More than 13,000 resource kits have been downloaded from The Healing Foundation website since the Schools Resource Kit was launched last year.
The kits have enabled young people to better understand the history of Stolen Generations survivors and the impact of intergenerational trauma. “We’ve seen a national shift in perception around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues and this is being driven, in part, by a thirst for more Indigenous knowledge at the school level.” said The Healing Foundation Chair Professor Steve Larkin.
Schools provided feedback on how they have shared lesson plans through stories, music, poetry, dance, art and writing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
“Many students and staff have changed their attitude towards Aboriginal people as they understand that the descendants of the Stolen Generations are suffering from trauma and more is required to help with the healing process.”
– Alta College, WA
“The talk by Sylvia Campbell was invaluable for our Indigenous and Non-Indigenous students at Mount Brown Public School. This was because they were able to bring the prior knowledge they had gained in class and listen with empathy and knowledge. There is no greater skill that we can teach our students than empathy.”
– Mt Brown Public School, NSW
“At Safety Bay Primary School, we have been working with a local Aboriginal community member to support our staff to embed Aboriginal culture within our school environment and classrooms. We are in the process of developing a Cultural Outdoor Learning Area. We now get to include a designated area which will be a focal point for conversations around reconciliation and the Stolen Generations. The area consists of a plaque with wording to permanently acknowledge the Stolen Generations, surrounded by the symbolic Native Hibiscus plant. This area will provide ongoing opportunities for discussions around this topic into the future.”
– Safety Bay Primary School, WA