Former Senior Australian of the Year Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumann and Indigenous Australians Minister Linda Burney will headline next month’s Catholic Schools NSW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education conference. Source: Catholic Outlook.
Hosted by Catholic Schools NSW and Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, the event will focus on Closing the Gap in educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.
With more than 500 delegates expected to attend, the state-wide conference to be held from October 11-13 will be hosted in the world heritage-listed Blue Mountains and will bring together education and community practitioners to share unique perspectives on building systems and practices that empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families to thrive.
Sharon Cooke, a Ngemba woman, is the state manager policy and programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education at Catholic Schools NSW. She said the conference is about strengthening relationships and creating opportunities for young people to thrive.
“The Elders of the Gundungurra People and the Elders of the Darug people will welcome us to this beautiful and ancient place. They will immerse us in their stories,” Ms Cooke said.
“We will walk together to learn and to build on relationships that will strengthen our children to enable them to thrive to become the leaders of tomorrow.”
Julie Waddell, a woman of Kamilaroi descent who leads the Jarara Aboriginal Education Centre at Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, said the conference is the next stage in leading the way to embedding authentic cultural understanding.
“It will be the catalyst to empower our youth to lead their schools and communities towards deeper cultural understanding and appreciation,” Ms Waddell said.
Aboriginal leaders headline Catholic Education Conference in Leura (Catholic Outlook)