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Jindaola

Jindaola – The journey of embedding Aboriginal knowledge and perspectives across Early Start

Jindaola is an exciting initiative developed in consultation with local Elders and knowledge holders that follows an approach modelled on traditional Aboriginal systems for maintaining knowledge integrity.

A protector of many many Knowledges, the goanna Jindaola [Jinda-ole-la] walks from place to place helping people know ‘proper way’. He speaks of protocol, the sacred and the special, and the appropriate practices we must perform to maintain the continuation of these.

A protector of many many Knowledges, the goanna Jindaola [Jinda-ole-la] walks from place to place helping people know ‘proper way’. He speaks of protocol, the sacred and the special, and the appropriate practices we must perform to maintain the continuation of these.

Embedding Aboriginal perspectives and knowledge into all levels of curriculum and practice is often met with uncertainty. Building capacity and confidence to embed Indigenous practices and acknowledge Traditional Owners and Country on which we teach and learn must be central to our practice.

A core group representing each of the pillars in Early Start (Discovery Space, Research & Advocacy, Engagement Centres and Social Impact & Leadership) has connected and together we are on a journey of reflection, discovery, as well as the formation of many questions…. yet to be unravelled.

The Jindaola journey has involved UOW-wide collaborations, as well as more intimate gatherings. Key principles of the journey have included discussion and dissemination of ideas, relating to ‘Joining the Journey’, ‘Mapping the Landscape’ and ‘Sharing the Way’.

Embedding key values of routine, regularity and reciprocity, the journey for Early Start has involved a number of initiatives, such as weekly yarns, the preparation and sharing of Aboriginal tucker, information sharing and embracing the journey that we walk together.

We will continue to share our story as we continue the journey of respectful connection to Country.

Read the Jindaola Handbook here.

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