In developing the partnership between Bendigo Tech School and Nalderun Aboriginal Corporation for our Secondary School Agriculture Fund Project (SSAF), BTS staff took part in two-day intensive ally training called Self-Reflection Conversations.
The discussion was facilitated by Zoe Scoglio and John Bonnice, and focused on how to be a better ally to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through reflecting on white privilege, racism, and decolonisation. The talks challenged the team to create a deeper understanding of identity by examining various aspects of our lives, such as race, gender, ethnicity, family and professional roles, and religious affiliations. By exploring how our worldviews are shaped we are better equipped to comprehend our connections to others, ideas, and events.
Throughout the two days, we covered topics including the privilege we experience compared to other groups and looking at diverse perspectives in order to advocate for those whose voices are marginalised. The team learned that being an ally involves more than just possessing knowledge; it involves engaging with the community and initiating conversations about the challenges faced by marginalised groups. By actively participating in these discussions, you contribute to raising awareness and understanding of their struggles.
The sessions were extremely useful and timely given the quickly approaching referendum on ‘The Voice’ and us helped create closer working relations with Nalderun, as well as within the Bendigo Tech School team.
If you are interested in taking part in a Self-Reflection Conversation series contact [email protected] or check out the Friends of Nalderun Facebook page.
Click these links to find out more about the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and The Voice to Parliament: Fact sheet: Referendum question and constitutional amendment | The Voice.