We acknowledge the Elders, families and forebears of the Indigenous peoples of Australia and throughout the world. We recognise that the land on which we live, meet and learn is the place of age-old ceremonies of celebration, initiation and renewal and that the Indigenous people’s living culture has a unique role in the history and life of us all (adapted from the Acknowledgement Policy, Victoria University Melbourne).
We acknowledge the support and solidarity of Indigenous communities in understanding what is possible for Indigenous education and the necessity of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people working together in democratic partnership for educational improvement and a more just society.
We acknowledge the collegial support of Dr Mauricette Hamilton. We thank her for reading and discussing our material and for making suggestions that enabled further thought and discussion. Through this process we were able to come to decisions that fashioned the final manuscript.
Finally, we acknowledge the support of reviewers and colleagues wherever they may be, who continue to work exhaustively for the recognition of Indigenous voice and aspiration, the view that we are one human species. It is extremely important in difficult times for progressive educators to know that they have the support of international practitioners, researchers, theorists and advocates in their united struggle against injustice and exclusion.