Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Former Minister for Education; Aboriginal Affairs; Electoral Affairs

    Bringing Aboriginal culture to the classroom

    4/03/2016 10:30 AM
    • Applications for funding now available for reconciliation-focused school projects
    • Up to $750 available to each school across WA
    • Outstanding schools will be recognised at the PALS Awards in November 

    Schools across Western Australia can access up to $750 each for projects that focus on reconciliation.


    Education and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Peter Collier said the funding would help make the 2016 PALS (Partnership, Acceptance, Learning, Sharing) program a success once again.


    "The PALS program provides a wonderful opportunity for schools to educate students regarding Aboriginal culture in fun, creative and engaging ways," Mr Collier said.


    "It enables non-Aboriginal students to learn more about our unique Aboriginal culture, and provides an opportunity for Aboriginal students to teach, share and be proud of their history and family."


    PALS is an initiative of the State Government, through the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, and encourages young people to take a leadership role in strengthening the relationships that exist in their local community between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.


    "The continuing success of the PALS program demonstrates the willingness of young people to embrace reconciliation and cultural awareness," the Minister said.


    This year, PALS has teamed up with the Commissioner for Children and Young People WA to provide a copy of the publication This Is Me to all Western Australian schools.  This is Me is a collection of 12 inspiring stories from Aboriginal children from across the State.


    The book, along with participation in the PALS program, can help schools in implementing the Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework.


    Fact File

    • In 2015, 367 schools co-ordinated 422 projects across WA
    • Applications for PALS funding close on Friday, March 18, 2016
    • For more information, visit http://www.daa.wa.gov.au  

    Minister's office - 6552 6300