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Christine Curphey

How Can We Acknowledge NAIDOC Week at Our ECEC Service

  • June 26, 2023

NAIDOC Week is a special occasion in Australia where the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture is celebrated and acknowledged. Early childhood education and care providers can play an important role in celebrating and acknowledging this culture, here are some ideas:

1. Acknowledge the Traditional Owners

Acknowledge and honour the traditional owners of the land where your service is located, as well as the wider traditional owners of the country.

2. Storytelling

Share stories and songs that are significant to Indigenous cultures. You can do this by inviting Aboriginal elders or community members to talk to children or borrow children’s books that centre around cultural themes.

3. Music and Dance

Music and dance are an integral aspect of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and they can be used to allow children to connect with the history and traditions of Indigenous cultures.

4. Aboriginal Art and Craft

Art and craft are an ideal way to introduce Aboriginal art and craft forms to children. Let the children create their own dot painting with patterned templates.

5. Food

Involving food can be an excellent way to introduce children to new cultures, and Aboriginal cuisine can be a great way to broaden their palette and experience different flavours.

6. Language

Teach children basic words and phrases that relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; this will help children to connect with these cultures and appreciate their linguistic heritage.

7. Cultural displays

Create displays of Indigenous artifacts such as musical instruments, tools, and artworks. This can help children connect with and better understand the diverse and rich cultural heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

By engaging in these activities, early childhood education and care providers can celebrate and honour the rich cultural heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures during NAIDOC Week.

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