Now More Than Ever #NRW2024

27 May – 3 June is National Reconciliation Week in Australia. This is a week that calls for all Australians to learn about shared histories, cultures, and achievements and explore how we can all contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. 

The theme for National Reconciliation Week in 2024 is: Now More Than Ever. The hashtag is #NRW2024. The Digital Child has compiled a list to highlight recent research and helpful resources. 

Digital Child Indigenous design

Created by Elaine Chambers, the Digital Child Indigenous design was created with the main focus of the hand that navigates through the internet and the digital process.

The artist writes: I have chosen to create the hand like a child’s hand, and added dots around to represent our people. There are markings around the main circle that represent our mob from the water, the land, and how we are all connected.

The lines and circles jutting out from the main circle represent the internet, and it’s connection to everywhere. This is similar to how sometimes we may design our pathways or connections to mob and areas, but used in a square format. The colours used are of the land and water and the sky.

‘It’s about making our children feel proud’: how schools can learn about local Indigenous language and culture

Published in The Conversation. Written by Marnee Shay, Fred Cobb, Grace Sarra, and Margaret Kettle

Schools can play a big role in Indigenous language revitalisation and creating a strong sense of identity and belonging for students, supporting their wellbeing and learning. Our new research shows how this can be done through co-designing curriculum resources with local communities that privilege local knowledge, strengths, stories and languages.

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There’s $110 million for Indigenous education in the budget. But where’s the evidence it will work?

Published in The Conversation. Written by Marnee Shay and Grace Sarra

The 2024 federal budget contains A$110 million for Indigenous education. This includes funding for various different organisations to represent and help Indigenous people as well as scholarships in a bid to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous learning and achievement.

But what are these measures based on?

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Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Education Minister Jason Clare visited Stuart Park Primary in Darwin in March. Lukas Coch/AAP

‘Co-design’ is the latest buzzword in Indigenous education policy. Does it live up to the hype?

Published in The Conversation. Written by Marnee Shay and Grace Sarra

Co-design is also increasingly used in education circles.

Educational policies are emphasising the importance of schools and Indigenous peoples and communities working together in improving educational outcomes for Indigenous peoples.

But what does it mean and does it stand up to the hype? Our research has identified three clear ways we can improve co-design.

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Yolngu artist Dhambit Mununggurr works on a painting during the 2023 Garma Festival. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Strength Basing, Empowering and Regenerating Indigenous Knowledge Education

By Dr John Davis

Strength Basing, Empowering and Regenerating Indigenous Knowledge Education demonstrates how to bring Indigenous Knowledges to the forefront of education practice and provides educators with the tools to enact culturally responsive curricula and pedagogies, ensuring positive educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and students.

Providing a roadmap toward transformational education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and students, this book will be essential reading for pre- and in-service educators alike.

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Resources

Reconciliation Australia provides a variety of posters and resources for non-commercial use. These include posters, virtual meeting backgrounds, web banners, social tiles, colouring sheets and files to create your own t-shirts.

Narragunnawali supports schools and early learning services to foster knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.

SNAICC is the national voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. They have a library of resources available for purchase on the SNAICC online store.

Respect, Relationships, and Reconciliation provides teaching resources developed for educators that provide a range of pedagogical practices to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander students.

Koori Education has a new resource for your National Reconciliation Week activities. You can access the resource by signing up on their website.