The Know Your Country campaign utilises First Nations knowledges and perspectives to decolonise the way we think about First Nations people and the land we continue to occupy. It provides a means to bridge the knowledge gap that has emerged as a result of the oppression of First Nations history and colonisation for over 200 years.

The Know Your Country campaign advocates for local traditional and contemporary knowledge to be shared with the education system. The purpose of First Nations Cultural Educators is not to replace teachers, but to be an additional and valuable resource for bridging a knowledge gap, and to build sustainable relationships between local First Nations people and schools in their communities, ensuring cultural regeneration and continuity. The use of local knowledge and First Nations Cultural Educators maintains authentic knowledge that reflects the diversity of First Nations cultures all over Australia – avoiding a one-size-fits-all approach to knowledge building.

The resources provided by the Know Your Country campaign through the employment of First Nations Cultural Educators, take actions and online resources available for educators, students, organisations and individuals, as well as simple visual acknowledgements also contribute to the Closing The Gap targets

Where there is an increase in the employment of First Nations people, relationship building and transforming government organisations where First Nations Cultural education becomes a core component of the Australian curriculum, First Nations peoples and communities are afforded the opportunity to share their culture and raise awareness and appreciation for the adversity faced throughout the community.

First Nations cultural education is not only desired by First Nations people and educators, the campaign-commissioned Children’s Voice survey found that seven in 10 primary school students want to regularly learn from a First Nations Cultural Educator. This provides an opportunity for Australians to learn from one of the world’s oldest living cultures, as well as an opportunity for First Nations educators to contribute to a process of truth-telling and reconciliation with Australia’s future generations and leaders.

Discover new ways to acknowledge the First Nations Country you’re on and learn more about the Know Your Country Campaign, visit www.knowyourcountry.com.au