Indigenous Education Resources
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the following may contain images and voices of deceased persons.
Due to current circumstances, this page has been updated but will no longer be added to or maintained until further notice.
They may be suited to either/both Indigenous Education or Indigenous Studies. They may be used in multiple curriculum areas. Resources cover all areas from Dreamtime stories to specific Careers advice, Indigenous readers to film guides, statistics to webquests.
Listed individual resources are suitable for teacher use with all education levels unless specifically indicated otherwise.
Sites are Australian unless specifically indicated otherwise.
Unless otherwise stated the resources are free.
Remember some sites are not Australian. Check carefully to be sure they conform to Australian requirements before use, e.g. spelling, terminology, guidelines, … .
ABC and SBS
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ABC Online Indigenous
News, video, television, Language Map, more.
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
ABC Splash. Done in levels with sections for parents and teachers. Video, audio, digibooks, links, more.
- Best Indigenous-themed resources on
10 suggestions in the language area, with links to resources in other curriculum areas.
- Dust Echoes : Ancient Stories, New
‘A series of twelve beautifully animated dreamtime stories from Central Arnhem Land, telling stories of love, loyalty, duty to country and aboriginal custom and law’.
- First Contact
‘First Contact shines a light on the deep divide between Indigenous Australians and the rest of the nation by taking six non-Indigenous people and immersing them into Aboriginal Australia for the first time’. SBS.
‘A channel made by, for and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Through us, you will discover a channel for all Australians’. Linked with SBS.
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‘Word Up shares the diverse languages of black Australia from Anmatyerre to Arrernte, from Bidjara to Bundjalung, from Nyungar to Ngaanyatjarra, from Yankunytjatjara to Yorta Yorta — one word at a time. Subscribe on iTunes, the ABC Radio app or wherever you get your podcasts’.
Education Departments & Schools
Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories Unit of Lesson Plans - Year 3 and 4
Australian Curriculum Lessons. ‘Will allow students to explore and analyse traditional Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories. Upon completion of the program, students will write their own Dreamtime story’.
- Deadly Pathways
‘Career Information Service, Queensland. Deadly Pathways has a lot of information specifically for Aboriginal students and Torres Strait Islander students’.
- Indigenous Kids Read
‘A free resource for Indigenous families to help their young children [0-8 years old] with literacy and language development. Developed by a project team that included Indigenous and non-Indigenous early childhood educators’. Department of Education and Training, NT.
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‘300 sample lesson plans that feature an Aboriginal context in all phases of schooling and in all learning areas’. Western Australia.
- Let Us Teach You
Walungurru Kuula, NT. ‘Follow the links on this page to learn from the skills and knowledge of the students of Walungurru’.
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Education and Training, Victoria. ‘A strategy to ensure that all Koorie Victorians achieve their learning aspirations and realise the full benefits of the Education State reforms across early childhood, schools and further education’.
- Primary Education
BOSTES. Links to units, Background Sheets and Visual Texts. Along with the Secondary 7-10 pages, they form part of the larger Aboriginal Educational Contexts site.
- Web Links - Aboriginal Studies
Compiled under several topic headings by the North Sydney Institute of TAFE, NSW.
- Art + Soul
‘The multi-season series offers a fascinating tour of the history and infinite variety of the work of Indigenous artists. At the same time, art + soul provides a cultural and political history of how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have represented their country and their culture visually’.
Nearly 2 000 videos available on a multitude of topics.
- Ten Canoes
‘Ten Canoes provides an excellent resource for studying two aspects of Indigenous culture : 1. A study of the film offers us a way of exploring the rich depiction of the traditional Indigenous culture, lifestyle and language of Arnhem Land, and 2. A study of the making of the film offers us a way of exploring change and continuity in that culture in modern times’.
Government Departments, Libraries …
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islanders Books [State Library of Queensland]
‘Turn the pages and listen to the collection of virtual books listed here’. Also try a number of the Children’s Books, e.g. Poruma Children’s Picture Diaries.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Resource
KidsMatter. ‘Primarily designed to help primary schools and early childhood education and care services working through the KidsMatter framework’.
