"As educators, parents and carers, we understand how important it is to support children in learning literacy skills such as language, enabling them to be competent and confident students. But what about if the language you were learning was so far removed from the roots in which your very soul was born? What if you did not identify with the words being taught? What if you feel a deep seeded connection to this earth and that of our past, yet the way in which you interact on a daily basis does not reflect any of this? Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and adults feel this in their everyday lives."
Recognising Aboriginal significant dates in early learning curriculums is one way we can teach children respect for Aboriginal culture and people. NAIDOC is quickly approaching in July and many educators have already began planning how they intend to acknowledge this week with children and families.