Despite challenges, teacher education offers a path to begin righting inequities and injustice. Here, people stand on a map from the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada at a launch in Toronto in 2018.
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Decolonized education means working with settler teachers to overcome guilt and find the courage to acknowledge privilege, racism and colonialism to work in partnership for a better future.
Siena Stubbs, 17, from Yirrkala in East Arnhem Shire reads the Imagination Declaration on behalf of a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students at the 2019 Garma Festival.
A group of school students have just shown what real leadership looks like on Indigenous issues – and you'll hear more about their ideas in coming months at your local school, childcare centre or uni.
Isabel, on left, when she was working for Mangankali Housing Company, talking to politicians and/or bureaucrats on the Wollai, the Aboriginal reserve at Collarenebri.
Family collection, provided to author.
Denied an education in 1930s Australia because she was too black, Isabel Flick went on to fight segregation at her local cinema in the early 1960s. She became a powerful campaigner for Indigenous rights.
If we are to close the gap in health outcomes for Aboriginal people, we need to develop and staff culturally competent health-care services.
The program we’ve developed led to a 96% completion rate for one group of Aboriginal TAFE students.
Diminishing racism and the policy failure that it causes requires Indigenous voice at all levels of public policy-making and implementation.
AAP/ Neda Vanovac
When it comes to teaching Indigenous students, Australia could learn much from New Zealand.
All Australian schools should provide high-quality education to all Australian students, including Indigenous ones.
Flexischools appear to be doing Indigenous education better than mainstream schooling. To close the gap in education, we should look at what these schools are doing and apply it in the mainstream.
New curriculum resources in Manitoba, Canada, integrate Indigenous perspectives through inquiry, video, images, quotes, arts, activities and exemplars.
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Innovative teaching resources in the province of Manitoba, Canada, introduce schoolchildren to concepts of interdependence and reciprocity with the land.
A Simon Fraser University student wears a First Nations Coast Salish woven cedar hat as she and other students wait to receive their degrees during the fall convocation ceremony at the university in Burnaby, B.C., on October 11, 2013.
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Wilful under-funding of Indigenous education is producing an Indigenous underclass.
We may need to rethink how NAPLAN is used, but overall it’s an important tool for researchers and policymakers.
While we may need to rethink how we use NAPLAN, it is an important and useful tool for researchers and policy makers.
Bringing different philosophies together can empower students.
Education systems around the world are increasingly recognising the value of local approaches to thinking, learning and being.
Barney Williams Jr., a residential school survivor, hugs Santa Ono, president of the University of British Columbia, during the opening of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at Vancouver, on April 9.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ben Nelms
The role of universities in the shameful Indian residential school system needs to be addressed. The president of one of Canada's leading universities explains why it's time to apologize.
Indigenous Australians – just on 3% of the population – comprise at least 10%, and generally 12%, of elite footballers.
Where else but on the sports field can an under-educated and even a troubled Aboriginal youth achieve celebrity status and social mobility?
Asian Australian students tend to spend more time studying than Anglo-Australians.
Students from the Philippines, China and India consistently achieve better results at school than their Australian-born counterparts. This is due to a number of factors, including parents' values.
Universities need to find more ways to encourage Indigenous students to go on to postgraduate study and become academics.
When it comes to increasing Indigenous Australians' participation in higher education, we could take a leaf from our neighbour's book.
More Indigenous students are finishing year 12, but dropout rates at university are still higher.
A greater focus on education in all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life would advance tangible and sustainable change.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull leaving during the Closing the Gap breakfast last week.
The failed and continually failing political leadership on respect, relationships and reconciliation sets back the quality of current and future education for all Australians.
The average year nine Indigenous student in a very remote area scores about the same in NAPLAN reading as the average year three non-Indigenous city student, and significantly lower in writing.
Using equivalent year levels provides us with a clearer picture of the gap for Indigenous students, who can be up to an equivalent of 7.7 years behind their non-Indigenous counterparts in writing.
Funding debates will likely spill into the new year.
The year 2017 is finally coming to an end, so here's a wrap of our coverage for the year, with bonus quiz!
Mission schools were originally set up to protect Indigenous populations from white massacres and other violence related to colonialism.
John T. Collins/State Library of Victoria
Schooling has historically been used to control Indigenous peoples, rather than to liberate or educate them.
Indigenous graduates celebrate at the University of the Fraser Valley, British Columbia.
(University of The Fraser Valley/flickr)
The gap between academic achievement for Indigenous and non-indigenous learners is growing. First Nations education authorities could provide a strategic solution.