Teaching First Nations Perspectives

  • Gianna Rizzo, The Dreaming Project, 2023
    Gianna Rizzo, The Dreaming Project, 2023
Teaching First Nations Perspectives
Thursday 20 July 2023, 4:30—7:30pm
Event Information

Learn how to embed First Nations perspectives in your classroom with Footscray Community Arts’ First Nations led Professional Development Program. Teachers are encouraged to expand their knowledge of First Nations’ histories and culture as well as gain the confidence to present these viewpoints in sensitive and impactful ways. These sessions will have a focus on meeting leading First Nations artists and hearing and learning from their practice.

This year we are delighted to be able to offer two professional development sessions.

The first Professional Development Session is FREE (with limited spots available).

The Professional Development Session will cover the following topics:

  • The meaning behind an Acknowledgement of Country
  • How to write an Acknowledgement of Country with your Students- localising and personalising your connection
  • Two creative workshops, led by First Nations artists, that model how to embed First Nations Perspectives in the classroom.
  • You will leave with resources for further learning
  • You will receive a Certificate of Completion.


This Program is proudly supported by The Department of Education’s Strategic Partnerships Program.

Date & Times

Thursday 20 July, 4:30 pm-7:30 pm

Performance Space



Auslan interpretation

Meet the Artists
  • Maya Hoge
    Maya Hoge

    Maya Hodge is a proud Lardil and Yangkaal emerging writer, curator and creative, based on the lands of the Kulin Nation. Maya’s creative practice explores the power of disrupting colonial narratives through project-based work dedicated to uplifting First Nations storytelling and artistic autonomy.

    Maya is a president artist at this mob collective’s studio space based at Collingwood Yards and a founding member of Ensemble Dutala, Australia’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander chamber ensemble. Her writing has been published by Australian Poetry, Craft Victoria, Kill Your Darlings, Hardie Grant, and Overland Literary Magazine. She has also contributed to projects and residencies with La Trobe Arts Institute, Footscray Community Arts Centre, and the Archie Roach Foundation. Last year, Maya co-curated Collective Movements at Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA).

  • Dylan Singh
    Dylan Singh

    Dylan Singh is a proud Wiradjuri man from Albury nsw hailing from the mighty legacy of the fruit flies circus having been trained by his mother an original fruit fly Tanya Lester. Dylan is a cultural practitioner and uses his culture to inspire and steer his stories he tells. Dylan has performed for some of Australia’s most prestigious circus companies such as circus oz, company two and casus. Dylan has now entered the world of producing. Producing his own works with his first major works that was premiered for Footscray Neighborhood festival. Using technology and modern means to bring new light to dreaming stories of mob all around Australia.