Reconciliation Victoria believes educating students about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, and Australia's true history, is fundamental to achieving long-term change and meaningful reconciliation. As a part of this work, Reconciliation Victoria is working with Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali team and key education stakeholders to more deeply understand the Victorian education sectors needs in the reconciliation space and to identify what could be our unique contribution in supporting Victorian schools and early learning services in understanding and promoting a holistic and collaborative approach to reconciliation.

Reconciliation Victoria’s work in education is aligned to the Victorian Government’s Marrung Aboriginal Education Plan, working with key stakeholders towards ensuring the entire school community understands and respects Koorie culture, history, knowledge and contributions. This project will focus on supporting teachers and educators to drive this cultural change in their schools/centres.

This project has two streams:

• Promoting the Narragunnawali online resource for schools and early learning services to support reconciliation.

• Establishing Reconciliation Victoria’s future work supporting reconciliation in schools and early learning services based on local needs.

NARRAGUNNAWALI

Reconciliation Australia's Narragunnawali (pronounced narra-gunna-wally) is a national program that provides free curriculum resources that are accessible for everyone. Reconciliation Victoria has partnered with Reconciliation Australia's Narragunnawali team to support schools and early learning services in Victoria to take meaningful action towards reconciliation in the classroom, around the school and with the community. Narragunnawali provides practical ways of introducing and strengthening knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions in Australian schools and early learning services.

To learn more about Narragunnawali, click here.

To learn more about how to get started on Narragunnawali and how Reconciliation Victoria can support your school and early learning service's journey in reconciliation, contact us at
education@reconciliationvic.org.au

WEBINARS

RECONCILIATION IN EDUCATION - ABORIGINAL CHANGE MAKERS

In May 2022, Reconciliation Victoria hosted a special online webinar about the Aboriginal Change Makers resource, and a discussion about reconciliation in education.

The Aboriginal Change Makers resource, created by Worawa College in partnership with Parliament Victoria, is designed for Victorian students to learn about Aboriginal figures in history and to bring their stories and truth-telling into classrooms across Victoria.

The Guest speakers featured were: 

Dr Lois Peeler OAM, Executive Director of Worawa College and creator of Aborginal Change Makers

Dr Narelle Wood from Community Engagement Department, Parliament Victoria

The full Webinar can be viewed via this link.

The resource is suited to older primary and secondary level educators but is a wonderful Truth-telling resource that celebrates Aboriginal Victorian stories, beneficial for anyone to learn from.

The Aboriginal Change Makers resource is available to view online and you can download your own copy here.