From my Australian Aboriginal perspective, in the postcolonial - neo-liberal economic and social cultural environment that we live in, the concepts that are education and belonging seem two very different constructs. Yet, this paper will outline how for the Indigenous Australian, education and belonging are indeed related. The initial discussion reviews the Indigenous position on what 'belonging' ultimately means. Secondly, education from the Indigenous perspective within settler society will be discussed. Finally the two somewhat unrelated concepts will be reviewed from a somewhat biased Indigenous perspective. Unashamedly biased, as the Indigenous voice has been denies so often in postcolonial literature. Perhaps it is time for the non-Indigenous to sit back, relax, and listen to our story - our view - our world, and our universe. Then and only then will the terminology 'our', (being the Indigenous) be understood in that it is indeed inclusive; a shared realm for all humans. When we understand the concept that is inclusiveness of society perhaps then we can move forward and understand Aboriginal knowledge processes and include this within the Australian education curriculum. This is what this chapter hopes to achieve; if at the worst it provides an all but too-brief discussion from Aboriginal eyes then at least the reader will have achieved an insight.
|Title of host publication||Education and Belonging|
|Editors||Nigel Bagnall, Elizabeth Cassity|
|Place of Publication||New York, United States|
|Publisher||Nova Science Publishers|
|Number of pages||25|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|