The Aboriginal Early Childhood Conference
23rd June 2018
8.00am - 5.30pm
Liverpool Catholic Club
424 - 458 Hoxton Park Road
Prestons, NSW, Australia 2170
The Aboriginal Early Childhood Conference:
Embedding Aboriginal perspectives into your early childhood curriculum is a central part of
our everyday practice in early childhood. Listening to and engaging with Aboriginal perspectives is critical in shaping how you embed them. The Aboriginal Early Childhood Conference brings together intergenerational expertise and experience in creating and working with Aboriginal perspectives in early childhood.
The conference program leans into the 2018 NAIDOC theme - “Because of Her, We Can!” - and so it gifts participants with leading early childhood research and practice from Dr Sue Atkinson Australia’s first Aboriginal early childhood teacher to complete her PhD she has published academic, professional and children’s literature. The program also features Australia’s most beloved prolific artist and author Bronwyn Bancroft who has written and illustrated a mammoth 40 children’s books (please see biographical information below).
Nested within these two spectacular keynotes are a range of Australian practitioners who have been on a journey to reconfiguring their everyday practices to embed and centralise Aboriginal perspectives. You will have the opportunity to be inspired by their work as they tell their stories of pedagogical practices and community engagement.
The Aboriginal Early Childhood Conference will also feature a Pop Up Documentation Exhibition where you can experience the ways in which early childhood practitioners have been collecting and communicating their pedagogical processes. You will also have the opportunity to speak with the practitioners about their beautiful work.
This conference is a reconciliation journey in and of itself. It will light a fire in you. It will transform you. It will lead you to a hearty collaborative community of like minded practitioners. It will open up new and different ways of thinking about your everyday practice and how you too can authentically embed Aboriginal perspectives into your curriculum. From the smallest moments to the most significant events, this work is achievable and possible when we undertake it together.
Stay tuned for updates about a very special book launch from a wonderful and ongoing community collaboration!
Beautiful inclusive resources, books and wares will be available on the day from a variety of market places.
Following the conference there will be a reception at Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative 55-59 Flood Street Leichhardt from 6.30-10pm. Bookings for this event will be limited. Details of the reception to follow shortly.
There are two ways to register for The Aboriginal Early Childhood Conference:
1. Click the link below to register via Eventbrite
2. Contact us to issue you an invoice - firstname.lastname@example.org
Travel & Accomodation:
For those delegates travelling from interstate or internationally the Liverpool Catholic Club has airport transfers, hotels and all of your needs on site. Parking is available. You’ll find them incredibly helpful with any of your enquiries.
Dr Sue Atkinson
Dr Atkinson is a Yorta Yorta woman who has been working in the early childhood field across the preschool, TAFE and the Higher Education sectors with Indigenous and non - Indigenous students and practitioners for over 40 years. During this time she has very fortunate to teach and learn on the lands of the Wurundjeri and Bunurong people in Melbourne.
In 2008 with wonderful support from her local Aboriginal community, Dr Atkinson completed her PhD thesis ' Indigenous self-determination and early childhood education and care in Victoria'. Dr Atkinson is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne's Graduate School of Education and contributes to the research and teaching community by writing around Indigenous early childhood issues.
Dr Atkinson is also active at a grass roots level as a volunteer in her local community of Moreland where she sits on several City Council committees including the Reconciliation, Human Rights and the Family and Children's' Services Advisory committees.
Bronwyn Bancroft is a Djanbun clan member of the Bundjalung Nation. In a career spanning over three decades, Bronwyn has exhibited continuously in Australia and internationally. Some collections that have acquired her work are Newark Museum USA, Prime Minister of Turkey, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, National Gallery of Australia and the State Library of New South Wales.
Bronwyn has a diverse artistic practice including public art commissions and she has authored and/or illustrated 40 children’s books. She was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Children’s Fiction for her book Why I Love Australia and in the same year received the Dromkeen Medal for her contribution to Australian Literature.
Bronwyn currently holds Board positions with Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME), Commonwealth Bank RAP Committee, and Arts Law.
Bronwyn is constantly involved in activism for New South Wales Aboriginal Artists, particularly in her role at Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative. Bronwyn has a Diploma of Visual Arts; two Masters degrees from the University of Sydney, one in Studio Practice and the other in Visual Art.
Bronwyn is currently a Doctoral candidate at the University of Sydney.
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The Aboriginal Early Childhood Conference is a collaborative initiative between the Koori Curriculum and MultiVerse...