2023 Reconciliation Collective Forum
Closing the Gap through Education, Enterprise and Leadership
Over 80 people attended and participated in practical reconciliation, sharing ideas and experiences throughout the day. Speakers from various industries, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, including educational professionals, spoke about a range of experiences and topics. About how to assist First Nations students and what is holding them back. Insightful and inspiring conversations were had, facilitated by our MCs Cultural Growth Consultant Helen Ransom and our own Reconciliation Tasmania education expert, Marnie Ritz.
The program was fantastic, speakers just super inspiring and the conversation in the room flowed beautifully.Helen Ransom
Morning tea and a light lunch were provided at the beautiful Function and Conference Centre, 1 Elizabeth Street Pier, Hobart.
Main topics included:
– Learning pathways in and out of tertiary education. In > from school and Out > as graduates.
– Promoting Aboriginal Enterprise through incubation and entrepreneurship.
A case study was provided and worked on in groups focusing on an 18-year-old palawa woman named ‘Jane’ who had been thrust into a workplace on an identified traineeship as a receptionist in a government organisation. A four day role which she stayed in for just five months. Questions were provided around complaints Jane received to do with her attire, and other issues. This sparked lively conversation around why a young First Nations person may need some extra support in such a situation at times. One pertinent question included in the case study was:
- What factors do you think influenced Jane’s decision to seek employment over higher education at university?
A Referendum Conversation Table was set-up to provide clear information and education about the upcoming First Nations Voice to Parliament referendum.