Sharing culture, with Aunty Jenny and Uncle Billy

With a strong sense of culture, language and identity, children can develop confidence and pride.

Uncle Billy Thaiday and Aunty Jenny Wyles believe the passing down of knowledge and culture should go hand in hand with early learning.


The Keepers of knowledge

“The elders are the keepers of knowledge. We have to pass the message on, about our culture.”

Uncle Billy is a Torres Strait Islander Elder from Iama Island situated in Central Torres Strait Island groups. Uncle Billy’s theory is families are first teachers and we all must work together to instil education and culture in early years learning especially our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.


Learning and culture

“Culture and learning must go hand in hand, it has to be interwoven.”

“Our families are our first teachers, it doesn’t matter where you’re from or what communities you are, your home, your parents, your grandparents are first teachers. Our children are learning in our homes before they even step out into the classroom.”

Aunty Jenny is an Elder from the Bindal people’s traditional owners in Townsville and from the Birrigubba Nation. She has worked in various positions over years and for the past 20 years has been involved in The Queensland Department of Education and Training. Aunty Jenny states that education is the key for success, and to close the gap between Indigenous and Non Indigenous Australians.

Published — 15 June 2017 Last updated — 28 June 2017