Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in the Classroom

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Inviting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into classrooms can enrich the learning experiences of students and children. The presence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is vital when teaching about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.

Having Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in classrooms is vital when teaching about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures. This is especially meaningful when learning about your local area.

Non-Indigenous people may not have the authority to speak about certain parts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures. They can’t speak for or about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s experiences. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people must lead these lessons.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can guide non-Indigenous teachers and educators to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives respectfully and appropriately, and advise on when they must lead learning experiences.

There are often already Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in education settings, such as teachers, educators, administrative staff or Indigenous Education Workers (IEW). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents, family and others in the community may also want to spend time in classrooms. It’s also important to acknowledge educational settings outside of the school or service as places of teaching and learning, and that the ‘classroom’ shouldn’t be isolated to a single fixed location. 

Many Aboriginal and Torres Islander people have unique skills and knowledge that can be shared with students and children. Spending time getting to know your community can lead to sharing these experiences and skills and developing genuine relationships. 

Students and children will also enjoy getting to know and learning from a variety of people.

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