Reconciliation Week is just around the corner! It is a great time to engage your school in discussions about Aboriginal perspectives and your school’s approach towards them. Because it is Reconciliation Week, people tend to make more time to consider how they can play a part in working towards reconciliation. People are more open to activities that increase engagement and understanding of Aboriginal people, cultures and histories than they are at other times of the year when other priorities are often the focus.
This year’s theme is Be Brave. Make Change. It encourages us all to reflect on our practice and look at the changes we can make. Change is one of those funny things that we want because it opens up opportunities and can make us feel energised and motivated but at the same time, change can feel challenging as it forces us out of our comfort zones. I love that this year’s theme acknowledges that change isn’t always easy and that sometimes we need to be brave and step out of our comfort zone so we can experience the benefits of change.
This year I encourage you to consider change within your school that can support increased awareness and understanding of Aboriginal people and the issues that our communities are faced with. We all have different appetites for change and when trying to make change within a school, navigating the varying attitudes towards change is part of the challenge. Changing how people think about Aboriginal education is not an easy task but it is an important one. Making change at a pace that everyone is comfortable with is not easy but a gentle approach, in my experience, does work for most environments even if it is a little slower than many of us would like. With this in mind, here are 5 simple actions that you can take to encourage a long-term change in approach towards Aboriginal education at your school.
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