wwa-culture-cultural-expression-photoframeReconciliation Australia and Cool Australia have teamed up to create teaching resources designed to support inquiry into the histories and cultures of Australia’s First Peoples.

The teaching resources harness the power of the ‘Who We Are: Brave New Clan’ films, which follow the lives of six exceptional young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as they share stories about their communities, histories and cultures in contemporary Australia.

The films tell the story of a new generation of high achievers as they navigate life in urban, regional and remote settings. The young people in the film reflect with pride on where they came from, the courage they needed to get where they are, and the optimism they have for where they are going.

The teaching resources are divided into three primary school units; People, Culture, and Country/Place. Each unit contains classroom-ready lessons aligned with the Australian Curriculum’s cross-curriculum priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures.

Through these three units, students will develop understandings around:

  • The diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, histories and cultures
  • Cultural expression through being, knowing, thinking and doing
  • The aspirations, achievements and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Students will understand that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have holistic belief systems and are spiritually and intellectually connected to the land, seas, skies and waterways. Students will understand what is meant by Country and recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have different ways of talking about and feeling connected to Country. 

Each unit contains a social action project to help students to understand ways they can share what they have learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and Country with the school and wider community.

Each lesson contains engaging activities, factsheets, teacher background information, tips and assessment ideas. These resources support schools taking action for reconciliation, as supported by Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning, a program designed to help schools develop environments that foster a higher level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.