Bringing Them Home Education Module
‘Updated with additional activities that complement the publication Us Taken-Away Kids, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Bringing Them Home report’.
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Educational Resources [AIATSIS]
‘Teachers’ notes and free resources. We have prepared free teachers’ notes for school teachers for the following titles and/or themes’.
- Financial Literacy for Indigenous
‘This section has information written for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about areas from Budgeting and saving to Scams and warnings’. Videos, audio posters, audio ads, links, more.
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‘National Museum of Australia - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories’.
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Indigenous Arts, Culture and Hitory
Australia.gov.au. A range of links to further resources.
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Access resources held by the State Library of NSW. Resources on people, language, art, more.
- Indigenous Australians
‘A handy list of links that contain information just for Indigenous Australian customers’.
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Indigenous Education - LibGuides at
Southern Cross University
Multiple sections from Books to Websites. Clearly described.
- Indigenous STEM Education Project [CSIRO]
‘There are six program elements to the project, which caters to the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students as they progress through primary, secondary and tertiary education, and into employment’.
- Indigenous Weather Knowledge
‘Indigenous Australians have long held their own seasonal calendars based on the local sequence of natural events. A map of Australia with hyperlinks to the corresponding seasonal calendars for given regions’.
- The Little Red Yellow Black Website
‘A site for anyone wanting an introduction to the rich history and contemporary culture of Indigenous Australia’.
- Aboriginal Resources
‘Encourage understanding about Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Includes dolls, pillows, floor mats, posters, games and puzzles. Create a multicultural environment. Children can connect to their local and greater community’. Fee-based.
- Aboriginal Teaching Resources for Language
Learning, Literacy, History, Culture & Aboriginal Education
‘An innovative new teaching and learning system that gives all students, regardless of their ethnic background or age, the opportunity to learn about and engage in the rich diversity of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island cultures’. Fee-based resources.
Established by the Yolngu people in Arnhem Land. General information, specific areas.
- Aboriginal Art Education Resources
Japingka Gallery. ‘Presents quality education resources that may be useful for teachers in primary and secondary schools who would like to incorporate information about Australian Aboriginal artists and their art into lessons’.
- Australian Aboriginal Art Education Resources
‘This page presents quality education resources that may be useful for teachers in primary and secondary schools who would like to incorporate information about Australian Aboriginal artists and their art into lessons. The resources have either been developed or reviewed by Japinkga Gallery’. 9 sections from Lesson Plans to Guides and stories.
‘Provides searchable information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers, writing, storytelling, criticism and reviews’.
- Central Art Aboriginal Art and
‘Collection of articles, audios, videos relating to Aboriginal people and their art. Find stories on Aboriginal dreamings, interviews with Aboriginal artists, information on different Aboriginal art regions’.
- Crackerjack Education
‘Our expert team have individually designed written and chosen Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander online resources that match each Indigenous code of the Australian Curriculum. Topics include : Language, Dreaming Stories, Cultural maths, Cultural knowledge, Poetry, songs and rhyme, Cultural texts, Kinship, Weather seasons, First contact, Status and rights, Commemorative events, Communicating with culture, Country and place, Notable individuals and Comparing cultures’.
- Dhinawun Consultancy
Consultancy in the area of Aboriginal Education, culture and learning. Fee-based but within the scope of a school wishing to access their expertise.
Bangarra Dance Theatre. Items with linked resources, suggested grade levels, more.
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Pinterest. Extensive collection of pins to a variety of resources and activities related to Indigenous people.
- Indigenous Literacy Foundation
‘Funds raised by the Foundation help purchase and supply culturally appropriate books and literacy resources for over 200 remote communities around Australia’. How can schools be involved ?
- Indij Readers
‘Indij Readers For Big Fullas and Little Fullas is a collection of literacy acquisition classroom stories, accompanying teachers’ guides, other support materials [media files]’. Links provided to Australian Curriculum.
