A guide to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures: The important first step to reconciliation


By Jo Goodwin

In Australia, we have two distinct peoples who are Indigenous to our nation: Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Whether or not you are beginning or continuing your learning on how to best include and explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures with young children, it is your commitment, time, values and attitudes that will progress these ideas. An ongoing commitment to progressing reconciliation with young children can be achieved through building positive relationships, demonstrating respect and creating opportunities with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader community in which you live and work. Progressing reconciliation can at times be challenging, difficult and slow. It can also be inspiring, energising and open a world of possibilities.



This Everyday Learning Series title explores:

  • who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians?
  • what is reconciliation?
  • relationships and opportunities
  • how to demonstrate respect.

About the Everyday Learning Series:

Early Childhood Australia’s Everyday Learning Series acknowledges that the most important early learning happens through day-to-day life experiences and provides ideas and strategies on ways educators and families can make the most of these experiences to support children’s development. By ‘making the ordinary, extraordinary’, the Everyday Learning Series is an invaluable resource for educators, students of early education, beginning practitioners, and families by assisting them in maximising young children’s play, exploration and discovery, and development within learning environments.

Subscribe to the Everyday Learning Series:

The Everyday Learning Series (EDL) is a 12 month, four-issue subscription. Subscribers also receive bonus online resources which may be shared with educators and families. Learn more here. 

ECA offers libraries and institutions a perpetual access fee. Please contact ECA directly on 1800 356 900 (free call) to obtain the licensing agreement or to order.

Additional information

Weight 0.1 kg
Dimensions 17.3 × 24.5 cm



Paperback, e-version

Year published


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