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Indigenous perspective on sustainability

Find out about some Indigenous sustainability practices and perspectives on land management in this audio interview with a spokesperson from the 2007 Caring for Country conference. Listen as he explains how traditional knowledge of the land and cultural significance guide Aboriginal environmental sustainability. Also discover ...

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Embedding Indigenous perspectives across the curriculum

This website presents a range of professional learning and digital resources to support teachers in incorporating Indigenous perspectives across the curriculum. It provides resources that enable Australian teachers and students to value, understand and explore Indigenous cultures, languages, histories and stories.

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Indigenous Theatre Perspectives

This online library provides teachers with resources to access Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theatre practitioners and performing arts agencies.

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Mining Indigenous land

Explore arguments for and against a proposal to mine Indigenous land. Examine interviews with a mining executive, conservationists and Indigenous people. Recommended an action and give reasons to justify your decision.

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Mervyn Bishop: the old days

Explore a personal perspective on Australia’s Indigenous heritage through the photos of Indigenous photographer Mervyn Bishop. Examine his family photos and personal notes. Look at the early experiences of his maternal grandmother, including her assignment to domestic service work for other families. Find out how authorities ...

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Mervyn Bishop: mission life

Explore a personal perspective on Australia’s Indigenous heritage through the photos of Indigenous photographer Mervyn Bishop. Examine his family photos and personal notes. Look at the early experiences of his maternal grandmother, including her life in a mission and assignment to domestic service work. Investigate how ...

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Difference Differently: ways of seeing

This is a resource with four related sets of student activities that explore how individuals' cultural, religious, and/or social backgrounds shape their perceptions about people, places, ideas and texts. It uses examples to explore how and why people interpret images or objects differently. It looks at multiple perspectives, ...

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Mervyn Bishop: Merv's parents

Explore a personal perspective on Australia’s Indigenous heritage through the photos of Indigenous photographer Mervyn Bishop. Examine his photos and personal notes. Trace the background of his parents and the barriers they faced. Find out how Indigenous people were restricted by authorities such as the New South Wales ...

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Benny and the Dreamers, 1992: Desert economy

This clip presents an Indigenous view of Hermannsburg in central Australia, using 1930s black-and-white footage with original soundtrack and contemporary colour film with narration. Pintupi Elders Benny Tjapaljarri and Mick Ngamurarri recount their feelings about their first contact with the Hermannsburg Mission and Western ...

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Mervyn Bishop: the early years

Explore a personal perspective on Australia’s Indigenous heritage through the photos of Indigenous photographer Mervyn Bishop. Examine his photos and personal notes. Look at his childhood experiences and teenage years. Find out how he became one of the first Aboriginal people ever to work on a major Australian newspaper. ...

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Making a difference: the Day of Mourning protesters

Explore perspectives on Australia’s Indigenous heritage through photos and text about activists protesting on Australia Day, 1938. Trace the stories of people such as William Ferguson, William Cooper, Jack Patten, Margaret Tucker and Pearl Gibbs. Examine how they created a framework for later efforts promoting Indigenous ...

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Making a difference: Charles Perkins

Explore perspectives on Australia’s Indigenous heritage through photos and text about Charles Perkins. Trace his story, including his work in the public service and as a social activist. Examine how he raised awareness of discrimination against Indigenous people. Investigate barriers he faced and how people reacted to his ...

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First Australians, episode 6: A fair deal for a dark race, 2008

This resource features three clips from the television series First Australians. The clips describe how Aboriginal activists worked to achieve social reform and human rights in the period 1930 to 1987. The first clip focuses on how government bureaucracies controlled the lives of Indigenous people and on the emerging activism ...

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May O'Brien reflects on becoming an activist, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of an interview with Western Australian Aboriginal educator and author May O'Brien. She recalls beginning secondary school in Perth in 1949 when she was aged 17, and how she went on to become a teacher. She also relates how she campaigned to improve education for all Indigenous children ...

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Making a difference: Barak

Explore perspectives on Australia’s Indigenous heritage through photos and text about Barak, a Wurundjeri leader. Trace his story, including protests he led and his efforts to prevent the forced removal of his people from Coranderrk Station, a farm near Healesville in Victoria. Investigate how the government of the time ...

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Making a difference: Yagan

Explore perspectives on Australia’s Indigenous heritage through photos and text about Yagan, a Noongar leader who lived in the Swan River region of Western Australia (c.1795–1833). Trace his story, including his conflicts with settlers and efforts to protect his people. Investigate how the government of the time handled ...

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First Australians, episode 1: They have come to stay, 2008

This resource includes three clips from the television series First Australians. The clips describe the millennia before the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 and the time immediately after. The first clip focuses on how ancestral beings shaped the land and how the people came afterwards; the second describes the initial ...

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My Place - Episode 26: Before Time: Barangaroo, Yabbies

Barangaroo and Mung collect yabbies for the cook-off. When Barangaroo returns to the camp she finds that Mung has gone missing in Mumuga country, so she and her friends go searching for him.

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Making a difference: David Unaipon

Explore perspectives on Australia’s Indigenous heritage through photos and text about David Unaipon. Trace his story, including his work as an inventor, writer and public speaker. Examine how he promoted reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and other Australians. Investigate barriers he faced and how people reacted ...

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Strangers in Paradise, 1989: 'The white man's here, he's here to stay'

This clip shows the response of US tourists to events during Australia's bicentennial celebrations in 1988 in Sydney. Shots of a television Australia Day spectacular that they are viewing in their hotel room are accompanied by their commentary on Australian culture and history. Visuals show them at breakfast the following ...