Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Awareness

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Aboriginal Cultural Safety

This training is designed to provide staff at UniSA with the information, skills and knowledge necessary to develop cultural sensitivity and respect across our workplace. 

The original full day face to face session was adapted to an online setting and comprised of two zoom meetings, taking place two weeks apart, and included a mix of learning methods.  These workshops aim to raise awareness and begin the process of developing a working understanding of Aboriginal Australia. Through this, participants will be better prepared to engage in genuine cross-cultural communication and to identify strategies for working together across cultures.

Upon completion of the program you will have: 

  • A better understanding of Aboriginal Australia from an Aboriginal perspective
  • Understand the distinction between a Welcome to Country and an Acknowledgement of Country and when it is appropriate to engage each one.
  • Identify the impacts of past government policy and practice and the trans-generational impacts.
  • Understand how to apply 5 principles of Cultural Safety and cultural mindfulness to develop culturally safe, sensitive and respectful relationships with Aboriginal people.
  • Understand the significance of ‘Identity’ for Aboriginal Australians as it applies to the commonwealth 3-part definition of Aboriginality.
  • Identify and understand the main forms of racism and impact on victims.
  • Identify personal opportunities to develop culturally safe, sensitive and respectful relationships with Aboriginal people.
    Staff may find some content challenging and sometimes confronting. 


Working with Aboriginal Peoples

This workshop builds on the discussions staff have had in the Aboriginal Cultural Safety workshops and explores strategies for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Through a series of case studies we look at what is appropriate from recruitment through to having staff working in the University as well as strategies for retention of staff.

The workshop will be very interactive in order to explore as many scenarios as possible. It refers to UniSA's Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan (PDF 3,120kb) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Policy and gives participants an understanding of how we can achieve the goal of being the University of Choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Through participating in this program you will: 

  • Discuss and understand the impacts of White Privilege and Racism on Aboriginal People,
  • Identify and discuss the historical and contemporary impacts of negative media on Aboriginal People,
  • Identify and discuss methods for engaging with Aboriginal People in a sensitive and respectful manner, and
  • Explore strategies for developing culturally safe, sensitive and respectful workplaces.

*To attend this session, you must have already completed 'Aboriginal Cultural Safety' training.


Cultural respect and safety - engaging respectfully with Aboriginal Australians

Pilot Series

Through our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), UniSA has commits to investing in and building the cultural competency skills of staff and to creating a diverse and inclusive teaching, learning and research environment. To continue this work, the University is piloting a series of workshops that focus on building cultural respect and safety with Aboriginal Peoples.

There are six (6) places available for teaching, learning and research staff from each Academic Unit. Staff who currently deliver Aboriginal content as part of their course(s), who teach in programs with Aboriginal students, or who are involved in the Aboriginal research space are particularly encouraged to attend.

This 2-day session is designed to make ‘real’ and meaningful the issues associated with all dimensions of racism, and enables participants to:

  • plan and implement practices and strategies that address racism personally and professionally
  • Extend and enhance their ability to: identify, understand and respond to racism, including institutional racism
  • Recognise and understand how dominant culture and whiteness impact on experiences, opportunities, and outcomes for Aboriginal Peoples

These workshops will be facilitated by Sharon Gollan and Kathleen Stacey from Beyond…, who have been co-facilitating in an Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal partnership since 2004. This directly models the role for non-Aboriginal people in working in Aboriginal contexts and/or with Aboriginal Peoples. 

 

NOV 
4 & 5

Cultural respect and safety - engaging respectfully with Aboriginal Australians
Pilot series

Facilitator: Kathleen Stacey and Sharon Gollan
Target group: All academic staff 
Date: Wednesday 4 & Thursday 5 November
Time:9.00am - 5.00pm 
Location: Bradley Forum, H5-02, City West Campus

NOV 
10 & 11

Cultural respect and safety - engaging respectfully with Aboriginal Australians
Pilot series

Facilitator: Kathleen Stacey and Sharon Gollan
Target group: All academic staff 
Date: Tuesday 10 & Wednesday 11 November
Time:9.00am - 5.00pm 
Location: Bradley Forum, H5-02, City West Campus


Queries and more information

For any queries regarding registration, please email staff.development@unisa.edu.au or call x21324.

More information on workshops can be obtained by contacting the University's Consultant: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Employment and Development, Deanne Hanchant-Nichols.

Artwork: Meeting Place by Samantha Snow. University of South Australia Art Collection - the artist 2012.