AGECS FORUM: Tuesday 23 February 2016 – Melbourne

Embedding Indigenous Perspectives in Early Childhood: Putting this into Best Practice

With Denise Rundle as MC, this lively forum/workshop features Aboriginal Early Childhood practitioners: Sue Atkinson Lopez and Annette Sax sharing experiences that embed Indigenous perspectives into early childhood programs.  The forum includes practical examples that can be duplicated with young children.

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Sue Atkinson (Lopez)is a Yorta Yorta woman whose traditional homelands radiate out from the junction of Dungula ,the Murray River and Gaiyila, the Goulburn River in Victoria. She has been very fortunate to work on the lands of the Kulin Nations in Melbourne with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Early Childhood practitioners and students since 1985. In 2008 with wonderful support from her local Aboriginal community Sue completed her PhD thesis ‘ Indigenous self-determination and early childhood education and care in Victoria’. She is active at a grass roots level as a volunteer in her local community of Moreland where she sits on several committees including the Early Years Strategy Steering group and the Reconciliation Advisory Group.

Annette Sax is a Taungurung woman from Victoria, who has been working in Early Childhood Education for 25 years. She has been operating Yarn Strong Sista, Aboriginal Education Consultancy for 14 years. YSS provides Storytelling, PD Training and promotes Aboriginal education resources which are made ethically. Annette feels blessed to be able to go out on Country where she has been taught her traditions and stories by her Taungurung Elders. She is passionate about passing on the knowledge they have shared with her.

Denise Rundle has been an early childhood teacher since 1982 and has worked in a variety of settings during that time, including a puppet theatre. Since 2001, she has worked at Boroondara Kindergarten Richmond as both a teacher and co-ordinator. During this time, alongside her fantastic colleagues, she has worked to increase her knowledge and understanding about how to include Aboriginal perspectives, both within her work with children and families and also in building relationships with members of the local Aboriginal community.

The AGECS meets on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people. We acknowledge the Wurundjeri Elders, past, present and future. We strive to journey in partnership with Aboriginal Communities across Victoria as part of our commitment to equity and social justice in early childhood.