‘The stories in the italk library can be viewed as a video, and/or as an italk story using the free italk library app. This app overcomes literacy barriers by enabling you to listen to stories in your first language, and in English’.
- Language of Belonging
‘A multi-platform education resource based on the ground breaking Indigenous animation Wadu Matyidi. Designed specifically for Primary-aged students, this diverse learning program explores Adnyamathanha language, culture, stories and traditions, encouraging students to develop their own portfolio and cultural understanding. A password to access the Language of Belonging website is provided when you purchase the resource’.
‘Award winning training and education authoring solution that produces high value interactive presentations using easily identifiable digital personalities tailored to target audiences’. Fee-based.
- Music Outback Foundation
‘Dedicated to the use of music and related art forms as a means of improving outcomes on remote Indigenous communities’.
- Our Dreamings
‘Our Dreamings is a multimedia downloadable educational resource about indigenous aboriginal traditional art and culture from the Central Desert of Australia. Available to purchase and download direct to your own desktop’.
- Reconciliation Resources
[Early Childhood Australia]
Extensive listing of annotated links to resources.
- Resources for Schools and
Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc.. ‘Click to view a specific resource or scroll down to see all resources’.
- Rick Roser Resources
Resources from clipart to performances on this site.
‘Resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families of children with special needs’.
- Ronin Films - Indigenous Australia
‘Including many films by Indigenous film makers. Stories range across issues relating to health, identity, the “Stolen Generation”, art, anthropology, traditional life and culture, history and archaeology both before and after the arrival of Captain Cook’.
Talking book gives new voice to Indigenous Languages
‘As many Indigenous languages lose their speakers, a researcher from The University of Queensland has developed a unique audio book to keep the words alive for generations to come’.
- Teacher & Student Resources
Creative &Spirits. #8216;Find Aboriginal teaching resources for classroom activities with your students. Use these education resources for teaching ideas, assignments and studies at uni, high or primary school’.
- The Critical Classroom
‘For teachers wishing to embed Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander perspectives into their classroom practice’. Free Indigenous Resources, links to other Indigenous resources, teaching ideas.
- The Dreaming
Aboriginal Nations Australia. ‘An award winning animation series recommended by educational institutions throughout Australia and widely used as a teaching resource for across the curriculum studies in schools and learning institutions in each State & Territory for Years 1-10’.
- The Honey Ant Readers
‘A unique and innovative series of learn-to-read books with complementary resources, developed for Australian Indigenous learners to make literacy learning relevant, meaningful, engaging and fun’.
- What Works. The Work Program
Download the Guidebook and Workbook. You need Flash to view the rest. One example from Salisbury North R-7 School is found here.
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Australia - History
‘A WebQuest for Year 5’.
- Aboriginal Education in the
‘Each member of your group is to select a role. You must look at educational issues from the perspective of a person in that role in the 1950s :The Journalist, The Minister for Education, The Anthropologist, The Aboriginal Elder’.
- Aboriginal Use of Native Plants
‘Explore the plants used by the Australian Aborigines for food, shelter, medicine and utensils, and the technology they employed to fully utilise the resources available’.
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Australian Aboriginal Culture
‘This Webquest will focus on the concepts of Australia’s early inhabitants - the Aborigines. The children will look at food, culture, tools, weapons, etc, of Indigenous Australians. This Webquest will be part of a whole term unit of work on Indigenous Australians including then and now, stereotyping and discrimination’.
- First Australians – Making a Nation
History Webquest and Lesson Plan
‘The extension of settlement, including the effects of contact [intended and unintended] between European settlers and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples’.
- First Australians - Making Headlines
‘The focus of this unit is the invasion, colonisation and development of Australia as a nation. Now it is time to discover what impact European colonisation had on Australia’s Indigenous people’.
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First Contacts - Get Smart
A wide selection of units which includes a section on Aboriginal Perspectives as well as individual webquests and units related to Indigenous people.