The 3rd National Indigenous Education and Boarding Symposium, was held on 17-19 March 2020

In 2018 at the National Indigenous Education and Boarding Symposium we met to share our collective knowledge of Indigenous student boarding through the lens of the:

  • Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse,
  • The power of education: From surviving to thriving Educational opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students report and,
  • the Study Away review.

The 2nd Symposium in 2019 explored the practical challenges, good practices and the call to do Whatever it Takes in our own school’s context to achieve the IEBA vision ‘that all Indigenous students attain educational outcomes that enable them to be successful in their future choices’.

In 2020 we sought your contribution to shaping a National Indigenous Cultural Boarding Standard. We know the risks and challenges of Indigenous student boarding. We know what good practice looks like. We now need to act collectively to create a standard we should all aspire to.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS included Opening Address, Senator the Hon Sarah Henderson, Liberal Senator for Victoria. Chair of Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights

Keynote – Why do we need a Standard? Hon Warren Snowdon MP, Shadow Assistant Minister for Northern Australia, Shadow Assistant Minister for External Territories, Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Australians.

Film screening – In My Blood It Runs

Keynote – Guiding Principles – Dr Christine Evans, Associate Professor of Practice, National Centre for Cultural Competence (NCCC)

Keynote – The Framework for a Standard – Dr Tessa Benveniste, Senior Research Officer, Indigenous Health, CQUniversity

Indigenous Boarding Awards Dinner, The Pier, Geelong Waterfront.

VENUE: Geelong Conference Centre, 20 Adams Court, East Geelong Thank you very much to the wonderful team at the Geelong Conference Centre. A ideal venue and friendly service.

Boarding Buzz – 23 March 2020 – Symposium wrap – Awards – COVID 19 webinar

Boarding Buzz – 12 March – Symposium update and Awards Finalists announced

Boarding Buzz – 3 March 2020 – Special edition from the CEO

Boarding Buzz – 6 February 2020 – Keynote speaker announced

Boarding Buzz – 23 January 2020 – Indigenous Boarding Awards

Boarding Buzz – 9 December 2019 – Symposium Showcases Award winning film

Boarding Buzz – 2 December 2019 – Symposium Opening address by Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP

Boarding Buzz – November 2019 – Shaping a Standard

Boarding Buzz – mid-November – It’s time for a National Indigenous Cultural Boarding Standard