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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.

Sites are Australian unless specifically indicated otherwise. They may be suited to either/both Indigenous Education or Indigenous Studies. They may apply to several curriculum areas. Resources cover all areas from Dreamtime stories to specific Careers advice, Indigenous readers to film guides, statistics to webquests. Unless otherwise stated they are free.

Listed individual resources are suitable for teacher use with all education levels unless specifically indicated otherwise.

ABC and SBS

  • ABC Online Indigenous
    News, video, television, Language Map, more.
  • 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 ABC Splash
    10 suggestions in the language area, with links to resources in other curriculum areas.
  • Updated ! Dust Echoes : Ancient Stories, New Voices
    ‘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’.
  • Updated ! 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.
  • Updated ! NITV
    ‘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.
  • New ! Word Up
    ‘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

  • Updated ! 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.
  • 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’.
  • New ! Marrung
    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’.
  • Updated ! Primary Education
    BOSTES. Links to units, Background Sheets and Visual Texts. Along with the Updated ! Secondary 7-10 pages, they form part of the larger Updated ! Aboriginal Educational Contexts site.
  • Updated ! Web Links - Aboriginal Studies
    Compiled under several topic headings by the North Sydney Institute of TAFE, NSW.

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EnhanceTV

  • Updated ! 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’.
  • New ! Indigenous
    Nearly 2 000 videos available on a multitude of topics.
  • Updated ! 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 …

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Other Sources

  • Updated ! 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.
  • ARDS
    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.
  • Updated ! BlackWords
    ‘Provides searchable information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers, writing, storytelling, criticism and reviews’.
  • Central Art Aboriginal Art and Culture
    ‘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’.
  • Updated ! 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’.
  • Dare to Lead
    No longer offered as a separate service. See total options on this page.
  • 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.
  • E-Resources
    Bangarra Dance Theatre. Items with linked resources, suggested grade levels, more.
  • New ! Explore Indigenous Education and more !
    Pinterest. Extensive collection of pins to a variety of resources and activities related to Indigenous people.
  • Updated ! 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.
  • italk
    ‘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’.
  • Lesson Plans with an Indigenous Focus
    Annotated links compiled by a Lutheran group.

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  • Marvin
    ‘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 Families
    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.
  • Updated ! Rock Solid
    ‘Resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families of children with special needs’.
  • Updated ! 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’.
  • Updated ! 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.

Webquests

  • Aboriginal Australia - History
    ‘A WebQuest for Year 5’.
  • New ! Aboriginal Education in the 1950s
    ‘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 WebQuest
    ‘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’.
  • New ! 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’.
  • New ! 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’.
  • New ! First Contacts - Get Smart
    A wide selection of units which includes a section on Aboriginal Perspectives as well as individual webqusts and units related to Indigenous people.
  • New ! Year 9 Humanities - Aboriginal Webquest
    ‘Indigenous Statistics for Schools Webquest. You will use a website made by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to learn about the living circumstances of indigenous people’.

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