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What is cultural appropriation and how do we avoid it?

By Deborah Hoger Cultural appropriation is when a dominant culture takes something from another culture that is experiencing oppression. In Australia, it usually refers to when a non-Indigenous person/organisation/group/business takes an element of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander culture and uses it without permission, cultural respect or any form of reciprocity or payment. In the […]

Avoiding the trap of cultural tokenism

NAIDOC week (originally scheduled for 5-12 July) may have been postponed for now, but celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is something early education services should be doing every day. Finding ways to celebrate in culturally respectful ways can sometimes be a difficult space to navigate.  Educators may […]

Lessons in cultural competence

Lessons in cultural competence

Early childhood programs should focus on cultural competence and inclusion as part of everyday practice, but how well do services manage cultural diversity of staff in early childhood settings? Adeline Teoh provides five ways to embrace cultural diversity in your service. The case for embracing cultural diversity is very clear, says Professor Tim Soutphommasane, human […]

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