National Reconciliation Week
“Don’t Keep History A Mystery: Learn. Share. Grow” is the focus of National Reconciliation Week in 2018, and is a theme that resonates with the principles on which our Boolarng Programme have been founded. Boolarng has been named after the Worimi word for ‘together’, and represents Educational Experience’s commitment to a collaborative approach, fostering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness, understanding and respect.
Each and every resource in the Boolarng range has been carefully created, with artwork beautifully crafted by Worimi woman, Kristy Anderson. In the process Kristy tells the story of her culture, her mob and her history. These stories have been carefully preserved and are part of the resource offering in the Boolarng range. This provides a unique opportunity for children and educators alike to learn, respect and build a knowledge base of the ways of living and being on Worimi country.
As Educational Experience lean in with open arms and ears to our Aboriginal brothers and sisters, we are continually inspired by the incredible sense of spirituality our traditional owners of the land have.
These inspirational and unique stories are what make us want to strive for more - more stories, more spirit, more art, more understanding, more respect, more diversity, more fairness and most of all more togetherness.
As we move forward in the next phases of the Boolarng Programme we look forward to uncovering the many stories that have not been told, allowing the early childhood community and the wider Australian community to learn, share and grow.
Reconciliation Week is an important time of the year for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, however this year has become even more significant as we celebrate the anniversary of two prominent historical dates. This year we reflect on Australia’s Reconciliation journey as its been fifty years since the 1967 referendum and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision.