An episode of the panel discussion show Q & A that aired on the 10th of September featured high school students discussing matters that are important to them. One of the topics discussed was the potential for more inclusion of Aboriginal history within school lessons. The panel, which also included a Wakka Wakka man & student Rueben Davis urged educational curriculum to reflect the struggles of First Nations peoples in this country.
Currently, it is not mandatory for Australian classrooms in all states to discuss topics like the frontier wars, land rights or the reconciliation movement.
Dr Sheelagh Daniels-Mayes is a Kamilaroi woman and a lecturer and researcher in Indigenous education with the University’s Sydney School of Education and Social Work. She spoke with CAAMA’s Philippe Perez about the inclusion of this history within schools.