Thursday 5 May, 2022:
Landcare Australia together with First Nations educator, Wiradjuri man Adam Shipp, have developed 10 new First Nations learning activities for the Junior Landcare program. Published ahead of Reconciliation Week on May 27- 3 June, the new learning activities will assist educators in the classroom when teaching First Nations perspectives.
The 10 new curriculum-linked First Nations perspective learning activities are supported by a series of educational videos that include the topics areas of Local seasons exploring First Nations weather, Creating an Indigenous plant use garden, and Whose Country, exploring First Nations peoples languages map.
Adam Shipp spoke about the development of the new learning activities for Landcare Australia’s Junior Landcare program and why the resources are important for educators and children to learn more about how they can have a connection to Country.
“As a proud first nations Wiradjuri man, I am honoured to be a-part of the Junior Landcare Australia journey, showcasing our knowledge and perspectives across the Junior Landcare online resource activities. It is extremely important for land and environment-based organisations to begin to recognise and work with First Nations groups across Australia, as we provide important knowledge systems and traditional practices that have been caring for these beautiful lands since time immemorial. By teaching the younger generations some of these insights into our culture and ways of caring for Country, we will build better understanding and partnerships moving forward in the environmental sector and communities.”
Adam continued, “The knowledge that comes from our Elders and ancestors that have come before us, are extremely important to capture and keep alive. Our lands will be much healthier in doing so. I am extremely proud to see these online resources developed which capture our cultural values and stories for the next generations.”
Junior Landcare Ambassador Costa Georgiadis will help launch the new learning activities with a free online webinar on May 17 at 4pm AEST. This professional development webinar will assist educators and Landcare facilitators to confidently, respectfully and comprehensively address First Nations perspectives in their teaching. Costa will be joined by Adam Shipp, and educator and landcare facilitator Sam Harrison. Educators will receive a Professional Development Certificate.