Updated: Oct 6, 2021
Today, I would like to acknowledge the Yuggera people as the Traditional Custodians of the beautiful land I am standing on today. From the mountains to the river, I open my heart and my eyes as I walk this land, listening, learning and caring for Country. I want to extend this respect to Elders; past, present and emerging and to all First Nations peoples reading this post today. We are all remembered here.
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With this month ending in lockdowns all around Australia, I really want to send out all of my love to you all and hope that term 3 really does give us all an opportunity to celebrate NAIDOC Week and the theme of Heal Country, just as we have all planned.
I have to say this year in particular, I have been so excited and proud to hear and see all of the new ways that you are all embedding First Nations perspectives into your everyday teaching. I have heard so many beautiful Acknowledgements of Country from all over Australia being embedding into morning routines and an ever increasing amount of wonderful stories of teachers and schools working with Elders and Community to deliver lessons that are respectful and specific to your local areas. It is stories like these that make my heart so full and makes your classroom a place of reconciliation, healing and something each and every one of you, should be proud of.
In today's post I want to share with you the month that was, a 'Resource highlight reel' I guess you could call it.
New to the blog?
This is the perfect blog post and chance for you to go and check out any and all of the resources that you have missed this month, especially with NAIDOC Week beginning today and many of you celebrating NAIDOC Week throughout term 3.
Read all of this month's blogs?
Check out this month's competition at the bottom of this post and see what you could win for you and your grade. Good luck!
Alright so here is the month that was...
This blog post was all about sharing with you the Healing Foundation's Teacher Resource Kit to give you FREE lesson plans, resources and a full unit of work for Foundation (Kindergarten / Prep) to Year 9, made by First Nations peoples. If you are just beginning your journey of embedding First Nations perspectives into your programs then this resource is one that will give you everything you need to respectfully teach your students about Sorry Day, Reconciliation Week, NAIDOC Week and the Stolen Generations. I highly encourage you to click on the image below to check out the post and download all of these valuable lessons and resources, I honestly can't recommend them enough!
This next post was a review of Respect; a stunning hardcover children's book, published by the always incredible Magabala Books and written by Boonwurrung Elder Aunty Fay Muir and highly accomplished children's author Sue Lawson and illustrated by Lisa Kennedy, a descendent of the Trawlwoolway people of north - east Tasmania. In this post you will find everything from Teacher's notes, lesson ideas, and an incredible video conversation where Aunty Fay Muir shares her deep knowledge with us all. This book has always been a staple in my classroom and my home, and I highly recommend it as a book for you to use this NAIDOC Week and all throughout the year. To read this post and uncover all of the FREE matching teacher resources for Respect click the picture below.
This month's resource - Heal Country Decor Bundle
I absolutely adore sharing with you all of these incredible children's books, lesson plans and tonnes of resources made by Community lead organisations. There are just so many incredible First Nations organisations out there, ready to support teachers to embed First Nations perspectives, teachers just don't know about them. Highlighting and sharing these with you is my passion and for me, these resources are a huge part of any teacher's journey looking to respectfully embed First Nations perspectives into their teaching.
I also have a passion for interior design and creating meaningful spaces in classrooms has always been a passion of mine. I want to give you all a space to celebrate all of the deep learning that comes from these First Nations lessons, children's books and other resources that I share with you from Community. So this month, in the spirit of NAIDOC and the theme of Heal Country, I created my Heal Country Bundle.
When I think of healing, I think of our old people coming together, their medicine for healing the mind, body, and their knowing through their connection to Country. As many of you know from books like, Respect; by Aunty Fay Muir and Sue Lawson, and Welcome to Country by Aunty Joy Murphy, gum leaves play a huge role in First Nations healing, ceremonies, cleansing, and welcoming which is the essence and the heart behind why I created this Heal Country Flowering Gum bundle.
I will include a link here for anyone interested in grabbing yourself a copy in time for NAIDOC Week.
This month's competition
This month I am so excited to be giving away a copy of the Heal Country Bundle to you and your grade (maximum of 5 licences per grade).
To enter, all you have to do is head over to either of the blog posts mentioned at the beginning of this post, read it, and then share in the comments what you loved about the resource and how you embedded it into your teaching.
This competition will close on Wednesday 7th of July 6pm (AEST) and the winner will be announced soon after.
I can't wait to read about; everything you loved about these resources, your ideas, suggestions, and all of the incredible ways you have used this resource in your class.
Thank you so much for spending this time with me, I hope these posts have made embedding First Nations perspectives into your teaching a little bit easier.
Share, like and comment
If you found today's post useful, please like this post and share it with your colleagues and I would love to hear your thoughts and comments below and don't forget to comment on one of the resources to enter into the competition.
Do you know of a great First Nations teaching resource?
I love seeing and sharing all of the new First Nations resources that are coming out, so if you know and use a great First Nations website or resource, that I haven't mentioned or featured in a blog post before, then I would love for you to send it through to my email so I can share it with everyone else.
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On the flip side, if you are a First Nations business or organisation who is interested in having your resources featured in a blog post, please pop over to my contact page and send me an email, I would love to hear from you.
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Finally, I have truly loved sharing all of all of these incredible resources with you today, and as always... Happy embedding!