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Cultural competencies

Cultural competencies

Professional learning

Access free professional learning modules that support understandings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and people. These modules are designed for use by all educators working in early years settings. They can be done by individuals or would lend themselves to use by a team as the basis for discussion.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children's cultural needs

This resource aims to 'unpack' what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people mean when they refer to culture and cultural needs. It includes some focus questions and opportunities for professional reflection that could be used in staff meetings to extend understandings in this area.

Becoming culturally competent: Ideas that support practice

Explore some stories of what individual services have done to develop their cultural competencies.

Cultural competence for staff

Reflect on the current level of cultural competence at your service, and learn how staff can build and extend knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. You can also give children opportunities to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

Including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and perspectives in early childhood education and care services

This PDF was produced by the WA-based Yorganop Association, but has broader usefulness in terms of some of the links included here.

Koorified

Language reflects meaning, values and culture. This resource helps you understand oral and body language used by Aboriginal people in south-eastern Australia.

Perspectives on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competence

This article provides some great pointers for thinking about your own and other cultures, including examples of the most effective and least effective forms of cultural competence.

What does it mean to be culturally competent?

ACECQA national leader Rhonda Livingstone writes about cultural competencies, including a list of the skills of educators who respect diversity and are culturally competent.

Why is this important?

'Embedding Aboriginal perspectives – how do we incorporate it into our program?', 'I'm too scared to even try.', 'What if I do, or say, the wrong thing?' If these questions and statements are familiar, this article may help. Sharron 'Mirii' Lindh, a Gamilaroi Wiradjuri woman and early childhood educator, talks about why it is important to learn more about embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives.

Working with Aboriginal people and communities: A practice resource

This is a useful resource to help you understand and use a consistent approach to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. It includes some tips around communication across cultures. While it was developed for people working in NSW, it is relevant to a broader audience.

Cultural information: Some starting points

Aboriginal ceremonies, The Dreaming and ceremonial practices

Learn more about each of these elements of Aboriginal ways of knowing, being and doing.

Birth ceremonies, totems and rites in Aboriginal society

There is a diverse range of Aboriginal birth ceremonies throughout Australia. This PDF provides some introductory information.

Defining Aboriginal stories

Find out more about the importance of oral traditions and about the types of oral histories that exist in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

Indigenous seasonal descriptions

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander seasonal calendars differ substantially according to location. Find out new ways of seeing the seasons: the 'Indigenous seasonal descriptions' resource gives you information about the Miriwoong, Ngoongar and D'harawal calendars.

Learning on Country

This KidsMatter resource provides succinct advice about how to include more effective involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in your service and how to develop cultural competencies in this area.

Let's talk sacred ground

Many places in Australia have dual names. Find out more in this Reconciliation Australia PDF.

Local sites, events and excursions

Work with your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to talk about significant sites and events that are appropriate for children.

Relationships to Country: Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people

ACECQA national leader Rhonda Livingstone writes about cultural competencies, including a list of the skills of educators who respect diversity and are culturally competent.

Torres Strait Islander seasonal calendar

The 'Torres Strait Islander seasonal calendar' is a beautiful calendar representing key elements within the changing seasons in the Torres Strait.

Visibly demonstrate respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait cultures

This webpage provides ideas for how to visibly demonstrate respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures at your service.

Visual arts and Aboriginal knowledge

This PDF aims to help understandings of the ceremonial significance and roles that visual arts practices have within Aboriginal language groups throughout Australia.

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© 2016 Commonwealth of Australia, unless otherwise indicated
Supported by the Australian Government.
© 2016 Commonwealth of Australia,unless otherwise indicated