Different Cultures, Common Ground is a series of customised cultural awareness workshops developed by organisations that engage, employ and provide services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The programs are designed to provide guidelines and strategies for engaging appropriately with Indigenous people and communities. They aim to improve understanding and appreciation of Indigenous culture and provide the tools for establishing meaningful relationships with Indigenous Australians both inside and outside the workplace.
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Different Cultures Common Ground workshops are tailored to meet your organisational needs. They are delivered in either two day, one day or information session format, with structure dependant on organisational requirements.
Workshops are facilitated by qualified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainers, incorporating a local Indigenous representative from your community or region.
Prior to commencement, TAFE staff will meet your representatives from your organisation to discuss requirements, content and outcomes. All workshops utilise modern teaching practices that encourage participation and group interaction.
Different Cultures Common Ground workshops are facilitated by qualified and experienced Indigenous trainers from a range of different backgrounds and regions. Trainers are also assisted by local Indigenous representatives who provide valuable local knowledge and references on local traditions and protocols.
Workshop facilitators are committed to providing a learning environment that is friendly and relaxing and ensuring all participants develop a long lasting awareness of local Indigenous culture.
Post-workshop support is also available to all participants through the Indigenous Lead Centre at Tropical North Queensland TAFE.
Two day course
39269QLD course in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Cultural Awareness
Accredited cultural awareness training delivered over two days includes:
Welcome to country
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history (prior to and post colonisation)
Politics, social structure, kinship in traditional society
Arts, lore and economy in traditional society
Identify and apply cultural protocols
Interaction with individuals and communities
Ways to enhance working with Indigenous people
Strategies to value and respect cultural differences
All participants are assessed and receive a recognised Statement of Attainment
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One day workshop
Cultural awareness workshop delivered over one day includes:
Traditional Aboriginal and Torres Islander societies
Impacts of colonisation
Issues facing contemporary Australia
Brief session for specific items/topics of interest. Delivered over 2-4 hours.
All participants will receive a Different Cultures Common Ground resource kit for use during the workshop and for future reference. This includes:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history
Protocols when visiting Indigenous communities
Indigenous issues in contemporary Australia
Ongoing training broadcast
Many organisations have an ongoing requirement for Cultural Awareness training for their staff. At your request your organisation can be included on our distribution list to receive future broadcasts about Cultural Awareness training sessions and session times.
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