What is Yapaneyepuk?
Yapaneyepuk is an interactive, two-day program of keynote presentations and panel discussions followed by an optional day of innovative professional learning site visits to local icons.
This gathering in Melbourne, Australia will contribute to new partnerships and improved outcomes whilst showcasing the importance of the connection between culture, wellbeing, social and economic wellbeing. These connections will be explored with the experience of a global group of First Nations educators through the lens of key Aboriginal values.
First Nations Educators leading the themes of the Symposium are:
- Rigoberta Menchú Tum; Laj Chimel, Quiche’ Guatemala, Activist & Politician; Goodwill Ambassador, Nobel Peace Prize, 1992 (Culture).
- Professor Kerry Arabena, Director, Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit, Centre for Health and Society, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, Australia (Wellbeing).
- Distinguished Professor Graham Hingangaroa Smith, Vice-Chancellor/Chief Executive Officer, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, New Zealand (Partnerships).
- Jana Harcharek, Director of the North Slope Borough School District’s Iñupiaq Education Department, Alaska (Learning Knowledge Systems).
Participants will be immersed in three days of programming designed to:
- Deepen knowledge and understanding of First Nations ways of knowing, being, doing and learning
- Connect international educators who share their knowledge and are willing to ‘walk together’ to make a difference
- Provide opportunities to discuss, share and network at a local, national and international level
- Support the development of the knowledge and understanding required to complete the Australian Teaching Standards 1.4 and 2.4 (that teachers should have strategies for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and that teachers should understand and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians).
On the third day participants can choose from three site visits to local icons:
- Worawa Aboriginal College
- Healesville Sanctuary
- Bunjilaka at Melbourne Museum – First Peoples Exhibition
- Ian Potter Centre at the National Gallery of Victoria and the Koori Heritage Trust
The Symposium will precede Garma, Australia’s most significant Indigenous event and a privileged opportunity to experience aspects of Yolngu culture in remote East Arnhem Land.
Who is behind the Symposium?
Yapaneyepuk is an initiative of the Worawa Aboriginal College, Professional Learning Institute Australia. Worawa is Victoria’s only Aboriginal school. The Yapaneyepuk Symposium is convened by the Worawa Academic Reference Group (WARG).
Why is this event important?
As part of Worawa’s ongoing work to develop an International First Nations Education Network, Yapaneyepuk will provide essential learning and collaboration between those who work to improve educational outcomes for the world’s Indigenous young people through an International event that will build capacity and social capital among participants.
*Yapaneyepuk means ‘coming together’ in Yorta Yorta language