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The Centre for Aboriginal Studies aspires to contribute to positive social change for Indigenous Australians through higher education and research. The Centre for Aboriginal Studies is a place that instills a sense of belonging, autonomy and strength. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students have a base on campus that encourages them to be in control of their own learning, that provides support services structured in a way to empower them.
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Centre For Aboriginal Studies

Centre For Aboriginal Studies | Australian Indigenous Education - Centre for Aboriginal Studies | Scoop.it

The Centre for Aboriginal Studies is a self determining, self-managed academic school situated at Curtin University in Bentley, just fifteen minutes out of the Perth Central Business District. The Centre was officially established in 1983, although programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been operating at Curtin University since the mid 1970s.

The Centre for Aboriginal Studies building opened in 1994 and is beautifully designed to reflect the relationships between Indigenous people and the land. As Western Australia's first purpose-built Aboriginal Studies facility, it provides a base for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in programs both at the Centre and in general courses at the University.

Aboriginal control & leadership

The Centre has a policy of Aboriginal control and leadership and ensures that the philosphies of self-determination and self-management are actively practised. This policy is based on a firm foundation of Aboriginal community involvement: a two-way circulation of ideas, influences and practices that ensures culturally appropriate education.

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Indigenous Australia in the era of 'good governance'

Indigenous Australia in the era of 'good governance' | Australian Indigenous Education - Centre for Aboriginal Studies | Scoop.it
Northern Australia is by no means exempt from the constant buzz around governance which has been a feature of Australian public life for the last decade. That’s particularly so in the area of Indigenous…
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20 Inspiring Indigenous Australians Changing The Face Of A Nation

20 Inspiring Indigenous Australians Changing The Face Of A Nation | Australian Indigenous Education - Centre for Aboriginal Studies | Scoop.it
The latest generation of the world's oldest living culture.
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Gallipoli not the only war to define Australian warfare

Gallipoli not the only war to define Australian warfare | Australian Indigenous Education - Centre for Aboriginal Studies | Scoop.it
As an Aboriginal person who had family serve in World War I, I am acutely aware that there are many Aboriginal families who had relatives who fought at Gallipoli. I am nevertheless always deeply concerned each Anzac Day about the way in which Gallipoli has become so politicised in the evolving memory of so many Australians. As historian Don Watson has written, “the more politicians and media commentators talk of the values of Anzac Day, traduce it for convenient contemporary instruction and daub themselves with the soldiers’ moral courage, the more like a kitsch religion it becomes".
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Some vital signs for Aboriginal languages

Some vital signs for Aboriginal languages | Australian Indigenous Education - Centre for Aboriginal Studies | Scoop.it
Attitudes and policies relating to Australian Indigenous languages are in a state of flux. The Northern Territory government is reportedly again aiming to banish Aboriginal languages from the classroom…
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Close the Indigenous Literacy Gap

Close the Indigenous Literacy Gap | Australian Indigenous Education - Centre for Aboriginal Studies | Scoop.it
In 2014, to have a literacy gap is unacceptable. Enough is enough. Sign this petition now and pledge your support to Close the Indigenous Literacy Gap!
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Close The Gap 2014 | Ending health inequality in a generation - YouTube

The Close The Gap was launched seven years ago to achieve Indigenous health equality within a generation. The generation of our children. National Close the ...
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Aboriginal Water Initiative - NSW Office of Water

Aboriginal Water Initiative - NSW Office of Water | Australian Indigenous Education - Centre for Aboriginal Studies | Scoop.it
Our Water Our Country An information manual for Aboriginal people and communities about the water reform process

 

The Aboriginal Water Initiative program aims to improve Aboriginal involvement and representation in water planning and management within NSW. The program allows the NSW Office of Water to monitor the success of water sharing plans in meeting their statutory requirements for Aboriginal specific performance indicators including:

providing water for Native Title rightsrecognising spiritual, social, customary and economic values of water to Aboriginal people

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Indigenous perspectives are very often overlooked in water management strategies -  In some cases in Australia Indigenous  communities do have pathways to be heard. 

How can indigenous perspectives inform solutions to Global Water Crisis - #EcoChallenge_2.0http://curtin.edu.au/ecochallenge

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Indigenous perspectives are very often overlooked in water management strategies -  In some cases in Australia Indigenous  communities do have pathways to be heard. 

