Download the resource: Pona Indigenous
This electronic brochure with links can be used by early learning centres to share knowledge regarding where and how to find local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. This resource is easy to read, making it the perfect resource to be shared electronically with staff via email or explored collaboratively during staff meetings. The resource has a variety of museum and cultural centre logos, a small description of each resource including the direct link for each website. This ensures busy educators can easily locate the resources and information needed to gain meaningful knowledge and understandings of the local Aboriginal language.
The resource shares and identifies the Yughambeh First Nation region of South-East Queensland and North-East New South Wales. It is designed to provide a wide range of accessible information regarding local language and knowledge for educators and services within this region. It also provides pathways for services that support and encourage meaningful connections with Aboriginal Elders and perspectives. The Early Years Learning Framework states that educators “become co-learners with children, families and community, and value the continuity and richness of local knowledge shared by community members, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders” (DEEWR, 2009, p. 14). Successful schooling experiences for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can be maintained through the formation and development of partnerships between educational providers and Indigenous communities that are based on cross-cultural respect (Education Council, 2019). It is important that services not only embed Aboriginal perspectives within their services, more importantly they need to embed local Aboriginal perspectives. It is important for educators to understand that the local languages and cultures should be embedded within each centre regardless if an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child attends this service.