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Respect, acknowledge and celebrate

March 28, 2022

Federation members have a long history and tradition of supporting the rights of Aboriginal teachers, students and their communities, as Aboriginal education is everybody’s business.

Our union has enjoyed an active partnership with the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) for more than 40 years, advising on the critical matters of social justice and human rights for Aboriginal people. We are proud to support the Uluru Statement from the Heart, a roadmap to achieve a voice to Parliament, treaty and truth telling.

Let’s continue to work together to ensure Aboriginal teachers, students and their communities are respected, acknowledged and celebrated. As Federation’s Aboriginal Education Coordinator, I lead the Aboriginal Education committees, work with Aboriginal Executive members and Aboriginal Councillors, and oversee all Aboriginal programs and events. You may contact me via aboriginaleducation@nswtf.org.au.

For your classroom
Federation resources are available to assist you with making positive contributions to Aboriginal education:

  • Aboriginal Education — 25 Year Approach: The Way Forward, incorporates the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Strategy template and includes a range of activities suitable for implementation in the workplace, stage or facility and classroom.
  • Welcome to Country/Acknowledgement of Country leaflet, outlines how to respectfully perform the ceremonies and explains their cultural significance.
  • Our library maintains a substantial collection of resources to support members to embed Aboriginal perspectives in their classrooms. Check the library catalogue and Hot Topics guides.
  • Further resources are available on our website.

Initiatives to empower Aboriginal members

  • Any member who identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is encouraged to have their name added to the Aboriginal Members Roll.
  • Aboriginal members may attend Aboriginal Members Conference, an annual event held in term 2 each year.
  • Aboriginal members may seek election to the Aboriginal Members Committee and the Aboriginal Education Restricted Committee.
  • We have an elected Aboriginal Member position on Executive.
  • There are five Aboriginal Member elected positions on state Council. An Aboriginal Members caucus is held on the Saturday morning of every Council meeting. All Councillors, proxies and observers are encouraged to attend; this is not for Aboriginal people only. Aboriginal TAFE members may also seek election as the Aboriginal representative on our TAFE Council.
  • Aboriginal members are also encouraged to attend their local Federation meetings, beginning teacher conferences (if relevant) and Trade Union Training courses.
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