How can indigenous perspectives inform solutions to Global Water Crisis - #EcoChallenge_2.0 http://curtin.edu.au/ecochallenge

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RightsED: Bringing them home

RightsED: Bringing them home | Australian Indigenous Education - Centre for Aboriginal Studies | Scoop.it

The resources on this site have been developed in response to requests from teachers for information about the report 'Bringing them home: National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families'. There are a variety of worksheets that can be used in either the classroom or in the community.

 


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Saving dying languages with online music

Saving dying languages with online music | Australian Indigenous Education - Centre for Aboriginal Studies | Scoop.it
Researchers are hoping that by making traditional Indigenous music available online, it will help preserve dying languages. Academics from the University of Sydney, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Charles Darwin University have collected songs from a genre of Indigenous music known as Wangga from northwest Australia. Joint author Linda Barwick says Wangga is performed in various languages in the Daly region in northwest Australia.
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Really exciting possibilities for caputuring and retaining language - the first steps in keeping language alive.

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Unfinished business: PISA shows Indigenous youth are being left behind | ACER

Unfinished business: PISA shows Indigenous youth are being left behind | ACER | Australian Indigenous Education - Centre for Aboriginal Studies | Scoop.it

The latest international assessment of students’ mathematical, scientific and reading literacy – the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) – shows that the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students has remained the same for the last decade. In short, Indigenous 15-year-olds remain approximately two-and-a-half years behind their non-Indigenous peers in schooling.

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Indigenous affairs: close the gap, but open the conversation

Indigenous affairs: close the gap, but open the conversation | Australian Indigenous Education - Centre for Aboriginal Studies | Scoop.it
The sixth annual Closing the Gap statement, delivered to federal parliament earlier this week, had the same message as previous years. There is some progress, some regress and more work needed to achieve…
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Closing the gap on Indigenous literacy requires more than increased attendance

Closing the gap on Indigenous literacy requires more than increased attendance | Australian Indigenous Education - Centre for Aboriginal Studies | Scoop.it
The sixth annual update on Closing the Gap provides an unsurprising picture of slow progress on addressing issues of Indigenous disadvantage. The update presents a mixed bag of small improvements in life…
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Meet the presenter: Maggie Walter, Indigenous Studies

Meet the presenter: Maggie Walter, Indigenous Studies | Australian Indigenous Education - Centre for Aboriginal Studies | Scoop.it

Created on Fri, 08/08/2014 - 16:22 by Maggie Walter  

With over 500 Indigenous nations in Australia, and around 50,000 years of history, there is a lot to be learnt about Australia's First Nations Peoples.

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Australian Indigenous Communications Association (AICA)

Australian Indigenous Communications Association (AICA) | Australian Indigenous Education - Centre for Aboriginal Studies | Scoop.it

The Australian Indigenous Communications Association (AICA) is the national peak body for the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander broadcasting, media and communications sector, encompassing  print, film, television, on-line and radio.

 

In collaboration with our members, AICA formulates national policy covering all aspects of the Indigenous media, broadcasting and communications sector, seeking to serve the interests of individual practitioners as well as over 130 Indigenous media outlets in remote, regional & urban Australia.  AICA is governed by a board of nationally elected representatives, comprised of sector experts from each of the mediums, a remote sector representative and 4 executive office members.

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First Australians - Making a Nation History Webquest and Lesson Plan - Australian Curriculum Lessons

First Australians - Making a Nation History Webquest and Lesson Plan - Australian Curriculum Lessons | Australian Indigenous Education - Centre for Aboriginal Studies | Scoop.it
Summary of Lesson Plan/Webquest: This WebQuest is one activity in an integrated History/English unit, based on the Australian Curriculum History elective: Making A Nation, for Year 9. This activity is only one component of a unit that will encourage students to think about different contexts, perspectives and interpretations from the past, and how people from ...
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Aboriginal people – how to misunderstand their science

Aboriginal people – how to misunderstand their science | Australian Indigenous Education - Centre for Aboriginal Studies | Scoop.it
Just one generation ago Australian schoolkids were taught that Aboriginal people couldn’t count beyond five, wandered the desert scavenging for food, had no civilisation, couldn’t navigate and peacefully…
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RECOGNISE THIS | The youth-led campaign for constitutional recognition

RECOGNISE THIS | The youth-led campaign for constitutional recognition | Australian Indigenous Education - Centre for Aboriginal Studies | Scoop.it

We’re building a youth-led movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution. Join us.

