Speaking in Colour

Speaking in Colour was established in 2010 by Cherie Johnson. During her time as a casual/temp teacher Cherie saw the need for Aboriginal education resources written by experienced Aboriginal educators. Starting with Newcastle and Lake Macquarie regional art galleries Cherie wrote educational resources supporting the exhibitions and the gallery staff.

Today, Speaking in Colour is a collective of likeminded educators and professionals, with the mission to make a difference in the delivery of Aboriginal education, to the corporate, business and education sectors. Our training and experiences provided are fun, affordable and in the spirit of reconciliation.

During the COVID 19 lockdowns Speaking in Colour were able to adapt our way of teaching to continue to connect the community with Aboriginal learning experiences. We did this by

providing online weekly forums where early education and primary school students could log in each week and actively participate in weaving and art practices based on Aboriginal knowledges. Our Interwoven and Possum Skin Resurgence programs were also adapted for online learning with teachers being supported by cultural knowledge holders and provided lesson plans so this essential learning could continue, the teachers feeling comfortable and confident to facilitate these lesson with online support from one of our educators. Each fortnight we offered both in work hours and after work hours NESA accredited Teacher Profession Learning in an online setting so educators and teachers could use this time to catch up on much needed professional development.

In 2020/2021 Sic was able to win a contract to provide professional development for education across the state sic was able to create 25 hours of E-modules, breaking the barrier of geographic reach and affordability for our educators across the remote parts of NSW. This content focus is on embedding Aboriginal perspectives into the early education programing linked to their curriculum outcomes, this is the first of its kind.

How we have innovated this space is:

  • We have offered online mentoring
  • Provide on demand 25 hours of E-modules
  • On demand and booked session for interactive cultural immersion
  • Nationally accredited NESA content

We have been the first non departmental provider to regain this accreditation.

As a first generation in business, the focus and energy required to learn new skills daily is relentless. Without a strong support network, it would almost be impossible for one to undertake. However with a social network of people in business now, developing anything is possible.

Category Winner 2022: First Nations Education Award