Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Education
Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn (CECG) respectfully acknowledges the ancestors of this country and pays respect to their descendants as custodians of this land. On this land, families live, work and play, children learn of customs and culture, traditions are passed from generation to generation, wisdom is shared, and life is still celebrated in harmony with the natural environment.
CECG honours the Elders past and present who have laid the foundations for self-determination and rights for Aboriginal Peoples. We thank them for the unique gift of their traditions and cultures, and we commit to working together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples for reconciliation and justice.
2018-2019 Focus: Culture and Identity
Through the delivery of the Australian Curriculum, Catholic Education will acknowledge, respect and reflect the histories, values, languages and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
All Australian children and young people have the opportunity to learn about the histories and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
‘We are all Visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love ….. and then we return home”
‘You are part of Australia and Australia is part of you. And the Church herself in Australia will not be fully the Church that Jesus wants her to be until you have made your contribution to her life and until that contribution has been joyfully received by others. (Pope John Paul II Alice Springs 1986)
We cultivated our land, but in a way different from the white man. We endeavoured to live with the land; they seemed to live off it. I was taught to preserve, never to destroy. - Aborigine Tom Dystra
"Maintaining one's culture, values and traditions is beyond price. Human beings cannot live without that. We are glad to share our culture with Europeans and other migrants but we will never give them up." - Getano Lui, jnr, Thursday Island, 1994
"Being Aboriginal is not the colour of your skin or how broad your nose is. It is a spiritual feeling, an identity you know in your heart. ... It is a unique feeling that is difficult for non-Aboriginal to fully understand." - Linda Burney, 2010
‘The hour has come for you to take on new courage and new hope> You are called to remember the past, to be faithful to your worthy traditions, and to adapt your living culture whenever this is required by your own needs and those of your fellowman.’ - Pope John Paul II 1986
When educators establish respectful caring relationships with children and families, they are able to work together to construct curriculum and learning experiences relevant to the children in their local context. These experiences gradually expand children’s knowledge and understanding of the world.
Belonging Being & Becoming
Priority Area #2 of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aboriginal Education Strategy
Principles of Pedagogy
P1 Everyone can Learn
P2 a deep understanding of curriculum provides content and context for learning
P4 Positive relationships are at the heart of effective teaching
P5 holding high expectations of all students is a commitment to justice
P7 learning is inspired and celebrated in community