Cultural Support

NAIDOC week events

NAIDOC celebrations are held around Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Each year, a theme is chosen to reflect the important issues and events for NAIDOC Week.

 Future Footprints coordinates this theme with other activities where possible, such as the Black and White Social. in 2020, the dates have been postponed, and the theme is Always Was, Always Will Be. In 2019 the theme was Voice, Treaty, Truth.

Each year Future Footprints assists its participating schools with various activities, assemblies, and celebrations as part of NAIDOC week. As NAIDOC week falls during the school holidays, schools choose their own week to celebrate; at the end of term 2 or start of term 3. Future Footprints can assist in any activities the school wants to run, including designing and creating a personalised sand mural with each school and the students, speak at assemblies, paintings, classroom activities, and connecting to members of the local Aboriginal community.

More information on NAIDOC week can be found on their website.

 

Reconciliation 

The end of May is a very significant week in the Australian calendar. The 26th of May is National Sorry Day and the week following is National Reconciliation Week.

Perth has a huge community celebration where schools are invited to attend a gathering in Wellington Square hosted by Reconciliation WA. Many schools also plan their own events and ceremonies with smoking ceremonies, inviting Elders to schools, and projects such as the Sea of Hands and other respectful and meaningful activities.

More information about National Reconciliation Week can be found on their website.

The Narragunnawali program by Reconciliation Australia has a lot of resources for schools on implementing reconciliation in their community.

 

Coordinator Support

Coordinator Network Meetings

A network of Coordinators from each school’s Aboriginal program has been developed with regular communication between Future Footprints and the coordinator. In addition, a forum is held once per term to plan events, share ideas and to discuss any issues or concerns.

The Network Meetings serve as a means of providing information to schools on a range of topics. Guest speakers are invited where appropriate.

These meetings are an avenue to facilitate or provide Professional Learning to teaching and support staff as required. They also assist schools in accessing information on best practices, including other programs and services.