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This resource would allow students to see the role of the local council in promoting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and its important place in the history of the local community. The site looks at the original Indigenous people who populated the local area: the Cadigal and Wangal people. Information covered includes Indigenous land use, archeological investigationsand Aboriginal use of resources in the local area . Stevens (2005) argues the importance of students considering the relationships between schools and Indigenous peoples and having a strong sense of place. By incorporating ideas about Indigenous connection to the land, the teacher would show a respect for Indigenous status in the whole governmental system.
By exploring this council-run website, students would also be able to understand the importance of the land to the Aboriginal people and how the land connects strongly to our system of government. Without distinguishing where we are in Australia, we cannot have local councils. To enhance this understanding, the teacher could organise for a member of Marrickville council to speak to the children about Cooks River which had a strong importance for the Cadigal and Wangal people and for the local area. Information on the distinct programs run to keep the river in tact can be found here: http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/environment/in_your_community/cooks_river/marrickville_cooks_river_committee.html?s=0
This site would give the students a better understanding of how Australia's Indigenous people can be identified by their particular clans, and how this is important for their own local community. Advertisements about council-run events in the community such as NAIDOC week and the Deadly Awards also give students the opportunity to see Indigenous events as a part of everyday life in the community.
Also useful for a teacher’s own general understanding about government and how it involves Indigenous people is the Aboriginal Governance website. This provides a governance toolkit and looks at issues of reconciliation in the community and in governance as a whole http://www.reconciliation.org.au/home/resources/governance-toolkit
Stevens, V. 2005. 'Embedding Indigenous Perspectives Model Framework'. Unpublished Model Framework, Indigenous Intellectual Property [PowerPoint].