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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.

Sites are Australian unless indicated with this icon Non-Australian site. Sites 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.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Books [State Library of Queensland]
    ‘Turn the pages and listen to the collection of virtual books listed here’.
  • Aboriginal Australia - History
    ‘A WebQuest for Year 5’.
  • Aboriginal Education Research & Resources
    New South Wales Board of Studies. Links to information regarding ACAP, numeracy, literacy, Primary Links. A number are PDF documents. Part of the larger Aboriginal Educational Contexts site.
  • Aboriginal Studies
    NSW HSC Online. Social Justice & Human Rights, with specific case studies listed.
  • Aboriginal Teaching Resources for Language Learning, Literacy, History, Culture & Indigenous Education
    ‘Sharing Culture Online is 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. Sharing Culture Online supports Indigenous students to learn, appreciate, celebrate and engage with their culture, and schooling’.
  • Aboriginal Use of Native Plants WebQuest
    ‘In this WebQuest you will 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’.
  • ARDS
    Aboriginal Resource and Development Services Inc. established by the Yolngu people in Arnhem Land. General information, specific areas.
  • Art + Soul : Study Guide
    ‘Written and presented by Hetti Perkins, senior curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and directed by Warwick Thornton, award-winning director of Samson & Delilah, the 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’. From EnhanceTV.
  • 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’.
  • 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’.
  • 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. We have allocated them under Year level and subject as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander topics. These 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
    ‘Enthusiastically supporting the opportunity to take a leadership role in achieving educational equality for Indigenous Australians’. Designed to assist Indigenous students achieve maximum educational outcomes.
  • Updated ! Deadly Pathways
    ‘Career Information Service, Queensland. Deadly Pathways has a lot of information specifically for Aboriginal students and Torres Strait Islander students’.
  • Dhinawun Consultancy
    Consultancy in the area of Aboriginal Education, culture and learning. These are fee-based but within the scope of a school wishing to access their expertise. Development from an hour to a day or longer.
  • Dreaming Online : Hints and Help
    Part of the Indigenous Australia site. See their “Storylist” of narrated dreamtime stories from the same page.
  • Financial Literacy for Indigenous Australians
    ‘Worked with Indigenous people and organisations that have experience in working with Indigenous Australians on money management to develop good practice principles and a list of programs and resources. The booklet outlines five practical principles to follow when developing financial literacy initiatives. Information and contact details for the financial literacy programs and resources that are currently available for Indigenous Australians’. Download a PDF copy.
  • Frontier Education Online
    ‘Designed to complement the Frontier television series, the Frontier Online site, and the Frontier CD-ROM set. Divided into four main sections, moving from the Dreaming through contact history, to massacres and resistance, on to assimilation policies and the politics of Aboriginal cultures, to a final section on historiography - the various ways in which Aboriginal history has been made and remade’. Australian ABC.
  • Indigenous Australians
    Access resources held by the State Library of NSW. Resources on people, language, art, more.
  • Indigenous Australians [2]
    ‘A handy list of links that contain information just for Indigenous Australian customers’.
  • Updated ! Indigenous Education and Cultural Resources
    An annotated listing of links from the Professional Teachers’ Council of NSW.
  • Indigenous Education - LibGuides at Southern Cross University
    Multiple sections from books to websites. Compiled in sections and clearly described.
  • Indigenous Kids Read
    ‘A free resource for Indigenous families to help their young children [0-8 years old] with literacy and language development. The website was developed by a project team that included Indigenous and non-Indigenous early childhood educators’. Department of Education and Training, NT.
  • Indigenous Literacy Foundation
    ‘An initiative and charity of The Australian Book Industry drawing on its diverse range of expertise, skills and resources. Funds raised by the Foundation help purchase and supply culturally appropriate books and literacy resources for over 200 remote communities around Australia’. See how schools can be involved.
  • Indigenous Projects
    ‘The Indigenous Education Projects Unit has been established to manage Indigenous education projects and develop partnerships that work collaboratively to progress the goals of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Policy and the Melbourne Declaration’. You can also access a separate blog by Dr Chris Sarra who is associated with this Institute.
  • Indigenous Statistics for Schools
    Sections on Population, Work, Income, Industry and Occupation, Housing and Health while one section covers Education. Australian Bureau of Statistics.
  • 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’.
  • 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]. Comprises stories from urban and rural communities around NSW and Victoria’.
  • Language of Belonging
    ‘Welcome to 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’.
    Highly Recommended !

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  • 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’.
  • Making it Real
    ‘Customisable program that contains a great selection of quantity interactive literacy and numeracy resources. Many customisation tools; these allow users to change picture and voice elements within the resource. Making It Real has been modelled on the community of Lockhart River, a coastal Indigenous community situated on the eastern side of Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, Australia’.
  • 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.
  • Message Club
    ‘ABC’s new youth site for upper primary and lower high school Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The site offers school activities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students with the opportunity to present their work online’. Multiple sections.
  • 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’.
  • Resources and Links
    ‘Links to support Aboriginal Education’. PDF downloads, access to resources including Individual Learning Plan samples From a South Australian Education District Office.
  • Resources for Indigenous Education
    Student and Teacher resources, Reports and Employment information. From Education Queensland.
  • Rick Roser Resources
    Access resources from clipart to performances from this site.
  • Ronin Films - Indigenous Australia
    ‘Australian and Torres Strait Island societies, history, politics and cultures, 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’.
  • Science Goes Walkabout
    ‘Julie Crough looks at interactive, online learning modules and other related resources that are providing a springboard for engaging and relevant science programs, especially for schools in northern Australia’.
  • Ten Canoes Study Guide
    ‘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’.
  • 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. There is also a Blog Version.
  • Non-Australian site  The First Peoples’ Project
    ‘The First Peoples’ Project connects indigenous students from around the world in collaborative project work and allows them to showcase their work to a global audience. Students can be involved in sharing writing, art and discussion about issues relating to indigenous students’.
  • Web Links - Aboriginal Studies
    Compiled under several topic headings by the North Sydney Institute of TAFE, NSW.
  • Werde ! Welcome to Us Mob
    ‘With Us Mob, you can follow central Australian Aboriginal teenagers Charlie, Della, Harry and Jacquita as they head off on journeys full of fun, excitement and crisis’. ABC. Requires broadband, javascript, cookies and Flash 7.
  • 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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