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Reflections Magazine : Reflections Magazine Issue 53 Summer 2013
9 Comprising 64 cards, the resource promotes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inclusion and the sharing of traditional ways of being and knowing. On the front of each card is a key visual image, extended by conceptual questions and provocations on the back. These images and provocations enable conversation and reflection, and support the journey to enhance the inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and traditions into our service delivery and strengthen our connections to community. The Deadly Cards were commissioned by the Health and Community Services Workforce Council, and informed and developed by the work of the Deadly River Sisters. An action research group comprising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous early childhood educators explored questions around the central provocation: ‘ What is at the heart of acknowledging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and embedding cultural practices in our community?’ Engaged through the action research methodology, the Deadly River Sisters generously shared personal and professional experiences. The project set out to deepen understanding, providing a sense of belonging, being and becoming. It linked with the National Quality Standard and approved frameworks to unpack the cultural competence and cultural integrity of the early childhood education and care sector. The project enabled connections with local traditional custodians, elders and community members to suppor t real and ongoing partnerships on deadly river country. The project invited educators to explore and critically reflect upon assumptions, bias, cultural competence and ideology in relation to their community and contexts. There is no wrong way to engage with the Deadly Cards. Find a peaceful place. Pick a card, look, reflect, question, share and discover. See where the journey takes you! ‘There is no power greater than a community discovering what it cares about. Ask 'What's possible?', not 'What's wrong?' Notice what you care about. Assume many others share your dreams. Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters. Remember you don’t fear people whose story you know. Real listening always brings people closer together!’ Margaret J Wheatley The invitation is to build more culturally conscious individuals and organisations, aware of their purpose and their impacts on the families and children in the context of their community. The Deadly Cards, as a resource, are a deliberate attempt to translate that purpose into respectful connections that recognise and acknowledge Australia’s first people. “DEADLY” means cool, awesome, wicked! The Deadly Cards are an exciting and innovative new resource designed to stimulate reflective conversation and build culturally aware practice across organisations, groups and individuals. Author: Jan Ungerer Workforce Consultant Health and Community Services Workforce Council The 'Deadly Cards' resource can be ordered from the Health and Community Services Workforce Council Ph: 07 3239 3094 reflections.issue53_Layout 1 11/11/13 2:27 PM Page 9
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