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An Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) is an area of Indigenous-owned land or sea where there is an agreement between the traditional owners and the Australian Government. The agreement aims to promote biodiversity and cultural resource conservation. These Indigenous Protected Areas are maintained by Indigenous Aboriginal communities, allowing them to protect their cultural values and land for future generations.
Activity: Students are given time in the computer labs/library to explore the website further and discover where there are IPAs around Australia. Print out a big map of Australia and as a class, get each student to pin/colour/mark where there are IPAs (http://www.environment.gov.au/indigenous/ipa/map.html). After that, each student can choose one of the areas to research on (http://www.environment.gov.au/indigenous/ipa/declared/index.html). Students should include:
- A map marking where exactly the area is located in Australia
- Who are the traditional owners of that area?
- Who looks after that piece of land?
- How do they protect their land?
- What is significance of that particular area to the Indigenous People?
- How has IPA helped?
- What are some interesting facts about the area?
Excursion Idea: If possible, it would be a great experience for students to visit an Indigenous Protected Area, a great part of the website (http://www.environment.gov.au/indigenous/ipa/visiting.html) explains what people should be aware of when they are visiting an IPA. Respecting people’s privacy, respecting restrictions, talking to Indigenous people, taking photographs and filming, and taking home a memento. These are all very important rules and guidelines that need to be followed in order to be respectful to the land. Students should have a read of these guidelines and understand why these guidelines are set.
This activity and resource will be useful for classrooms in Stage 2 HSIE.
Outcome: ENS2.6 Describes people’s interactions with environments and identifies responsible ways of interacting with environments
Dot Point: Local and other Australian communities
Board of Studies NSW. (2006). Human Society & Its Environment K-6 Syllabus. Sydney: Author.