Using Aboriginal resources ethically in educational experiences

As Early Childhood educators it is important we understand our role in embedding Aboriginal perspectives into our curriculums. Equally important, is how to use educational resources to do so in an ethical and responsible way. Here are some of our top  tips when it comes to ethically using Aboriginal resources in learning experiences;


  • Consider balancing experiences that show contemporary vs traditional representations of Aboriginal people and communities with the view that these differences may shape children’s perceptions and understandings. Think about this in the context of housing, art, clothing, and literacy resources. Do humpy’s, dot paintings and dreamtime stories accurately reflect Aboriginal people in your community today?


  • Consult local councils, elders and community groups if you are unsure about local protocols - there is no one size fits all when it comes to First Nations groups.



  • Be prepared to learn. You will inevitably walk hand in hand with children as you learn about Aboriginal culture (which will be a beautiful experience for everyone!) Research, ask questions, adjust your learning environment and start all over again! Reconciliation Australia and Narragunnawali are great places to start or continue your journey.


Awe & Wonder are fortunate to work with Aborginal people from all over Australia, allowing us to learn and grow in our knowledge of Aboriginal culture and history.

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