) is a time for all Australians to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, share that knowledge and help us grow as a nation. This year’s theme—‘Don’t keep history a mystery’—makes it personal, inviting each of us to learn more. ECA’s commitment to Reconciliation deepens […]

Australia Day—it’s time to change

The role of early childhood education and care in the social and political life of our nation has never been more apparent. As the national conversation about changing the date of Australia Day accelerates—and, at least in some quarters, becomes a topic of lively and respectful debate—early childhood educators are participating and many are pausing […]

Our Reconciliation Journey

One of the underlying principles of the Early Years Learning Framework is respect for diversity and “for Australia, it also includes promoting greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing” and wellbeing (EYLF, 2010, p.13). At Wagner Road Early Childhood Centre and Kindergarten, we have been travelling on our reconciliation journey for […]

Reflections on cultural awareness

Until very recently, as a born and bred Melbournian, I have had little to no knowledge or contact with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage. My knowledge came from small sections of high school history classes and from reading Rabbit Proof Fence; definitely not enough to gain an understanding of the vast culture […]

8 ways of learning since the Reconciliation Symposium

Incorporating culture into the curriculum In May, a group of us from Queen Elizabeth Childcare Centre attended the ECA Reconciliation Symposium held in Adelaide. Wanting more insight and knowledge surrounding reconciliation and Aboriginal culture we attended with high expectations and enthusiasm and things have certainly snowballed from there. We came back to our service inspired […]

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