A Message from Culture Is Life’s CEO, Belinda Duarte

We would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of this unceded land, this beautiful country we call Australia. We acknowledge the Elders and old people who have endured the impacts of colonisation on our cultures and the resilience they embody which inspire our work daily.

We at Culture is Life are committed to ensuring the truth of First People’s history is told, heard and known by every Australian, which is why we are so passionate about our work in education and supporting teachers and staff in their huge role and relationships with their students.

Our Education Resources are our contribution to inspiring a curiosity and commitment to building relationships together between First Peoples and Non-Indigenous Australia, and a united commitment to honouring the history of this country and the oldest living culture in the world.

In understanding the truth of this country we can therefore understand why we are where we are today and forge the collective healing required to create a stronger, healthier country into our future.

Thank you for walking this journey with us.

– Belinda Duarte (Wotjobaluk/Dja Dja Wurrung)

The Resources

‘Teaching First Nations Knowledges & Perspectives: A Guide to Creating Safe Learning Environments’ Education Resource

Culture is Life’s education projects include curriculum resource development, social impact campaigns and teacher training. All materials are developed by a collective of First Nations educators and young people to inspire teachers to creatively embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, peoples and cultures in their classrooms.

We hope that this guide offers some guidance to support you in feeling more confident and competent in your teaching and helps to create safe learning environments for all young people.

‘The Australian Wars’ Education Resources

The story of Australia’s longest and perhaps most defining war has been kept silent – until now. Over three parts, this ground-breaking documentary series gives voice to the story of The Australian Wars – the battles fought on home soil, as the colonial frontier pushed forward, and First Nations peoples resisted.

Culture is Life have produced extensive curriculum aligned resources for levels 10-12, freely accessible on our website! Classroom ready short clips with aligned resources for Levels 9-12 can be accessed also on SBS Learn including essential Cultural Considerations for teachers before delivering in the classroom.

Training Opportunities

Culture is Life provide professional development opportunities for educators to connect with our First Nations resource writers.

The professional development sessions aim to support educators to:

• Create culturally safe environments for young people

• Embed First Nations content, values and approaches respectfully

• Increase awareness and better understanding of our nation’s history

• Provide access to more First Nations-led and co-designed educational materials, training and tools

• Increase understanding and skills to support holistic wellbeing outcomes

Webinar: Teaching The Australian Wars and First Nations Knowledges and Perspectives

Our next webinar is ‘Teaching The Australian Wars and First Nations Knowledges and Perspectives’ and is at 5:30pm on Wednesday the 9th of November, 2022.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday 9th November 2022

Time: 5:30 pm – 6:30pm

Place: Online Event

Click here to get your tickets.

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