Gandu Jarjum

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation and representation

To ensure indigenous representation and participation, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander QTU members and applicants to QTU membership are invited to complete and return this form.

Gandu Jarjum

  •  is a forum providing an Indigenous voice in the QTU;

  • coordinates QTU representation and advocacy on Department of Education committees and working groups on Indigenous education;

  • develops submissions on Indigenous issues to the Department of Education, State and Commonwealth Governments, and other bodies;

  • oversees the development of QTU Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Policy; 

  • promotes Indigenous teacher networks;

  • provides opportunities to Indigenous QTU members for professional and industrial relations development;

  • sends Indigenous QTU members to participate in state, national and international conferences on Indigenous issues;

  • maintains links with other organisations (e.g. Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation, the Aboriginal Reconciliation Council, Brisbane Council of Elders);

  • has Indigenous representatives on the national AEU Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education and AEU TAFE Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Committees;

  • sponsors cross-cultural and anti-racism seminars for teachers;

  • participates in activities such as NAIDOC week and National Sorry Day.

Apology

The QTU formally apologises to Aboriginal communities and Torres Strait Islander communities for the role that educators and schools had in the removal of Aboriginal children and Torres Strait Islander children from their families and communities and their subsequent mistreatment. The QTU formally acknowledges and apologises for the part played by teachers and schools in the removal of Aboriginal children and Torres Strait Islander children from their families and their subsequent mistreatment. The QTU recommits itself to continuing to strive for the full recognition of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights especially those relating to land and sea rights.

Acknowledgement of traditional owners

Gandu Jarjum members

 

Committee members (2017-2020) 

  • Amanda Power
  • Beresford Domic
  • Diavina Kelly
  • Leeanne Konstantinou
  • Letitia Choppy
  • Letitia Murgha
  • Lyndal Thompson
  • Margi Malezer
  • Mayrah Dreise
  • Penny Taylor
  • Peter Lubke
  • Rachel Bos
  • Sam Bann
  • James Matysek

Reconciliation Action Plan

Constitutional recognition

The Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples released its final report in June 2015.

Check out the resources in the Schools Kit on the Recognise Website

Resources

Check out the resources in the Schools Kit on the Recognise Website

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