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The World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education

Presentations from staff who attended the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education in Toronto, Canada

The World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) was held from 24 to 28 July 2017 in Toronto, Canada. Conference presentations focused on education from the early years to adult learning and showcased stories of the strength and resilience of Indigenous peoples.  Presenters shared their language, culture and histories from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States of America, Hawaii, Taiwan, Japan, Norway, Finland and South Africa.

Eight departmental staff were selected to attend WIPCE to further their knowledge and professional learning. A symposium was held on 16 March 2018 in the William Wilkins Gallery to provide an opportunity for attendees to share learnings on contemporary movements in education that support Indigenous worldviews.

Watch the Symposium film presentations below from departmental staff that attended the 2017 World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education.

The World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE 2017) Symposium

Languages Education: Karrimurrngrayekworren

Mark Pilkington, English as Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) Advisor, Aboriginal Education and Communities Directorate

Karrimurrngrayekworren is a phrase in the language of Kunwinjku which means, ‘working together we are making everyone strong.’

This presentation provides examples from countries where the teaching and learning of Aboriginal languages is changing the lives of people. The stories presented showcase the resilience and strengths in communities and provide thought-provoking ideas for implementing Aboriginal languages in NSW Public Schools.

Mark is from the Northern Territory and has worked in schools in South Australia, Northern Territory and New South Wales.

Building Aboriginal Student Resiliency through Story

Kerrie Corr, Head Teacher, Windsor High School

This presentation focusses on diabetes in Indigenous populations and the benefits of culturally framing diabetes education.

Kerrie has a long association with Aboriginal education and is Head Teacher and co-ordinator of Aboriginal Education at Windsor High School. Kerrie facilitates the Allawah Day, which is a day of sharing culture with community for all Aboriginal students across the Hawkesbury region.

Revitalisation of Aboriginal Languages

Bradley Widders, Aboriginal Education Officer, Armidale City Public School

This presentation describes how Aboriginal people have recorded and taught Aboriginal languages, and the use of cultural immersion in language revitalisation.

Bradley works at Armidale City Public School as the Aboriginal Education Officer. Over the past two years Bradley has worked with local Elders and knowledge holders on reviving the local Anaiwan language.

Importance of Collegiality

Matthew Jackman, Principal, La Perouse Public School

This presentation focuses on implementing Aboriginal languages in schools, and the importance of providing Aboriginal staff opportunities to lead language and cultural educational experiences.

Matthew is the Principal of La Perouse Public School and uses creativity to develop an engaging, inclusive and supportive environment for his students. Matthew is working with the La Perouse Aboriginal Land Council, Gajaga and the school’s parent body to implement the Dharawal language in La Perouse Public School. Matthew’s talk is about the importance of collegiality.

A Celebration of Resilience: Living and Learning in Two Worlds

Natalie Pierson, Aboriginal Education and Wellbeing Advisor, Ultimo Operational Directorate

This presentation is based around the workshop delivered by the Elders at Wiluna Remote Community School. Wiluna Remote Community School is located on the land of the Martu people in the Western Central Desert (Wiluna is situated 1000 kilometres northeast of Perth and 550 kilometres north of Kalgoorlie). The presentation discusses the importance of Language, Country, Place and People (Cross Curriculum priority area).

Natalie is a proud Aboriginal woman from La Perouse and is a passionate advocate for Aboriginal Education. She is the Aboriginal Education and Wellbeing Advisor for the Ultimo Operational Directorate and provides strategic support and advice to schools, school services, communities and key stakeholders in all areas of Aboriginal Education.

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