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Indigenous Peoples and Cultural Awareness (AUS)

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This course provides an insight into the culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, their complex history and the challenges they've faced, as well as practical tips on how to respectfully work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

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  1. Workplace Cultural Sensitivity
  2. First Nation People
  3. History & Challenges
  4. Respect & Equality

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Workplace Cultural Sensitivity

Indigenous Peoples and Cultural Awareness (AUS) Course - Lesson Excerpt

The Indigenous culture of Australia is one of the oldest in the world² Important aspects of Indigenous culture include: Land Family Law Ceremony Language A lot of this traditional customs and knowledge has been lost due to colonisation.¹ We must acknowledge our nation's complex history and how it's impacted the living culture of the present.

First Nation People

Indigenous Peoples and Cultural Awareness (AUS) Course - Lesson Excerpt

First Nation People The term First Nations People is widely used to describe the sovereign people of this land. It recognises the diversity in languages, culture, beliefs and practices of the different Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups.¹ ² There were once over 500 different First Nations, each with different cultures. Their cultures do share a common theme such as the Dreaming and the deep connection to the land. Historically, different terms such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, Aborigine have been used, but each of these have different meanings to different people. Learn more about which terms are considered appropriate to use and which are considered outdated the next slide.

What does the red represent in the Australian Aboriginal flag? Select all that apply

History & Challenges

Indigenous Peoples and Cultural Awareness (AUS) Course - Lesson Excerpt

History & Challenges Indigenous Australians have faced many challenges since colonisation. The lack of accurate representation throughout history skews our perception of how our nation was formed. Many Australians believe that our nation was founded on the basis of a peaceful settlement. However this was not the case. The 18th century British colonial system caused dispossession, displacement, exploration and violence towards Indigenous Australians. The social and economic impact of this system spanned across multiple generations, and the affects of this intergenerational trauma can be still felt to this day.1

Issues from 1800-1900s Indigenous people were denied citizenship and the same equal rights of their non-Indigenous counterparts. From the early 1800s onwards legislation and state policies sought to remove Indigenous people from their homes, against their will, to be placed in missions and reserves, where they were exploited for labour.6 In 1901, the white Australia policy was introduced which banned all non-Caucasian people from entering the country. Then in 1902 men and women from all states, except for any 'aboriginal natives' of any country, were granted the right to vote.7 The Stolen Generations, marks the period during 1910 - 1970, when children were forcibly taken from their families and placed in institutions where they were taught to reject their Indigenous heritage as a means to assimilate into the white community.1 Exemption certificates were introduced, during the 1940s - 1960s, wherein Indigenous people had to sacrifice their Indigenous identity in order to obtain the very basic level of freedom and citizenship rights that was freely enjoyed by many non-Indigenous Australians.1 It would have been very degrading for them to have to show their certificates in order to be allowed to vote, attend school and enter public spaces. Over many generations, Indigenous people have been denied access to healthcare, education and equal employment opportunities.

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Good course but should add more information about other Aboriginal Peoples like the Indiginous People of Canada and The United States as their history is similar to those of Australia


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