A ground-breaking celebration of Country at CNPS

A ground-breaking celebration of Country at CNPS

Carlton North Primary School is delighted to invite you to the official launch of

Bruce Pascoe’s Young Dark Emu: A Truer History

and the Carlton North Primary School

Young Dark Emu Indigenous Garden and Learning Walk

Wednesday 26 June, 9.00am to 12 noon

60 Lee St, Carlton North

In the lead-up to NAIDOC Week (7-14 July) Carlton North Primary School will host the official launch of Bruce Pascoe’s Young Dark Emu: A Truer History. This historic event will include a smoking ceremony and didgeridoo performance, and the raising of the Aboriginal flag at the school for the first time, with a permanent second flag pole having recently been erected at the school.

Bruce Pascoe, a Bunurong, Yuin and Tasmanian man born in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond, has three grandchildren at Carlton North Primary School. Three generations of his family will be taking part in this unique launch of his latest book, alongside the opening of the school’s new indigenous bushfood garden, which is inspired by the book’s message.

Currently based in NSW, acclaimed author Bruce Pascoe won the Person of the Year award at the 2018 National Dreamtime Awards.

Further information

More about the Young Dark Emu Indigenous Garden & Learning Walk:

The Young Dark Emu Indigenous Garden & Learning Walk will be developed as a whole school project within the Science Curriculum in collaboration with CNPS students, the Wurundjeri Tribal Council and local community with the aims to:

  • further develop relationships between students, traditional owners and community
  • improve understanding and appreciation of Indigenous culture
  • enhance habitat for ecologically and culturally significant native species within the school grounds
  • reconnect students and teachers with biodiversity, by building a powerful connection to a native species through the RMIT Iconic Species project
  • deliver health and well-being benefits to school children and community through engagement with nature.

More about Young Dark Emu – A Truer History:

Bruce Pascoe has collected a swathe of literary awards for Dark Emu and now he has brought together the research and compelling first person accounts in a book for younger readers. Using the accounts of early European explorers, colonists and farmers, Bruce Pascoe compellingly argues for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer label for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. He allows the reader to see Australia as it was before Europeans arrived – a land of cultivated farming areas, productive fisheries, permanent homes, and an understanding of the environment and its natural resources that supported thriving villages across the continent. Young Dark Emu – A Truer History asks young readers to consider a different version of Australia’s history pre-European colonisation. Teaching resources available here: https://www.magabala.com/media/wysiwyg/Teacher_Notes/Magabala_YDE_Teachers_Guide.pdf

More about Bruce Pascoe:

Bruce Pascoe is a Bunurong, Yuin and Tasmanian man born in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond. He is a member of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative of southern Victoria and has been the director of the Australian Studies Project for the Commonwealth Schools Commission. Bruce has had a varied career as a teacher, farmer, fisherman, barman, fencing contractor, lecturer, Aboriginal language researcher, archaeological site worker and editor. His book Fog a Dox won the Young Adult category of the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. His book Dark Emu: Black Seeds: agriculture or accident won the NSW Premier’s Book of the Year Award in 2016. Bruce won the Person of the Year award at the 2018 National Dreamtime Awards.

More about Carlton North Primary School:

 Carlton North Primary School is a small inner city school that values and celebrates diversity and inclusion. The principal of the school is Rachel Corben. http://www.carltonnthps.vic.edu.au/


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