Canberra Short Courses
You don't have to be a city resident to register for the Canberring Short Course. This program is offered by the ACT Government and offers an outstanding opportunity for high school students to learn about a new item of legislation. This innovative program gives students a taste of the many challenges and rewards associated with becoming an active participant in Australian politics. If you want to make an impression on the nation, this program can help. It is also great fun for young people.
The first course in the Canberring Short Course
is entitled Ancient traditions. The four topics are Ancient history, cultural diversity and multiculturalism, the written word and literature. This program has been developed to give students an insight into Australia's historical and cultural heritage. Students will study a selection of documents that reflect on these traditions and learn how to interpret these documents. The heritage pack also contains a mini history textbook.
Canopy Heritage: From Aurangzeb to John Howard, the impact of the Mughal Empire on Australia can never be ignored. The second in the Canberring Short Courses series looks at the impact of the same regime on the indigenous Australian cultures. In the Canopy Heritage series, the focus is on the impact of the Mughals, particularly on the Aborigines. The focus is on the types of mausoleum buildings which abound in Australia, the types of materials used, and the styles evident in the architecture.
The third in the Canberring Short Courses series is On the frontier: the story of the First Australians. The main theme is the First Australians' resilience of historic in times of adversity. The three main topics are the voyage of Captain Cook, the country's formation and the arrival of Macadam, and the establishment of the Constitution. Canberring's Currumbin Park Historical Centre also offers another Canberring Short Course, focussed on the history of the place. The fifth in the series, The Making of a British Colony, addresses the impact of colonisation on the indigenous people of Australia. This subject is taught alongside the Canberring Museum and the Reserve.
An interactive program based on the outcomes of the inquiry into the dispersal of native culture was hosted by Canberring National Park. Overlooked by the park, the participants came for a walking tour and then were introduced to the heritage and culture of the region. While there was no direct link to the Canberring Festival, participants came to experience the essence of the festival by being part of the committee. The Indigenous cultural conference 2021 was attended by speakers including Dr Michael Kitto, Druminaga Begay, Dr Mark Wallis, and Mr James Bennett from the Department of Education.
After the traditional Indigenous ceremony, which included music and dance, participants were met with a BBQ dinner. Following the barbecue, a film about the history of Australia and its multiculturalism was screened and afterwards there was a question and answer session to kick off the indigenous cultural conference 2021 taking control. The speakers this time included Mr Martin Walker from the CFD and Mr David Hicks from Griffith University.
During the second day of the conference, speakers addressed issues such as the disproportionate representation of aborigines in the criminal justice system, and the lack of accessible public housing accommodations for aborigines in the Capital City. The discussion also went into the consequences of the failed removal of the carbon emissions tax and the role of the indigenous cultural industries
in helping to mitigate carbon emissions. The traditional owners along with other key stakeholders were invited to attend a round table meeting to discuss the recommendations made by the summit. Other events included an indigenous pop up theatre, aboriginal photography exhibition and a film screening of 'Voices from the Aboriginal Community', which featured local actors.
The third day of the conference was packed with events that brought together government, business, community and the indigenous cultural sectors to present their case and gather ideas for the future. There were a visit from the Governor-General, who addressed a joint meeting of the Parramashtrians, Burmese and PNG governments, as well as the ACT Government and the CFD. Other world leaders that came to Australia for the indigenous cultural conference, included Associate Foreign Ministers, John Howard, Julia Gillard, Peter Phillips and John Stewart Bell. After a brief opening address by Mr Howard, the main event of the day was a two hour long Q&A session, which featured Mr Phillips and Mr Stewart Bell, as well as prominent politicians and businessmen from around the world including Lord Christopher Monckton, Lord Brandis and Mr Leyland. Following this was the launch of the flagrant campaign by indigenous groups calling for the return of the long lost traditional lands. This was followed by a further action from local groups from the Wet Tropics region, which was a caravan park dedicated to preserving the wetlands.