Accessing Aboriginal Languages
To access the indigenous people in your area, check out this website provided below.
This is a great resource as it provides information of what Aboriginal languages are used throughout the greater Brisbane area.
Ipswich & West Moreton
- Jagara – also written as Yagara
- Yugarabul – also written as Yuggarabul
- Yuggera – also written as Jagara
To understand and make connections with the local Indigenous people, we need to know who they are. The resource provides this information. Through the socio-cultural/interactionist theory (Vygotsky, 1978), I have come to realise that language is a huge part of culture, and to be culturally competent educators it is integral that we ensure we are making everyone feel comfortable, secure and supported within their learning environment. This means getting to know the families of the children in our care, learning about their culture, so that we can ensure that we provide as many opportunities for their culture to be embedded into the curriculum.
As outlined in the Early Years Learning Framework (Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations [DEEWR], 2009), children are connected with and contribute to their world. Implementing different cultural groups into the daily practices of Early Childhood education and care services, will help young children learn respect for diversity while deepening their knowledge of other cultures, especially of Australian Indigenous peoples