Bring First Nations Voices into Your Classroom

NAIDOC Week 2022 will be held from Sunday 3 July to Sunday 10 July.

This year’s theme – Get up! Stand up! Show up! – encourages all of us to champion institutional, structural, collaborative, and cooperative change while celebrating those who have already driven and led change in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities over generations.

NAIDOC is celebrated by people from all walks of life, Indigenous and non‑Indigenous. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support and amplify the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The below resources can support you in learning and sharing your learning within your classrooms.

Early Learning Hub – Caring for Country Resources

This project is designed to educate, inform and up-skill educators as they begin to incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into their practice.

It explores the broader ideas of what is meant by caring for country and connection to country. 

It then covers a range of frequently asked questions to help educators overcome some of the barriers to teaching these perspectives, and to help educators go about incorporating these perspectives in a respectful way, such as appropriate terms of reference.

Go to Caring for Country

Looking for more early learning or lower primary lesson ideas? 

Many of the lessons included on this page are designed for upper primary and secondary students. If you are looking for lessons for younger students we recommend you have a look at Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Education (Reconciliation Australia) have lessons for all ages.

Cool Burning

We have 22 lessons across Geography, Science, English and History for Upper Primary and Secondary about Caring for Country with Firestick Farming. You are your students will learn firsthand from John Daly, Indigenous Ranger from Fish River in the NT.

We are offering our PD Courses on Firestick Farming free of charge from now until 31 July, 2022. Use the coupon CoolBurnPD at the checkout when you enrol in either Teach Indigenous Land Management Using Fire – Secondary or Teach Caring for Country Using Fire – Primary. You can enrol now and complete the course at any point in the future when it suits you. 

Check out all these resources here

Take 3 for the Sea

Project-Based Learning resources across Years 3 to 6 HASS & Years 7 to 10 Geography, Economics and Business and Science.

Simple actions can address complex problems!

Take 3 for the Sea have created a series of short films exploring ocean conservation and custodianship of the waterways, drawing on voices from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, other experts and public figures. They are action-packed, and your students will be super engaged!

Check it all out here.

Who We Are – Brave New Clan

Follow six extraordinary young people who share what Indigenous culture means to them today in contemporary urban Australia. Their stories are diverse yet share common themes of resilience, courage and optimism. 

You can access the series for free using Kanopy if you are a member of an eligible library. Alternatively you can rent or purchase a copy here.

The Final Quarter

These lessons cover too many subjects to mention and are based on the brilliant film about Adam Goodes, a proud Adnyamathanha man and ex-Swans AFL legend. Lessons investigate racism, privilege, truth-telling, cultural pride, resilience, values and dignity, covering Years 5 to 12.

See all the lessons here

In My Blood It Runs

English Lessons for Years 9 & 10.

In My Blood it Runs is an intimate and compassionate documentary from the perspective of ten-year-old Arrernte and Garrwa child, Dujuan. Dujuan is faced with the challenge of learning how and when his identity as a First Nations child is unseen and undervalued within mainstream state education. The lessons encompass themes of Identity, Diverse Perspectives, Self-Determination, The Rights of the Child and Speaking Power.

You can also access professional learning by Stronger Smarter Institute and Reconciliation Australia. Find all the things here.

Indigenous Education Resources

Self-Directed: Indigenous Seasons In Your Local Area
– Ages 7 to 12

Many Australians identify with the four seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter. But did you know that Indigenous people have identified more detailed and complex seasons for their local areas? 

Brave New Clan – Make your own Who We Are film
– Years 4 to 6

Students synthesise what they have learnt during the unit and make a series of films about themselves in the style of the Who We Are: Brave New Clan series. The lessons will guide students to plan and produce a short film that tells stories of who they are.

Take 3 – Investigating Your Connection To The Ocean
– Years 4 to 6

Students investigate their connection to the ocean through one or more activities. There are various topics and activities relating to our connection to the ocean to deepen student understanding of our need for and impact upon the ocean.

The Final Quarter – Racism And Community Responsibility – HPE – Years 7 & 8

Students view excerpts from the acclaimed 2019 documentary The Final Quarter as a starting point to brainstorm health, safety, and wellbeing in the context of sport, school, and life. Students consider the impact of racist behaviour on wellbeing.

Actions For Biodiversity In Our Community – Years 7 to 10

Students review their knowledge of cool burning and the ways it relates to biodiversity. They then research other actions that communities and individuals can take to improve or conserve biodiversity.

Cool Burning Flipped Classroom – Years 7 to 10

Students learn new content by watching a clip about cool burning practices in their own time. This strategy allows students to build their knowledge, attitudes and values by themselves, thereby freeing up class time for hands-on work.

IMAGI-NATION{TV} – Flipping the Script on Indigenous History – Years 9 & 10

Students think about how perspectives and storytellers can influence our understanding of history and the impacts of this on the present and the future.

In My Blood It Runs – Self-determination – English – Years 9 & 10

Students explore the powers that editors and filmmakers have when representing people who are the subjects of documentaries. They will explore In My Blood It Runs as a case study where a special approach to self-determination was used.

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Cool Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to land, water and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and to Elders past, present and emerging.