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New media to throw a lifeline to an ancient language

New media to throw a lifeline to an ancient language | Australian Indigenous Education - Centre for Aboriginal Studies | Scoop.it

The project recognises the dynamic nature of language in general and the team believes that Noongar people regard further development of the language as an important cultural issue.  Professor Collard is collaborating on the development of a Noongar internet site with UWA's Assistant Professor Clint Bracknell and with Professors Kim Scott, John Hartley and Niall Lucy at Curtin University.

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Noongar Pop Culture to launch during Youth Week - CAN WA - Community Arts Network Western Australia

Noongar Pop Culture to launch during Youth Week - CAN WA - Community Arts Network Western Australia | Australian Indigenous Education - Centre for Aboriginal Studies | Scoop.it

In 2013, CAN WA set out to inspire a group of Noongar teenagers in Narrogin to learn to write and speak their traditional Noongar language.


The workshop program involved bringing together a team of talented Aboriginal artists, performers and role models to use contemporary music and media to teach language. The project was such a success; the students produced 4 video clips and 5 songs using their newly learnt Noongar words.

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$5.6 million for University of Sydney to lead on cultural competence - News and Events - University of Sydney

$5.6 million for University of Sydney to lead on cultural competence - News and Events - University of Sydney | Australian Indigenous Education - Centre for Aboriginal Studies | Scoop.it

A grant of $5.6 million will support the creation of the National Centre for Cultural Competence at the University of Sydney, establishing it as the first university in the world to address cultural understanding at a whole of university level.

 

The Minister for Higher Education and Skills, the Hon Sharon Bird today announced two major grants totalling $11.3 million to the University of Sydney.

 

The second grant, to the Breadwinners project, is aimed at increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation at the University.

 

"The essence of cultural competence is having the ability to think, thrive, work and communicate ethically and effectively in spaces where there is more than one culture in play," said Professor Shane Houston, the University's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services).

 

The National Centre for Cultural Competence (NCCC) will work with other universities, industry, the public sector and government to increase cultural competence within organisations and in the wider community.

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Job opportunities: National Centre for Cultural Competence http://bit.ly/1eZsvGS

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Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist: Utopia: An Aboriginal perspective

Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist: Utopia: An Aboriginal perspective | Australian Indigenous Education - Centre for Aboriginal Studies | Scoop.it
NATIONAL: Award winning investigative journalist John Pilger’s new film Utopia will be a powerful weapon to raise awareness about Aboriginal Australia, according to Arrente writer Celeste Liddle*.On flicking through the UK reviews of John Pilger’s new documentary film “Utopia”, one thing quickly becomes apparent: Pilger has created a hard-hitting film that is of extraordinary importance.
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Indigenous Scholarships

Indigenous Scholarships | Australian Indigenous Education - Centre for Aboriginal Studies | Scoop.it

Welcome to the Indigenous Scholarships website. This is where you'll find information about all the undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships, available in Australia and overseas, designed for Indigenous students.

 

On the website you'll find  plenty of information about the scholarships, along with heaps of other kinds of support to get you into university and to help you stay there while you complete your degree with flying colours!

 

A university education was once considered something that few of our people could aspire to or even dream about. That is changing for the better.

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Closing the gap that scars Australia: stop our mob from dying prematurely

Closing the gap that scars Australia: stop our mob from dying prematurely | Australian Indigenous Education - Centre for Aboriginal Studies | Scoop.it
Mick Gooda and Kirstie Parker: Health inequality between Indigenous and other Australians is a stark reminder of the great divide in our nation, and a cause of terrible suffering and grief
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Grattan on Friday: Abbott's indigenous affairs challenge is to deliver on his ambition

Grattan on Friday: Abbott's indigenous affairs challenge is to deliver on his ambition | Australian Indigenous Education - Centre for Aboriginal Studies | Scoop.it
There have been so many declarations of good intentions followed by minimal progress that it is hard to dare hope real advancement might be made in Aboriginal affairs in the next few years. Yet, we have…
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Menzies - School of Health Research

Menzies - School of Health Research | Australian Indigenous Education - Centre for Aboriginal Studies | Scoop.it
Menzies TVC airs nationally

A new Menzies TV campaign illustrating the health disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations is airing nationally across the Seven Network. View the Menzies TVC here.

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