Legistrative Council E-Petitions

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Indigenous history and culture in the Victorian school curriculum
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council
the lack of education regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ culture, history and language in Victorian schools.

True Australian history must be taught in schools that predates the colonisation and discovery of Australia by the British. Many Victorians feel very strongly that integrating history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into schooling will have profound positive impacts on Victorian society.

Aboriginal culture is the oldest on this planet, and Victorians want to be able to celebrate this culture all together. Positive measures need to be taken to improve the human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to ensure true equality in Victorian society. Racism is detrimental to both the mental and physical health of those effected. Tackling this issue must start with the education system as this is the root of the problem.

Currently, there is limited understanding and knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in Victorian society, which is a great shame and only serves to alienate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Minister for Education, the Hon James Merlino MP, to work with the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority and introduce a compulsory curriculum centred around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history for all Victorian school age students, developed in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and communities.
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