Cultural immersion education and training
Curtin’s powerful and authentic cultural immersion education and training experiences are designed for industry and community organisations to develop an in-depth awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practices, knowledge and history.
Through a range of customisable, hands-on experiences, our skilled Aboriginal educators will help to develop your capabilities to understand, respect and engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and enhance your knowledge of Nyungar and wider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of being, working and doing.
We welcome both small and large groups either On Country, at your workplace, or on one of our campuses. Types of experiences available include:
Level 1 – Acknowledgement of Country Writing Workshops
1-hour Workshop, in person
This experience is delivered by the Cultural Capability team, participants will be guided by Aboriginal educators to develop their own meaningful Acknowledgment and gain knowledge of Curtin’s reconciliation journey at Curtin.
Level 1 – Wanju Mia
3-hour experience, on-campus, in person
This experience is delivered by the Cultural Capability team, participants will gain knowledge of Curtin’s reconciliation journey and an introduction to Nyungar knowledge and practices from a Whadjuk perspective, session is hosted at the yarning circle.
Level 1 – Wanju Boorloo
3-hour experience, off-campus, in person
This experience is delivered by the Cultural Capability team, participants will gain knowledge of Curtin’s reconciliation journey and the pre-and post-colonial history of Boorloo (Perth CBD) and Nyungar knowledge and practices from a Whadjuk perspective. Participants will be able to visit Curtin’s city buildings at 137 and 139 St Georges Terrace.
Level 2 – On-Country Immersion Experiences
Full-day experience, in person
The on-country immersion experiences are delivered by the Cultural Capability team in a full-day learning program. In this learning experience on country participants visit many Aboriginal significant historic sites and hear stories from Indigenous Australians. Participants learn many Indigenous ways of knowing and doing that is explored in practical ways, building on the competency of understanding and interacting with Aboriginal peoples and societies. There are two location-based experiences offered which include costs associated transport and catering costs, it has a minimum of 16 participants.
- Wadjemup (Rottnest Island)
Level 2 – Carrolup Story Workshop
1.5-hour experience, in person
This experience is delivered in partnership with the John Curtin Gallery and Cultural Capability team. On this experience participants will learn about the Stolen Generation and its impacts through the story of the Aboriginal child artists of Carrolup, held at the John Curtin Gallery on the Curtin Perth campus.
Level 2 – Wogga Warniny (Blanket Exercise)
3.5-hour experience, in person
This experience is delivered by the Cultural Capability team, participants will gain an understanding of the early history between West Australian Aboriginal people and colonisers through this interactive, hands-on experience. This experience requires a minimum of 24 participants.
Tailored workshops and education sessions
One hour to multiple days
Work with our educators to develop workshops or education sessions which meet the needs of your organisation. These might include:
- Experiencing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and practices.
- Learning about Nyungar history and heritage.
- Developing cross-cultural understanding in order to be an effective manager or colleague.
- Learning to speak some Nyungar language.
- Developing impactful Reconciliation Action Plans.
- Developing understanding and ways to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.