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The indigenous understanding fiction collection is located in the Kerferd Library special collections. Look for the books that have the kangaroo icon on the spine with the words "Indigenous Understanding".
Use the following link to browse the collection or click on the book covers and titles to borrow from the collection. Many of these titles are also available on line 24/7.
Browse the collections
Use these links to explore the Kerferd Library Indigenous Australian collections
Indigenous Literacy Foundation
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation aims to reduce the disadvantage experienced by children in remote Indigenous communities across Australia, by lifting literacy levels and instilling a lifelong love of reading
National Indigenous Australians Agency (Australian Government (n.d.)
"The National Indigenous Australians Agency was established by an Executive Order signed by the Governor-General on 29 May 2019. The Executive order gives the NIAA a number of functions, including:
* to lead and coordinate Commonwealth policy development, program design and implementation and service delivery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; * to provide advice to the Prime Minister and the Minister for Indigenous Australians on whole-of-government priorities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; * to lead and coordinate the development and implementation of Australia’s Closing the Gap targets in partnership with Indigenous Australians; and * to lead Commonwealth activities to promote reconciliation." (Australian Government (n.d.)
Pathways thesaurus for Indigenous languages and people
The pathways thesaurus for Indigenous languages and people is maintained by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.
Narragunnawali curriculum resources
"Narragunnawali’s early learning, primary and secondary curriculum resources promote reconciliation and to strengthen children and students’ knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions. The resources can be used as they are or adapted to suit the local community context. Each resource encompasses elements of the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum, and aligns with Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Actions." (Narragunnawali, n.d.)
Your Kerferd Library has other guides that support an understanding of Indigenous Australian's culture, identity and history. Click on the follwing links to access these guides.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures [ACCP]
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are strong, rich and diverse. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identity is intrinsically linked to living, learning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, deep knowledge traditions and holistic world view.
Intercultural understanding [Australian General Capability.6]
The capacity to process or reflect on the meaning of experience is an essential element in intercultural learning. Reflecting to better understand the actions of individuals and groups in specific situations and how these are shaped by culture. Reflecting on their own responses to intercultural encounters and to identify cultural influences that may have contributed to these. Learning to ‘stand between cultures’ and mediate cultural difference.
Ethical understanding [Australian General Capability.7]
Exploring ethical issues and interactions with others, discuss ideas, and being accountable as members of a democratic community.
Social awareness [Australian General Capability.53]
Perceiving and understanding other people’s emotions and viewpoints, and showing understanding and empathy for others. Appreciating and understanding what others are feeling, being able to consider their perspective and interacting positively with diverse groups of people. Interpreting and understanding others’ perspectives, emotional states and needs, which results in inclusive interactions and respect for individual and group differences. Identifying the strengths of team members and defining and accepting individual and group roles and responsibilities.