Teaching race to teach Indigeneity
As a tribute to NAIDOC week celebrations, we are featuring Dr Kathleen Butler’s article on “Teaching race to teach Indigeneity”. This article examines why Indigenous and race issues sit outside the realm of mainstream Australian sociology.
Dr Butler is an Aboriginal woman, belonging to the Bundjalung and Worimi peoples of coastal New South Wales. She has been an active member of Aboriginal organisations, holding executive positions on the Regional Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG), Local Aboriginal Land Council and Aboriginal Corporation, and is currently the President of Itji Maru AECG and delegate to the Hunter Regional AECG.
Dr Butler has a particular focus on Indigenous in teaching and learning, and has received a number of grants and awards, such as the UON Teaching and Learning Fellowship in 2009 and a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence for Indigenous education in 2008.