15 Henley Rd
(PO Box 2219)
Ph: (02) 8762 4200
Fx: (02) 8762 4220
Int'l Ph: +61 2 8762 4200
Int'l Fx: +61 2 8762 4220
Located just 100 metres to the south of Flemington Railway Station. Link to new location on Google Maps
5 Abingdon St
(Postal: 84 Park Rd)
Ph 1: (07) 3103 7376
Ph 2: (02) 8090 1976
Fax: (02) 8762 4220
- please call for appt
ERC's "Let's Talk" cross-cultural immersion programs within Indigenous communities in rural NSW are based on a philosophy of experiential learning and critical social analysis.
Through grass roots experience groups build relationships and are energised to take an active, creative role in shaping a peaceful and cohesive society now and in the future.
A Gamilaraay woman from Goodooga, in north-western New South Wales, Cassandra commenced working with the Edmund Rice Centre as the Indigenous Education Officer in 1999.
In this role Cassandra coordinates the Centre's immersion, Indigenous education and reconciliation programs which explore Aboriginal culture through relationships and dialogue. She has developed phenomenal skills in building and facilitating inter-cultural dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Cassandra is also a gifted artist, having been called on to paint the central thematic piece of artwork for the International Edmund Rice Network Youth Justice Gathering held in Sydney in August 2008.
Join the Edmund Rice Centre for a unique cross cultural learning experience to further develop your knowledge and understanding of Indigenous culture and issues in rural New South Wales.
The immersions include participating in a number of cultural activities, as well as visits to Aboriginal communities and significant sites across central NSW.
Download the 2012 Let's Talk Programs flyer
Let’s Talk: Dhawunda
The positions for Let’s Talk Dhawunda are targeted positions that are open to teachers and educators from the Armidale Diocese through the Armidale Catholic Schools Office as part of the Smarter Schools National Partnership Literacy and Numeracy.
Let’s Talk: Dhawunda is a five day cross cultural immersion program that visits predominately Aboriginal communities such as Moree, Walgett, Brewarrina, Goodooga and Lightning Ridge as well as the Narran Lakes and the site of the Myall Creek Massacre.
For more information about Let’s Talk: Dhawunda please contact Sharon Cooke on 0427237416 or submit an Expression Of Interest form.
Let’s Talk: Brothers and Others
Let’s Talk: Brothers and Others is an exciting new cross cultural immersion program that visits Aboriginal communities in North West NSW.
The Edmund Rice Centre now offers the opportunity for Christian Brothers and ‘Others’ who have connections to the Edmund Rice Network to participate in our Immersion Programs. So if you are A Christian Brother, a parent of a child who has participated in a previous ERC Immersion, working within the Edmund Rice Ministries or a family member of an employee who works for the Christian Brothers networks we invite you to step out of your comfort zone and be a part of a journey that really is a life changing experience.
26th May to 2nd June 2012
There are limited places available so to avoid disappointment please register your interest early.
Download the Brothers and Others flyer
Let’s Talk: EREA
Let’s Talk: EREA is open to all staff working for Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA). Let’s Talk: EREA is a seven (7) day cross cultural immersion program that visits predominately Aboriginal communities such as Moree, Walgett, Brewarrina, Goodooga and Lightning Ridge as well as the Narra Lakes and the site of the Myall Creek Massacre.
5th to 11th August, 2012
Alternative contact: Brian Garrone ph: 0400982418
Download the Let's Talk: EREA flyer
Let’s Talk Local
Open to all Year 11 students from all schools, Let’s Talk Local is an eight day cross cultural immersion program that visits Aboriginal communities such as Goodooga, Brewarrina, Lightning Ridge and Walgett participating in a number of cultural activities and visits to significant sites.
22nd to 29th September, 2012
To register your interest or to apply please complete and return the attached Expression of Interest form,
For further information please contact:-
or Grace Maguire
Let's Talk Rural
The Let's Talk Rural program is run in conjunction with Indigenous communities in rural New South Wales. It is offered to teachers and other professionals to enhance skills in cross-cultural awareness exploring contemporary issues and traditional culture.
Participants visit Indigenous communities and meet local community representatives in diverse fields. A typical Let's Talk Rural trip encompasses a diverse group who offer a wealth of experience to all that we encountered in rural New South Wales. Past participants include primary and secondary teachers, students, social justice advocates, youth workers, teacher-librarians, photojournalists and Edmund Rice Centre staff.
On a typical immersion the journey begins in Sydney and we weave our way over the Blue Mountains and into Wiradjuri country where our first stop is Narromine to visit the Bulgandramine Mission. From there we might head far west to Brewarrina to explore the cultural uniqueness of the 5000 year old fish traps located on the Barwon River, the Brewarrina Mission and the Brewarrina Aboriginal Cultural Museum.
An understanding of the important place of Aboriginal pastoral workers becomes apparent when visiting Mogila Sheep Station in Goodooga. The importance of Language and culture are highlighted during our stay in Walgett where children sing us songs from the Gamilaraay/Yuwaalaraay language program. Moree adds further educational understanding of many issues and our last stop at the Myall Creek Massacre site culminates an emotion packed week.
*NB: UPDATED: MAY 2015
ERC's publication Asylum Seekers and Refugees Education Resource provides activities for students which are practical, engaging and focused on increasing awareness about human rights and advocacy.
This 52 page resource is available for download at no cost, and offers 35 cross-curricular activities, adaptable to all year levels in secondary school. Some activities can also be used with primary classes, with students with special needs, and with community groups.
Students are encouraged to think about asylum seekers and refugees with compassion, to move their understanding from the head to the heart.
Just Comment series:-
18.1: Pope Francis' Earth Encyclical Laudato Si'
17.1: Roma people
16.5: Majuro Declaration
16.3: Climate Justice
16.2: Palm oil - the 'threat' in our shopping trolley
16.1: Jeju Island - assault on island of peace
15.3: Cocos Islands - US bases?
15.2: Austerity: 'Trickle-down cruelty'
15.1: Famine: a Man-Made Tragedy
14.3: Riots - the Language of the Unheard
14.2: Insidious Violence - Depleted Uranium Weapons
14.1: Disaster Capitalism
13.8: Murray-Darling - environmental & social tight-rope
13.7: Consensual democracy vs conflictual democracy
13.6: West Papua - colonisation alive & well
13.5: Climate change - still a great moral challenge
13.4: First peoples, first priority, what priority?
Update: ERC Director, Phil Glendenning, recently returned to Australia from Afghanistan after 10 days interviewing returned asylum seekers again in Kabul.
ERC is redoubling our efforts to find a third-country resettlement option for those returnees from Australia with whom we have been able to make contact. We need financial support to achieve this.
Such work uncovers high levels of risk for the deportees (and for our researchers). Research publications are available here.
Listen to Phil speak of the visit to ABC Radio National's Phillip Adams.
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