‘Time for a change in direction’ : using Indigenous knowledges as the driving force for change

Fredericks, Bronwyn L. (2013) ‘Time for a change in direction’ : using Indigenous knowledges as the driving force for change. In Charles Darwin Symposium 2013 : Indigenous Knowledges in a Changing World, 21-22 April 2013, Charles Darwin University, Casuarina Campus .

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We live in a time of change, of rapid change in some cases. Regardless of where we live as Indigenous peoples we see this, feel this, know this and understand this. Yet how do we manage this? At times Indigenous knowledge and Western knowledge are aligned and at other times diametrically opposed. This is also the case when examining how Indigenous knowledges are viewed, accessed and used even when politicians, governments and institutions are searching for answers and solutions for Indigenous people and for broader Australian society. Sometimes we have witnessed Indigenous knowledges too far down the back, at the bottom of the list and even disregarded. In some cases Indigenous peoples and our knowledges have been positioned as the victims of modernity. Imagine if we could draw on the strength of Indigenous knowledges as the driving force to change direction or for change. We can do this. This paper will explore some of the ways we might do this and bring about an improved society for all peoples.

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ID Code: 65570
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
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Keywords: Aboriginal , Torres Strait Islander, Indigenous , Education , Wellbeing, Change, Australia, Indigenous Knowledges Symposium, Charles Darwin University , 2013
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (111701)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education (130301)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Research Centres > Indigenous Studies Research Network
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 please consult author(s)
Deposited On: 22 Dec 2013 22:32
Last Modified: 26 Dec 2013 16:51

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