Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fathers have a critical role in supporting their children to grow up healthy, strong and thriving.
About this course
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Rebuilding our shields: Sharing the stories of deadly dads is designed to break down dominant stereotypes and support First Nations fathers as they walk two paths; one that honours traditional parenting roles and a second that reflects the parenting expectations of contemporary Australia.
We encourage you to listen deeply to these stories and contemplate the impact colonisation has had on the roles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fathers, and how engagement with Country and culture offers protective factors for social and emotional wellbeing.
By listening to and gathering stories of First Nations men, you create opportunities to share the rich narratives of their strengths, resilience and knowledge, while developing your understanding and connection points when supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fathers.
Who is this course for?
This course has been developed for non-Indigenous practitioners who support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fathers, children and families.
How long is this course?
Rebuilding our shields: Sharing the stories of deadly dads will take you between one and 1.5 hours to complete. It includes a 43-minute documentary, which provides an opportunity for practitioners to hear first-hand from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fathers. It is followed by a series of reflection questions that ask you to consider how you may best consider fathers’ hopes for their children in your family engagements.
The course is designed to be undertaken individually, but can also be used as a prompt for conversations between colleagues.
How was this course created?
The Rebuilding our shields: Sharing the stories of deadly dads documentary was co-designed with Harley Hall of Aboriginal Art Designs and Darwin Indigenous Men’s Services (DIMS) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation; we thank them and all the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men who have so generously shared their stories with us for this course.