An Australian Voice

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducation and Belonging
EditorsNigel Bagnall, Elizabeth Cassity
Place of PublicationNew York, United States
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9781612097114
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


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