It can be easy to quickly identify differences between your own culture and another’s (think food, language, dress, celebrations etc) but when it comes to understanding the less visible aspects it’s more challenging to understand how our culturally tinted glasses affect our perceptions and interactions.
Rhonda Livingstone (pictured), National Education Leader at Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) recently unpacked culture, cultural competence and how to deepen your own cultural competence at Early Childhood Australia’s Reconciliation Symposium. Bedrock Journalist Suzanne Kowalski-Roth caught up with Rhonda to find out more.
Suzanne: What is culture exactly?
Rhonda: The concept of culture is described beautifully in the Aboriginal Cultural Competency Framework 2008. It says: “Culture is to people as water is to fish – we take our own culture for granted as it is part of our identity and part of our every being”.