ATSIMA 2020 Conference – Transforming Mathematics Education for Indigenous Learners
The Chair of ATSIMA, Professor Chris Matthews, invites you to support and participate in the 4th Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance (ATSIMA) National Conference, to be held on 27-29 July 2020 at the Yirrkala Community. Yirrkala is an Indigenous Community in East Arnhem Shire, Northern Territory of Australia. It is 18 km South-East from Nhulunbuy in Arnhem Land.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSIMA) is a non-profit organisation with the vision that “All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners will be successful in mathematics”. ATSIMA has a biennial conference that explores the teaching of mathematics from a cultural perspective and, in doing so, explore the many connections between mathematics and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. The theme of ATSIMA 2020 is Nhe Wangana Nhe Djaamamirriyangana: Speak It You Create It. The theme focuses on the need for bilingual education and not allow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages to slip away. Maintaining diversity of our languages, maintains diversity in creativity and innovation that will drive a better future for all Australians.
This conference will be the first mathematics education conference held in a Yolngu Community. It will provide delegates the opportunity to be immersed in a Yolngu Community, in Yolngu Language and Culture and explore the teaching and learning of mathematics that values our cultures.
The conference will be shaped by the philosophies that have underpinned the development of Garma Mathematics at Yirrkala Community School and, through this structure, we will explore what it means to understand mathematics from Yolŋu perspectives, including other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, and Western perspectives. From moving through these different cultural landscapes we will build stronger connections and work together to reshape Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education in mathematics.