DEW’s First Nations Partnerships and Reconciliation Unit has been rolling out in-house cross-cultural awareness training since the Unit’s formation in 2017, delivering training to over 400 DEW staff, as well as the many volunteers, community members, board members and partners the department works with across the State.
There are currently three free in-house training sessions on offer, which are run as part of the ‘Our Responsibilities on First Nations Country training framework’, guided by DEW’s upcoming and updated Reconciliation Action Plan.
Training sessions can also be arranged for whole branches, regions and offices to participate, which can be tailored to the business of any group.
Curious to learn what they’re all about?
Each session is designed to create understanding of why reconciliation and partnering with First Nations is important in the work we do in DEW and across Landscapes SA.
Shared History of South Australia since 1880
This training takes participants on an interactive story-telling journey of how the interactions between First Nations, Europeans and the subsequential British-Australian governance systems, from the 1800s up until present, have impacted First Nations in South Australia. The interactive part is followed by a debrief that unpacks the shared history and what that means for us personally and professionally today. The first session for 2020 will be held in Waymouth Street on 3 February.
This training gets participants ‘reversing the gaze’, reflecting on your own culture, how it shapes how we view the cultures of others, and the impact of the majority of western culture in Australia. This training is focussed on understanding privilege and privileging and how it operates in our society, things people are born into, not earned or deserved, that afford opportunities or barriers that others may not have. The first session for 2020 will be held in Waymouth Street on 20 February.
This training tackles a difficult but necessary topic to cover. This session unpacks the foundations of racism in Australia, forms of racism, why it is hard to talk about racism, the impacts of racism on those experiencing it, and why we all have a responsibility as public servants and citizens to identify it and stand up to it. The first session for 2020 will be held in Waymouth Street on 4 March.
These sessions are not designed to replace Aboriginal Cultural Awareness training, but are a pre-cursor to engaging external Aboriginal training service providers to deliver training which focuses on Aboriginal cultures in general, or region and nation specific cultures, their interests and protocols, providing relationship building opportunities with staff.
Head to iShare (internal access only) to book and attend these sessions. To arrange Aboriginal Cultural Awareness training relevant to your work location, please contact DEW.ReconciliationUnit@sa.gov.au, your regional Aboriginal Engagement Officer (internal access only) or view the Corporate Training Calendar (internal access only).