IEU representation at the 2019 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Education NSW State Conference has increased awareness among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education staff to the benefits of joining the Union.
The conference, run by the Catholic Schools Office NSW in partnership with Catholic Schools Office Maitland-Newcastle, was held in the Hunter Valley on 11-12 September.
It provided an opportunity for school staff at all levels to advance their professional knowledge and skills base to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and to champion reconciliation among school communities.
IEU Organisers Lyn Caton and Marilyn Jervis participated and made new connections with many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education staff.
The Union aims to better target and assist its Aboriginal membership and has recently adapted its membership process with that aim.
Lyn and Marilyn were able to share details of the upcoming ACTU course First Nation Workplace Leaders with conference participants.
This five day program aims to develop leadership skills among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers.
Bathurst based Aboriginal Education Worker Kylie Martinez, from the IEU’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee, has expressed an interest in attending.