Building a practice of engagement

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I’ve recently started following Arash Daneshzadeh on Twitter (and now on Medium too). His post from July 2014 reminded me about Freire’s Banking Concept of Education (teacher as knowledge holder deposits knowledge into students). It’s resonating with me because I’m currently writing a unit for ACU for pre-service teachers, and I’m mid-way through writing and feeling … Continue reading Building a practice of engagement

Language, assumptions and spreading untruths

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During the week Senator Eric Abetz referred to the United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as ‘negro’. In the context of Senator Abetz’s comments I would argue that it was not acceptable and demonstrates that the Senator has not moved with the times.

Review: Beautiful One Day

Beautiful One Day is a play by Ilbijerri Theatre Company in partnership with Belvoir Street Theatre. The play is a response to the Palm Island Riots due to the failure of the Queensland Government to seek deliver justice in a death in custody case. I had an opportunity to see the work last week at … Continue reading Review: Beautiful One Day

Adam Goodes and David Jones

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You would have to be in Facebook purgatory not to know about the latest uproar about Adam Goodes. This week David Jones announced that Adam was appointed one of twelve brand ambassadors for the chain, and the crowd went wild (and not in a good way).

Support SOS Blak Australia

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SOS Blak Australia is a grassroots movement in Australia that formed in response to the Western Australian governments proposed/actual closures of Aboriginal Communities. While the initial protests, in ‘real life’, ie. on the streets, have slowed down, the work of these dedicated activists continues on.

Please support Canaipa Island

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We are asking for your support for our Quandamooka Brothers and Sisters. The Department of Natural Resources and Mines currently has a proposal to assign the officially named Russell Island, the dual names of Russell Island/Canaipa Island. This co-existing dual name protocol will exist until the Aboriginal name becomes commonplace. At this point it will … Continue reading Please support Canaipa Island

Learning Indigenous Language is one of the keys to self-determination

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Reclaiming and cultivating Indigenous language has to be one of the fundamental principles of self-determination. Language is one of those forces that shapes our understanding of the world, and in turn helps to shape the way we see the world. Language is much more than just “what’s the language word for x?”. While there is … Continue reading Learning Indigenous Language is one of the keys to self-determination

Erasing the Rowley Line

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We can’t underestimate the impact that historical thinking has on our thinking today. The Rowley Linewas literally a line drawn by sociologist CD Rowley across a map of Australia to artificially divide Aboriginal Peoples and communities into two distinct and binary groups – colonial/remote and settled.