Sunday, 1 June 2014

Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation week celebrates Australia's Indigenous history and culture running from the 27th of May until the 3rd of June. It was first celebrated in 1996.

At our OSHC service we ran a series of craft activities for students choose from including:
Red, black and yellow friendship bracelets
• Making a rainbow snake inspired by the book Warnayarra The Rainbow Snake by Lajamanu School and Pamela Croft
• Making artistic native animals from Paper plates

Some other great ideas for celebrating indigenous culture are:
• Cooking kangaroo meat
• Cooking damper
• Whole class or individual dot paintings

Top Resource:
• Butcher Paper, Texta, Blackboard and Chalk by Ruby Hunter and Archie Roach - This book comes with both a musical CD and informative dvd which can be a great foundation for a unit on aboriginal culture and history

Some of my favourite books to read for reconciliation week include:
The Echidna and the Shade Tree by Pamela Lofts and Mona Green

Visit Reconciliation Australia to learn more

For anyone who lives in Adelaide, Marra Dreaming is a great place for a hands on cultural experience.

Here is an example of a students work where they have made a diorama of an Ian Abdulla painting

What cultures are celebrated in your community and how do you include them in your teaching?

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