QTU Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Educators Conference
The QTU Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Educators Conference will be held on 24-25 September (Monday –Tuesday of the first week of the September school holidays) in Cairns. The Conference is open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members of the QTU (but places are limited). The Conference is free and the QTU provides travel, accommodation and meal allowances. A nomination form is attached. Nominations close on 22 June.
Identification as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander member
The QTU depends on members to self-identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. To do so is entirely voluntary but it does allow the QTU to better serve the needs of these members and it allows them to participate in union activities such as the QTU Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Network, the biennial QTU Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Educators Conference and Gandu Jarjum, which is now a fully Indigenous committee of the union.
If you are receiving this newsletter then you have identified as an Indigenous member, but the QTU is aware that there are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members who have not yet identified as such to the Union. With the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Educators Conference coming later this year, now is a good time for them to do so.
Please help by encouraging your Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues to identify with the Union. Members can contact QTU Research Officer, John McCollow on firstname.lastname@example.org. All responses will be treated confidentially.
NAIDOC week for 2012 will be observed on the 1-8 of July (the second week of the school holidays). This year’s theme is ‘Spirit of the Tent Embassy: 40 years on’, to recognise the 40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy and acknowledge the key contributors to its long history. The 2012 NAIDOC poster can be ordered at www.naidoc.org.au (it’s free).
As in previous years, the QTU will be supporting the QCU stall at the NAIDOC celebrations in Musgrave Park in Brisbane on Friday, 6 July. If you are in Brisbane on 6 July, come on down as it is always a great day out. Make sure to stop by the QCU stall to say hello.
We know that many schools arrange NAIDOC-related activities at various times of the year. If you have some photos and a description of activities at your school, we would be interested in considering them for an article in the Queensland Teachers’ Journal.
Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation (QATSIF) scholarship applications open soon for two-year scholarships to Indigenous students commencing Year 11 in 2013. The scholarships are aimed at increasing Indigenous retention. For information, visit the QATSIF website (http://www.qatsif.org.au) and click on Round Four Application. Applications close 30 July 2012.
2012 AEDI Collection – checklists for Indigenous children
Schools should be aware that in relation to 2012 AEDI data collection, when completing the checklist for an Indigenous child, it is recommended the checklist be completed with an Indigenous Cultural Consultant (ICC), if schools have one. More information is available online at http://education.qld.gov.au/schools/aediqueensland/.
A special web conference discussing building connections between schools and Indigenous families was screened on OneChannel, the department’s online internet network on 30 May 2012. The screening was introduced by Dr Chris Sarra. According to the Department, it will be replayed at a later date on OneChannel. Inquiries to Indigenous@deta.qld.gov.au.
ABC TV will premiere Mabo, a 90 minute telemovie, tracing Eddie Mabo’s life - from a carefree young man of seventeen, through his courtship and marriage to his one true love, up to his death and the handing down of the High Court decision on that historic day – June 3, 1992. It stars Jimi Bani and Deborah Mailman.
Mabo Classroom, an extraordinary and valuable classroom multiplatform resource where students learn and embrace the significance of this great man in the shaping of our national identity and modern Australian history. Curriculum relevant for teachers and students of History and English, ABC TV’s multiplatform MABO, the telemovie and accompanying online MABO Classroom. is also applicable for cross-curricula studies in SOSE, HSIE, Cultural and Indigenous Studies. MABO Classroom, designed specifically for students in Junior and Senior Secondary Learning Levels, will be available on ABC online in early June.
National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples is a national voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. As a company, the Congress is owned and controlled by its membership and is independent of Government. Its first elected Board took office in July 2011. The Congress aspires to be leaders and advocates for recognising the status and rights of the First Nation peoples in Australia.
All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, 18 years old and over, are eligible to become members of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. Information about the nature and role of the National Congress and membership application forms are available at http://nationalcongress.com.au/.
As an Associated Body of the Australian Education Union, the QTU sent representatives (including Aboriginal member Penny Taylor) to the recent Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) Congress in Sydney. The Congress passed the following resolutions that relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social policy:
• Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution http://www.actucongress.org.au/site/attachments/resolutions/final/Recognition%20of%20Aboriginal%20and%20Torres%20Strait%20Islander%20Peoples%20in%20the%20Constitution%20FINAL.pdf.
• Musgrave Park http://www.actucongress.org.au/site/attachments/resolutions/final/Musgrave%20Park%20Queensland%20peaceful%20assembly%20and%20protest%20Motion%20Form%20Congress%202012%20-%20FINAL.pdf.
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy http://www.actucongress.org.au/site/attachments/policies/final/Aboriginal%20and%20Torres%20Strait%20Islander%20Policy%20-FINAL.pdf.
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (fact sheet) http://www.actucongress.org.au/site/attachments/factsheets/Aboriginal%20and%20Torres%20Strait%20Islander%20peoples%20-%20Factsheet.pdf.
Queensland Indigenous Education Consultative Committee (QIECC)
Upcoming QIECC events:
- 7-9 August – QIECC meeting and community forum, Bamaga
- 30 August – Elders’ morning tea, Inala
- 17-18 October, Annual Forum, Brisbane
- 12-14 December, Members committee meeting and strategic discussions, Brisbane
- 19 December, Elders’ morning tea, Inala
The latest QIECC Community Connections newsletter is available on the QIECC website at: http://18.104.22.168/index.php/resources/community-connect/.
NAB Schools First
NAB Schools First recognises that the education of our young people rests on the shoulders of the entire community, which is why the awards component of the program supports Australian schools working in partnership with their communities to help young people realise their potential.
Launched in October 2008 by the Hon. Julia Gillard, MP, NAB Schools First is a national awards program that provides:
- financial recognition of success in establishing effective school-community partnerships; and
- financial support to build stronger school-community partnerships.
Over the three years NAB Schools First has been running, the program has awarded 310 school-community partnerships with $15 million to support and sustain their effective school-community partnership Any school in Australia can apply for a NAB Schools First Award. To date, over 26% of Australian schools have submitted applications for a NAB Schools First Award.
There are three types of awards: Impact Awards, Seed Funding Awards and the new Student Award.
Information sessions about the program have closed, but the online Discussion Forum remains open. Applications close for Impact, Seed Funding and Student Awards on Friday, 29 June. For more information, go to: http://www.schoolsfirst.edu.au/sf-dates-to-remember/index.phps.
First Peoples Education Advisory Group
The First Peoples Education Advisory Group (FPEAG) is a cross-sectoral expert advisory group that provides policy advice to the Australian Government on Closing the Gap in educational outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and other Australian students in early childhood and school settings.
The group includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives from academia, school education, early childhood education and community organisations. The Group has held meetings on 5 December 2011 and 7 to 8 March 2012 in Canberra.
Congratulations to Tagai State College principal and QTU member Judy Ketchell on her membership of the group.
Further information is available at: http://www.deewr.gov.au/Indigenous/Schooling/Programs/Pages/FirstPeoplesEducationAdvisoryGroup.aspx.
Dr John McCollow
Condolences to US community
Tragic news continues to come from Moore, Oklahoma, where young children have died at Plaza Towers Elementary School, which was in the direct path of a tornado. As President Barack Obama has said, these children lost their lives in one of the safest places they knew – their school. The thoughts of 44,000 QTU members are with the devastated community.
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