Shino Konishi, Leah Lui-Chivizhe, and Lisa Slater
Australian National University, University of Sydney & RMIT
From 2005 to 2007 we had the enriching, yet demanding, experience of teaching Indigenous Australian studies together at the Koori Centre, University of Sydney. We each taught a number of different units of study including a large survey course, Introduction to Indigenous Australia, to local and international students. In the last few years of the Howard government it was no easy task to convey to young non-Indigenous Australian students the particular history and experience of Indigenous Australians. Most had grown up in a conservative culture which marginalised Indigenous people and silenced Indigenous political voices, and so had little experience in engaging with Indigenous history or the continuing legacy of Australia's colonial past.
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