Teaching activities and resources to help you bring First Nations Voices into Your Classroom

NAIDOC 2021 invites the nation to embrace First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia’s national heritage and equally respect the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders as they do the cultures and values of all Australians.

Healing Country means finally resolving many of the outstanding injustices which impact the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The lands now commonly referred to as Australia, and the islands of the Torres Strait, are home to the world oldest continuous living cultures, a birthplace of civilisation, the first farmers and bakers, sophisticated aquaculture and organised and complex societies. First Nations societies, in Australia and elsewhere, developed elaborate and scientific Lore to live sustainably in harmony with the land, water and other animals. This rich and amazing heritage is something all Australians can be proud of. NAIDOC Week gives us all an opportunity to demonstrate that pride and celebrate First Nation Peoples across this vast, wide land and surrounding islands. 

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

Cool Burning

We have 22 lessons across Geography, Science, English and History for Upper Primary and Secondary about Caring for Country with Firestick Farming. 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. 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. 

Thanks to Ronin Films and Reconciliation Australia, you can watch the doco for free until July 11th. Go here for the streaming link and check out our lessons.

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.