The traditional Indigenous people of Australia have been custodians of the land for over 50 000 years and hold a wealth of traditional ecological knowledge which is being increasingly recognised globally for its importance in many ways including its sustainability ethos.
AuSSI provides opportunities for schools to connect to their local Indigenous communities and learn about bush foods and Indigenous land management practices while gaining an appreciation of Indigenous people's connection to country.
Indigenous knowledge can be incorporated into a range of curriculum areas as well as Indigenous studies, including society and culture, science, technology, music and the arts, religion, and values and ethics.
By using Indigenous knowledge, schools can maintain productive bush food gardens, grow native species and improve their knowledge of, connections with, and respect for their local Indigenous cultures.
The Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI) seeks to support schools and their communities to become sustainable