While we were on holidays NAIDOC week was on Thats a time when Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders celebrate their culture But while many of the old Indigenous ways have been preserved In the 2
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This Behind the News (BTN) video explores the significance of NAIDOC week as a time when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders celebrate their culture. It promotes intercultural understanding as students develop a better understanding of Indigenous culture and traditions. Students also become aware that with time cultural practices may change. The video informs students that since European settlement some Indigenous customs have been lost such as; the art of bark canoes which was used for fishing and duck hunting. This is an excellent online resource to help students appreciate and understand that traditionally, Indigenous communities would use things around them (raw materials, resources) from the environment to make goods to satisfy their needs.
The video also provides an Aboriginal and Torres Strait perspective to teaching this subject matter. The depiction of Indigenous communities and customs are free from any cultural bias, generalisations, or stereotypes. After watching the video students realise that canoe making is an ancient art now primarily found in museums. In accordance to the Aboriginal Education Policy (New South Wales Department of Education and Communities, 2008), all staff must ‘use quality teaching and assessment practices and resources that are culturally inclusive (1.6.4) [and] provide all students with opportunities to develop deeper understandings of Aboriginal histories, cultures and languages [1.6.6]' (p.225).
As a literacy link (English WS1.9, WS1.10, WS1.11), students in small groups are to write a procedural recount about how the bark canoe was made. This BTN video and links provided on the BTN website as well as the Australian Museum website can be used to assist students. A focus should be made to using adjectives, explanations and conjunctions (sequential). During visual arts, students can use paints, crayons or make a collage to describe the steps in the procedure. Students can then share their information with other schools through a video conference or a short video to be posted on the class blog (using google blogger). These learning activities are effective as it helps students understand that making goods requires specific raw material and a sequential process. Furthermore, teachers can invite Aboriginal Australian guest speakers such as; a community elder to the school. Teachers must ensure that they use correct protocols and can contact the Aboriginal Education Officer or NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Inc. (AECG) to assist them with the process.
New South Wales Department of Education and Training. (2008). Aboriginal Education and Training Policy: An Introductory Guide. Sydney: Author.
Racism No Way. (2005). Racism No Way: A. Guide for Australian Schools. Australia: Clarke Murphy Printing.