Review: Sacred Cows

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This weekend I had an opportunity to read Sacred Cows (Magabala Books) by Anita Heiss. It’s a quick, but very good read. I reviewed it this week during the first of our After Dinner with the Critical Classroom.

“After Dinner” with The Critical Classroom on Google Hangouts

Ever since Hangouts on Air was born, I’ve wanted to host a Critical Classroom hangout. I think they’re potentially a fantastic tool to reach out to teachers from all over Australia. Well, tonight we’re holding our very first Hangout on Air and your’e all invited. At 7.30pm, Eastern Australian time, we’ll be hosting “After Dinner … Continue reading “After Dinner” with The Critical Classroom on Google Hangouts

Fiona Foley – Courage

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Last week I went along to the opening of Fiona Foley’s latest solo exhibition, Courage, at Redcliffe City Art Gallery.  The exhibition is a retrospective of sorts, featuring works from a number of bodies of work from Fiona’s practice over the three decades.

Can I just pick your brains? or What’s Indigenous Knowledge worth to you?

A quick post that’s really just asking a question … If you decide to undertake a research degree (ie. a research Masters or a PhD) and your chosen topic is around Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultures, peoples, communities etc, is there not an assumption that you will have a least a little more than … Continue reading Can I just pick your brains? or What’s Indigenous Knowledge worth to you?

The Attorney-General responds to my letter

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As many of you will know, I do not agree with the Commonwealth Government’s proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act that will see section 18C amended/repealed. I believe that the amendments will give permission to vilify, insult and offend Aboriginal people, and others. Last year I wrote a letter to various members of parliament, … Continue reading The Attorney-General responds to my letter

Identity and belonging

We recently created a new product, Celebrate with Mini-Bunting. In itself “bunting” is hardly an authentic cultural activity, nor is it going to set the world on fire in solving serious issues. But, we created the bunting as part of our personal celebrations for Black History Month, and NAIDOC. Creating these little fiddly pieces of … Continue reading Identity and belonging

That’s a RAP: When your RAP and your practice are out of sync

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A Reconciliation Action Plan or RAP, is a plan or strategy that organisations develop to assist them to “build stronger relationships and enhance respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. A RAP also sets out the organisation’s aspirational plans to drive greater equality by pursuing sustainable opportunities”

Aboriginal Studies Association Annual Conference

A belated update from my attendance at the Aboriginal Studies Association Conference in December. This is now the fifth year of the Aboriginal Studies Association (ASA) Conference since its renewal and reinvention in 2009.  This year’s theme ABORIGINAL STUDIES in an era of CURRICULUM CHANGE acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures as a cross curriculum priority … Continue reading Aboriginal Studies Association Annual Conference