Community protocols refer to the ways in which communities and families prefer to interact with each other and with the school.
It is important that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protocols are considered in the curriculum as breaches could impact on developing partnerships, future engagement in the school and at times could bring harm to specific peoples. Protocols can only be fully understood during the process of following (or breaking) them.
Advice around protocols should be gained through Indigenous Education Workers, local community Elders and resources. If in doubt, contact your local Indigenous Schooling Support Unit (ISSU) for support.
Basic protocols include:
- making introductions
- establishing open communication
- building positive relationships.
The Queensland Government provides information on: