ACEN WA Chapter Led Conversation

Culturally transformative Practice: The Benefits of Connecting to Country

28 September 2023

3:00pm-4:00pm AEST

Date:

28 September 2023

Time:

3:00pm-4:00pm AEST

Location:

Online

Contact:

admin@acen.edu.au

Culturally transformative Practice: The Benefits of Connecting to Country

The oldest education and learning systems in the world have thrived in Australia for over 65,000 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities have effectively educated generations of Aboriginal peoples through a lifelong learning journey that begins before birth and continues throughout life.  This process of learning is intricately woven and relational to Country connected by stories and language told and spoken since millenia.

Join our yarning circle, where we will discuss how Connecting to Country can transform students’ learning.

Libby Jackson-Barrett will introduce aspects of On Country Learning (OCL). OCL represents a culturally responsive pedagogy that is grounded in a strengths-based and transformative approach, where Aboriginal students, their peers, educators, schools and families are engaged in Aboriginal ways of knowing and doing. 

Fiona will showcase some examples from the Kimberley region of nursing students learning On Country.  She will present an 8 week immersion on-campus immersion program and a 5 week remote Indigenous community practicum that both indicate the transformative power of immersing students in an unknown world.

Associate Professor Denise Jackson (ECU)

Presenters

Dr Libby Jackson-Barrett

Edith Cowan University

Dr Libby Jackson-Barrett is Associate Dean, Senior Researcher for Kurongkurl Katitjin, Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research and the School of Education at Edith Cowan University. As an interdisciplinary scholar Libby’s research interests and teachings include exploring factors that promote students understanding of Country with a particular interest in culturally responsive pedagogy in Initial Teacher Education.

Associate Professor Denise Jackson (ECU)

Fiona Hildebrand

Majarlin Kimberley Remote Centre for Health

Fiona Hildebrand is the Rural and Remote Nursing and Midwifery Lead for the Majarlin Kimberley Remote Centre for Health, a university department of rural health, located on the Notre Dame Campus, Broome, Western Australia.  Fiona is passionate about health equity, particularly for Indigenous peoples in remote Australia.  She is a Registered Nurse, with a Bachelor of Nursing, post graduate certificates in remote health practice, social marketing for health and a masters in public health.  She is currently a PhD candidate investigating a clinical supervision model for remote area nurses.

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