Aboriginal leaders seek role in national curriculum
Justine Ferrari, 26/10/09
Indigenous leaders, academics and educators are angered by a lack of consultation in the development of the national school curriculum, which they argue relegates Aboriginal people and their culture to “historical artifacts”. In a letter to Education Minister Julia Gillard, obtained by The Australian, the group calls for indigenous people to be actively consulted and involved in the development of the curriculum, including a representative on the board of the National Curriculum Authority. The letter, which will be sent this week to Ms Gillard and the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority, says failure to engage with indigenous people and include their perspectives in the curriculum is at odds with federal government policy, and the sentiment expressed in Kevin Rudd’s Sorry Day speech to lay claim “to a future that embraces all Australians”.