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Digital Arts Network NZ: our path to cultural competency

Who we are

DANFam — December 2020

Acknowledgement and Empowerment

Taking positive steps

  • Pukapuka club: Once a month we share readings about Aotearoa’s history and Kaupapa Māori so we can openly kōrero (talk, discuss) what it means to us and understanding our tangata whenua better. We kicked it off by reading and discussing the Te Tiriti o Waitangi, as many of us are not from the whenua (land) and we felt this was an important place to start in our ako.
Monday Hui — 2 minutes of te reo
  • Te reo Māori: We have encouraged ourselves to normalise te reo and create a safe space. Weekly, our team has 2 minutes of te reo in which we learn new words, learn to pronounce and also to understand how we can kōrero in te reo respectively.
  • Our people’s language is empowered: We encourage our people to celebrate their language as well. We’ve celebrated Tongan language week and Bastille Day this year, which was hosted by some of our DANFam who hail from Tonga and France. They shared food and knowledge throughout the week with us, teaching us how to pronounce basic Tongan words, and learning French history.
  • We established an internal working group to champion our initiative: They help create ongoing actions for us all to progress together. Part of this is also building whanaungatanga with Māori based agencies and communities to guide us in our education of our cultural competency in Te Ao Māori. Thereof to ensure we engage and approach our learning and people authentically and in manaakitanga (show respect and care)

Accountability

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