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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 […]

International Mother Language Day – Saving Indigenous languages

International Mother Language Day, which will be observed on Friday 21 February, celebrates linguistic and cultural diversity and draws attention to the loss of languages – 43% of the world’s 6000 languages are considered ‘endangered’, and we lose another language every fortnight. The United Nations declared 2019 The Year of Indigenous Languages in order to […]

Inclusive preschools build school participation: Ngroo Education’s story

Inclusive preschools The issue of consistently low educational outcomes for Indigenous Australians often shines the spotlight on the early childhood sector. But as CELA writer Margaret Paton explores, the problem begins with low participation rates for Aboriginal children in early learning, an area Ngroo Education in NSW has been working on solidly for seven years […]

Embedding Aboriginal cultural perspectives in your service

As educators in Australia, it’s important to include Aboriginal cultural perspectives in the work that we do. But it can be hard to know where to start. Students in one of our recent ‘Aboriginal Cultural Perspectives in Education and Care: A Starting Point’ courses spoke to us outside the classroom, sharing their experience of the […]

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