June 2019 saw the second Aboriginal Early Childhood Conference come to fruition.
Educators travelled from every corner of Australia to gather together for two awe inspiring days of unlearning and relearning.
Delegates listened to and yarned with elders, children, artists, social justice warriors and educators alike who shared a multitude of skills, strategies and experiences.
The Aboriginal Early Childhood Conference is a collaboration between Jessica Staines, Director of the Koori Curriculum and Dr Red Ruby Scarlet Director of Multiverse. In 2018 the pair co-edited The Aboriginal Early Childhood Practice Guide an innovative text that guides and supports educators to confidently build relationships with their local Aboriginal community and embed Aboriginal perspectives in their curriculum.
Some of the Conference Highlights:
Hearing from the amazing Dr Anita Heiss about her latest book “Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia”.
The Educators Pop Up Documentation Centre showcasing multiple practical examples of Aboriginal perspectives in mainstream curriculum.
Having a sneak peek at Play Schools Acknowledgement of Country Episode and meeting their new toy cast member Kiya!
Listening and learning about the beautiful collaboration of Johanna Bell and Dion Beasley
Dancing away to Casey Donovan at the Conference Dinner
Viewing an exhibition by Garry Purchase in the conference pop up gallery
The amazing educators who spoke and shared their program
Meeting the children from Kelly’s Place and learning about the advocacy work to have the Aboriginal flag permanently flown on top of the Harbour Bridge
The Bustling conference market place
There was so much to love about this years conference. To see the full photo gallery of conference highlights or to learn more about The Aboriginal Early Childhood Planning Days in 2020 visit www.aboriginalecc.com