Who We Are: Brave New Clan is a series of films developed CAAMA Productions (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association) and Reconciliation Australia in partnership with Foxtel that follow the lives of six exceptional young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who share stories about their communities, histories and cultures in contemporary Australia.

In the film People, the six young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders introduce who they are. The hosts identify their nations and describe their experience of family. The film shows how the hosts are making their own way in the world, enjoying success as individuals and making a significant contribution to their communities and Australian society.

In this unit, students watch and reflect upon the Who We Are: Brave New Clan film People. This film and unit has been been designed to align with the organising ideas of the Australian Curriculum’s cross-curriculum priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures - People (OI.7, OI.8 and OI.9).

Throughout this unit students will look at the influences of people, community, family, kinship, culture, spirituality, history and contemporary Australian society on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Further information about the films and topics covered can be found here:

Narragunnawali-words-160This unit was created in partnership with Cool Australia and the Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning team at Reconciliation Australia. We acknowledge and pay respect to the past, present and future Traditional Owners, Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We respectfully caution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples that this resource may contain images and names of people who have passed away.

Tuning in

A tuning in activity helps students to define and focus on the issues they will be dealing with in the unit of work.

  1. Brave New Clan – People: Tuning In – Years 4 to 6
    Brave New Clan – People: Tuning In – Years 4 to 6

Finding Out

Students will need to obtain more information about the issues they are going to investigate. They can identify questions of interest and research these either in small groups or on their own. Once information is gathered, it can be shared using chosen communication methods e.g. short presentations. Students can continue finding out by completing a range of investigations, including gathering data. They use appropriate methods to present and communicate what they have found out.

  1. Brave New Clan – People 1: Australia’s First Peoples – Years 4 to 6
    Brave New Clan – People 1: Australia’s First Peoples – Years 4 to 6
  2. Brave New Clan – People 2: Family and Community – Years 4 to 6
    Brave New Clan – People 2: Family and Community – Years 4 to 6
  3. Brave New Clan – People 3: Contributions – Years 4 to 6
    Brave New Clan – People 3: Contributions – Years 4 to 6

Considering Social Action

Students are given opportunities to apply their learning in real world situations, in the classroom, school, home or the local community.

  1. Brave New Clan – Taking Action – Years 4 to 6
    Brave New Clan – Taking Action – Years 4 to 6

Additional Activities for this Unit of Work

These activities are not part of this unit of work, however they may be useful as additions if you have the time.