At Little Learners EDEC we believe that it is imperative that the children learn more about our rich Aboriginal culture through shared learning in order to create mutual respect.
In February I applied for and received a PALS grant through the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.
PALS is an initiative of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA) which encourages Western Australian schools to develop projects that promote reconciliation in their local community.
PALS commenced in 2004 and is based on the core attributes of:
Partnership between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people;
Acceptance of difference as unique and to be respected;
Learning more about ourselves and each other, and,
Sharing a common journey along the path of healing and reconciliation towards a more harmonious and optimistic future.
The grant was used to invite a Whadjuk Noongar member – Marissa Verma, BindiBindi Dreaming to visit our Service to educate and familiarise the children with local Aboriginal bush tucker and medicine.
The remainder of the grant will be used to establish our own bush tucker garden as part of our ongoing sustainability curriculum.
Various organisations were also consulted as the Educators felt it was imperative that we develop and implement the project in a collaborative, informed and respectful manner.
The project was developed in close consultation with the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, The City of Fremantle’s Aboriginal Engagement Officer and BindiBindi Dreaming.
On Wednesday 12th April 2017 Marissa will be visiting our Service along with special guests Abby Lamont, Community Officer, Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Brendan Moore, Aboriginal Engagement Officer, The City of Fremantle.
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