Preparing for NAIDOC Week PD Event 2020

Online from September 2, 2020 until November 15, 2020

Guest Speakers: Jasmine Seymour, Leanne Mulgo Watson, Edie Wright, Dub Leffler and Coral Vass

All welcome. Members $22 | Non Members $33

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Are you ready for NAIDOC Week?


Join us for a special online presentation to celebrate our outstanding Indigenous Australian creatives. Not only will you be prepared for NAIDOC Week, you will be able to up-date your knowledge of current Indigenous resources and how best to share them with your students.


Presenters Jasmine Seymour, Leanne Mulgo Watson and Edie Wright are joined by

Dub Leffler & Coral Vass who will give a special reading of Sorry Day to share with students after the event.

This CBCA NSW Branch online presentation supports teaching the cross-curriculum priorities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures. When planning and programming content relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, teachers are encouraged to involve local Aboriginal communities and/or appropriate knowledge holders in determining suitable resources.

Did you know that the Darug language is spoken across the Sydney Basin?

Shortlisted Cooee Mittigar: a story on Darug Songlines is an important book in that it brings an understanding of the seasons of Country in the greater Sydney area. Through sharing the Darug language to describe them, Jasmine and Leanne, knowledge holders, have provided a unique resource for all students to connect with Country.

Edie Wright, director of Magabala Books and educator, will be speaking to raise awareness of current indigenous titles that are relevant to this year’s NAIDOC Week theme Always Was, Always will be.


Magabala Books is Australia’s premier, award winning Indigenous publisher. With an understanding of cultural protocols when producing their books, Magabala Books can be relied upon for high quality, contemporary resources to share with students and to support the curriculum.


As this presentation is now available online, and due to the current level of endorsement of CBCA NSW Branch as a provider of PD, this presentation can only be used as Teacher Identified Hours for the purposes of accreditation. For this reason, we have reduced the price to $22 for members and $33 for non-members..



Meet our Presenters


Jasmine Seymour


Jasmine Seymour is a Darug woman and descendant of Maria Lock, who was the daughter of Yarramundi, the Boorooberongal elder who had met Governor Phillip on the banks of the Hawkesbury River in 1791. Maria was the first Aboriginal woman to be educated by the Blacktown Native Institute. She was married to carpenter and convict, Robert Lock and their union resulted in thousands of descendants who can all trace their Darug heritage back past Yarramundi. It is Jasmine’s wish that through her books, everyone will know that the Darug mob are still here, still strong. Jasmine is a primary school teacher in the Hawkesbury area of NSW. Baby Business and Cooee Mittigar were published by Magabala Books in 2019.



Leanne Mulgo


Leanne Mulgo Watson is a Darug artist-educator and is the daughter of Aunty Edna Watson. She has been a director of the Darug Custodian Aboriginal Corporation for many years. Cooee Mittigaris her first book. She says “I had always wanted to create books to share our knowledge, as education is the key to our culture staying strong”.











Edie Wright


Edie Wright is an author, retired educator and a director of Magabala Books, Australia’s leading Indigenous publisher. Edie was the Regional Manager of Kimberley Aboriginal Education for thirteen years and is a former school principal and teacher. Her memoir, Full Circle, was published by Fremantle Press in 2001 and she is currently working on the manuscript for a novel. Edie is a Bardi woman and now lives in Geelong, Victoria with her husband and family.




Dub Leffler


Descended from the Bigambul people of South-West QLD,Dub Leffler is one of Australia’s most sought after illustrators of children’s literature. He has written two books for children and is currently illustrating his 23rd title. Dub’s work has afforded him travel to places as diverse as remote Australia,Europe,Indonesia and America and his illustrations are now in permanent collection in The National Library of Congress in Washington, Dc. In 2019, Dub recently won The Eve Pownall Award for Book Of The Year from The Children’s Book Council of Australia for ‘Sorry Day’. 2020 will see the release of two books Dub has illustrated - ‘Rocky & Louie’, written by the lovely Raewyn Caisley & Phil Walley-Stack and “Strangers On Country’ , written by the wonderful Kirsty Murray & Dave Hartley. Dub is currently illustrating ‘Our Dreaming’ written by the lovely Kirli Saunders.



Coral Vass


Coral Vass is an award-winning Australian children's author, presenter, editor and reviewer. With a background in Media, Coral has always had a passion for writing and telling stories. She has dabbled in script writing, radio drama and video production before working several years in marketing and publications.

Coral has numerous children's books published with the National Library of Australia, Scholastic Books and Penguin Random House Australia, including the bestselling titles A Perfectly Posh Pink Afternoon Tea, Meet...Don Bradman and Goodnight Possum. Her book, Sorry Day won the 2018 Speech Pathology Awards for Best Book- Indigenous Children, the 2019 CBCA Book of the Year Eve Pownall Award and is shortlisted for the 2020 REAL Awards, voted by the children of Australia.



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