We’re looking forward to meeting with First Nations peoples from across the world and will be presenting two workshops, ‘Filmmaking and Truth Telling in the Educational Context: An Exclusive Premiere of the Final Episode of The Australian Wars Documentary’ and ‘Reshaping our learning environments through Indigenous ways of knowledge sharing. Supporting culturally safe and appropriate spaces, educators and resources for our young people to thrive in a western education system.’ More information on how to attend these workshops below.

‘Filmmaking and Truth Telling in the Educational Context: An Exclusive Premiere of the Final Episode of The Australian Wars Documentary’ with Rachel Perkins, Belinda Duarte and Shelley Ware.

Join us for an exclusive, world premiere of the final episode of the land mark documentary series The Australian Wars. Filmmaker Rachel Perkins will be joined by Professor Daryl Rigney in a conversation hosted by Shelley Ware following the screening. Filmmaking can illuminate the untold stories of First Nations people, bringing these stories into schools and homes and breaking what has been locally called the ’The Great Australian Silence’. This series explores the warfare across the Australian continent as colonisation unfolded. Compelling viewing, The Australia Wars contributes to truth telling in Australia and will resonate deeply with First Nations people globally who have resisted the powerful forces of imperialism and its legacy.

Read more: ‘They are burning with a desire for justice’: Rachel Perkins on Australia’s genocidal past | The Guardian

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When: 5:30-7:00 pm, Tuesday 27th September

Where: Hall CD Plenary, WIPCE 2022

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‘Reshaping our learning environments through Indigenous ways of knowledge sharing. Supporting culturally safe and appropriate spaces, educators and resources for our young people to thrive in a western education system’ with Belinda Duarte, Shelley Ware, Thara Brown and Jayden Oakley.

The workshop aims to create a safe space to discuss topics that we believe are integral in reshaping and redefining our current western education systems for a safe, inclusive and sustainable future where our First Nations young people can not just survive but thrive. And where all young people feel safe and valued, aware of our true histories and impacts to inform a healthier future.

Culture is Life’s Aboriginal educators will share learnings from our First Nations led, young people engaged & co-designed with senior cultural guidance approach, sharing practical examples of how schools can increase understanding and skills to support cultural outcomes and embed First Nations cultural content, values and approaches to wellbeing through key themes including Cultural Identity, Histories and Truths and Healing through Story and Art.

The workshop will explore approaches to increasing awareness and better understanding of our nation’s true history and ways to promote access to more First Nations-led and co-designed educational materials, training and tools.

We will facilitate discussions on how our colonial histories have damaged and impacted the nation’s wellbeing, the current impacts of past policies and racism, and how we collectively heal through learning and valuing our true histories, cultures and peoples.

This interactive workshop will model Culture is Life’s process of curriculum development and training for teachers and students including:
– How to to nurture participants’ connection to Country through a guided meditation and mindfulness activity
– Sharing existing resources and how they are used in schools and classrooms.
– Helping teachers feel supported to teach about the importance of connecting to and caring for Country and First Nations histories, cultures and peoples.
– Literature and film examples where participants will consider ways to strengthen their own connection as well as delivering First Nations knowledge in a variety of settings.

Sustainability and caring for Country is a strong theme throughout our organisation’s strategic plan and we are honoured to share some of our work and learnings. The workshop will be facilitated through both ancient and modern lenses of First Nations people, guided by young voices and led by our education team and Fullaship program leaders.

Event Details

When: 12:15-1:00 pm Wednesday September 28th

Where: Room L2, WIPCE 2022

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Want to learn more about #TheAustralianWars? #EducationResources for Episode 1 are now live on on the Culture Is Life education platform and SBS Learn! Link in bio 🔗

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"How do you prepare your child for truth telling? How do schools prepare to teach truth telling? With help, support, open communication and an open mind and heart." - Shelley Ware, Education Lead at Culture Is Life

Read more from Shelley's article by clicking 'The Australian Wars' in the link in bio 🔗

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In recognition of the The Australian War’s immense educational value, Blackfella Films and SBS Learn are collaborating with Culture Is Life to publish curriculum-aligned education resources about the frontier conflicts. The resources will analyse the documentary using short clips that explore the ongoing impacts of colonisation and highlight historical perspectives. The resources will also provide an insight into the immense value that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander oral histories possess, with a focus on local history and how schools can engage with their local communities for further learning opportunities. New classroom-ready clips will launch each week as each episode premieres and will be published on sbs.com.au/learn.

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The Australian Wars | Premieres September 21 at 7.30pm on SBS and NITV
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Today we celebrate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. This year’s theme is “The Role of Indigenous Women in the Preservation and Transmission of Traditional Knowledge”. 

We want to take this moment to honour our matriarchs, who have played a vital role in continuing culture, standing strong for our mob and healing family and community to bring about a brighter future for our young people 🖤

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Shelley Ware, Education Lead at Culture is Life, shares her reflections and highlights from Garma Festival 2022. View more in our story☝🏻☝🏿☝🏽


Getting to spend time with Josh one of my past students at Garma and seeing him glowing with joy on his Country was the best!

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