Jindaola is an educational developmental program that is specific to the UOW and the campuses that fall within Yuin country. This age old methodological approach was negotiated with Aboriginal elders and knowledge holders across Country for permission and endorsement to engage university academic and professional staff on a journey of decolonising deconstructing and ….
Jindaola is a UOW program created through respectful collaboration between the Yuin Aboriginal Community and UOW Academic Developers. Please be aware of the specific and sensitive Knowledges within the program. You will need to seek permission to use those.
Name: The term derives from Dharawal language, spoken by the Aboriginal community on Yuin Country. The term was chosen in by the Aboriginal community to represent the program and its ways.
Concept: The concept has been created through collaboration between representatives of the Aboriginal Community from Yuin Country and UOW Academic developers. The program and its philosophy is only relevant on Yuin Country given that its way is a Yuin way. Therefore, Jindaola is a program intimately embedded and grounded in Yuin Country, privileging place and people and their relationship with the particular Knowledges of Yuin Country and its people. The program insists on the acknowledgement and practice of respect, responsibility and reciprocity and therefore application or appropriation ‘off-Country’ would be considered highly disrespectful to the Yuin and the relationship built between their communities and the University of Wollongong.
Images: Drawings and images related to the program are copyrighted. They are representing sensitive cultural meaning living on Yuin Country. Images used on this website are drawn by Jade Kennedy.
Seeking written permission to use the program’s name, images and content, is required, even with prior verbal approval. This shall apply for UOW staff as well as external stakeholders.
Seeking written permission to use Jade Kennedy’s (Knowledge holder) name and image, is required, even with prior verbal approval. This shall apply for UOW staff as well as external stakeholders.
Using Methodology outside Yuin Country
Where it is ‘common practice’ within the academy to apply ‘good practice’ from elsewhere to respond to a similar area of need, in the case of Jindaola such transferability is not as easy nor direct.
We acknowledge that across Australia and even beyond, academic developers urgently seek successful methods for decolonising curriculum and reconciling Knowledges from different cultures. Although Jindaola cannot under any circumstances be copied as a pre-packaged, ‘plug-and-play’ program, there are some principles and approaches that may be considered in facilitating a path towards curriculum reconciliation in other contexts. These considerations could include:
- shifting one’s philosophical approach to differing Knowledges from a deficit to a strengths-based model
- working towards and facilitating genuine ongoing two-way relationships around cultural Knowledges and perspectives with the appropriate Knowledge Holders to create shared principles for practice.
- making space for and privileging non-dominant cultural epistemologies, ontologies and pedagogies within a tailored learning environment.
The process of reconciling Knowledges must be created on Country in respect to its ways. This relationship extends beyond place, it includes the people and culture of that place, and hence the individuality and particularity of each case and significance of this when respectfully building knowledge-based relationships. The objective is knowledge integrity, and in achieving this, it is the responsibility of universities, academics developers and local community to not perpetuate colonising approaches that prescribe and position non-dominant cultural knowledges within the curriculum as ‘other’.
Establishing foundational knowledge-based relationships however will foster change and offer a holistic understanding of how disciplinary knowledges relate across cultures and within a multifaceted and multilayered society.
About the Knowledge Holder
Jade Kennedy is a Yuin man from the Illawarra and South Coast of NSW and has been privileged with the intimate Knowledges of his peoples customs, culture and Country. For the past 18 years Jade has worked within various roles, both professional and academic, at the University of Wollongong bringing together these two worlds by focusing on the incorporating and embedding of Aboriginal knowledges and perspectives within tertiary education curricculum.