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Framework for Aboriginal Languages and Torres Strait Islander Languages / Year 7 to 10 / Communicating / Identity

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Curriculum content descriptions

Investigate, explain and discuss the relationship between kinship, Law, land, sea/water and sky

[Key concepts: identity, relationship, kinship, Law, connection, interrelatedness, rights, obligations; Key processes: exploring, discussing, investigating, describing, reflecting]


  • exploring the concepts of connection and interrelatedness and discussing associated rights and responsibilities
  • discussing kinship as it applies to adulthood and the resultant changes in practices, rights and obligations at this stage of life, for example, changes in ways of referring to people
  • describing kinship connections they have with the surrounding region and communities
  • understanding and discussing kinship as a system, and explaining its importance in maintaining and regulating social relationships
  • investigating and discussing how social groups form patterns across generations and determine relationships and behaviours, such as those associated with marriage, for example, classificatory in-laws, ceremonial peers
  • investigating how particular policies and practices affect the sense of individual and collective identity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, for example, in relation to experiences such as language loss, separation from Country/Place/family/community, stolen generations
  • reflecting on how Indigenous Australians from different nations express their group identity, for example, through practices and symbols such as flags, Welcomes to Country, Indigenous rounds in sporting leagues
  • reflecting on how their biography, including family origins, traditions, beliefs, practices, interests and experiences, shape their sense of identity and ways of communicating
  • discussing the link between identity and connections to land/sea/water, culture and language and the health and well-being of individuals and community
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
Cross-curriculum priorities
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Australian languages

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