#LEARNOURTRUTH

ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER STUDENT SURVEY

We acknowledge and pay our respects to the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands in which we live and work. We honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded.

This survey was created to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ experiences of the education system in Australia. Your answers will inform the upcoming #LearnOurTruth campaign led by the National Indigenous Youth Education Coalition in collaboration with In My Blood It Runs documentary, BE. Collective Culture. Full website and campaign overview coming soon.

Safety Statement

This survey is designed to ensure an environment that is spiritually, socially and emotionally safe, as well as physically safe for our respondents; where there is no challenge or denial of your identity, of who you are and what you need. This survey centres and is grounded in shared respect, shared meaning, shared knowledge and experience of learning together. In viewing the survey questions, you are under no obligation to answer if they may cause the resurfacing of bad/traumatic experiences from school. We want to ensure your safety is prioritised and is upheld during the duration of this online survey.

Privacy Statement

We are committed to protecting your privacy and the answers you provide in compliance with the (Privacy Act 1988). The survey is confidential and all respondents will remain anonymous.

Use of Survey Answers

Your answers will be used to inform the strategic direction of and help generate content for #LearnOurTruth campaign which seeks to reevaluate the current status of teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories in school. We want to gather the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in school and how well they were taught about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history to underline the urgent need for a Federal Parliamentary Inquiry into Australian school curricula. The information gathered from the online survey may also be used for any subsequent reporting, and for promotion and utilisation of the #LearnOurTruth campaign if you indicate you are happy for us to. For example we may quote your answers in a report or promotional material – only if you give us your consent at the end of the survey

Storage of survey answers

The National Indigenous Youth Education Coalition (NIYEC) will store all answers. Storage will be archived on the platform that is used ie google forms in an account that can be accessed by NIYEC. Should any content be used outside this platform it will be anonymised unless you give us your consent as the end of the survey to use in the Campaign.

Access to survey answers

All respondents have Freedom of Information and may access at any point their survey answers. The four organisations (described above) in the #LearnOurTruth Alliance will have access to the answers.

Terminology

When referring to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, this survey will often use the words ‘First Nations people’ signify that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the First People of Australia and that their sovereignty (rightful status and independence over a territory) has never been lost.