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From the Heart Week of Action

We are at a critical time in our history and YOU can make a difference. Join us in a Week of Action for the next step in the journey of recognition for Australian First Nations peoples in a voice on constitutional change.

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Picture book wins coveted national award

Federation member Jasmine Seymour can now add award-winning illustrator to her list of achievements, after being crowned Best New Illustrator by the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

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NAIDOC Week 2020

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is “Always Was, Always Will Be” and will be marked from 8 to 15 November after being postponed from its customary July slot in the interests of safety during COVID 19.

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Improved public school provision for Aboriginal students needed to break cycle of disadvantage

Doubling the number of permanent teachers and halving face-to-face teaching time in difficult to staff schools and communities will help close achievement student gaps and improve the prospects of attracting teachers to work, the Gallop Inquiry has been told.

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Steadfast support for closing the gap

In Australia, one person is born every one minute and 44 seconds — and based on current trends, two-thirds of those will attend public schools.

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Your say: Learn from our First Peoples

This is an appeal to good Australians; people with good hearts and open minds who want a better future for our children and grandchildren.

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From the Heart: What you can do

The Uluru Statement from the Heart is a profound call from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples for constitutional change and structural reform in their relationship with Australia

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Investment needed to avoid Closing the Gap failures

Education is at the centre of three of the 16 new targets for the National Agreement for Closing the Gap, announced by the Morrison Government.

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Indigenous COVID-19 resource

As the COVID-19 pandemic increased concerns about the disruption to Aboriginal students’ studies, Indigenous educators developed an online resource for teachers to help re-engage Aboriginal students with school.

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Our Home, Our Heartbeat

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In This Together for Reconciliation Week

Today marks the start of celebrations and activities for National Reconciliation Week, which this year will use the theme “In This Together” and be acknowledged in the “virtual” space.

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Units set path for learning

Units of work to support the teaching of themes present in the film naa muru gurung (to see a path for children) are set to be released by Federation soon.

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Sculpture spectacle to showcase student talent

The Maagunda Gaagal (Festival of the Sea) at Nambucca Heads Main Beach on 29 February will trumpet the skills proficiency of local high school students to the locals.

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Country comes first

Mismanagment … corporate greed and capitalism in this country has killed our rivers

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Get connected, for the sake of your students

The teaching of Aboriginal culture can lead to deep learning, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance chair Professor Chris Matthews told the Centre for Professional Learning’s recent Aboriginal Education Conference.

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Voice, Treaty, Truth of Uluru Statement begins in the classroom

​Indigenous lawyer and human rights advocate Teela Reid urged the teaching profession to educate students about the real truth of Australia’s history and to embrace the Uluru Statement from the Heart at Federation’s Annual Conference.

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Union vows to escalate push for conditions to improve Aboriginal students’ outcomes

​Federation has committed to intensifying its efforts to the close the gap in Aboriginal education outcomes, with a set of comprehensive policy objectives endorsed by a decision of Federation’s Annual Conference yesterday.

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Uncle Vic recognised for lifetime of enlightening

The first Aboriginal public school principal in NSW, Uncle Vic Chapman, has been recognised on the Queen’s Birthday honours list for a lifetime of working to improve opportunities for our First Peoples.

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Stolen Generations kit increases knowledge and understanding

Students at Trangie Central School have started a valuable conversation — to understand the truth and progress the collective healing journey of the Stolen Generations, and acknowledge and correct the past.

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Film about Federation’s advocacy nominated for international award

From an idea hatched by two lifelong comrades at a Federation Friday Night Forum in 2015, naa muru gurung (to see a path for children) has blazed a trail all the way to the glittering Nice International Film Festival.

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School partners with community on park project

Members of the Gumbaynggirr community gathered to open the new park in Bellwood Aboriginal Reserve and remember the life of Caleb Jarrett, whose name the park now bears.

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