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Australian Curriculum - Cross Curriculum Priority - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

Australian Curriculum - Cross Curriculum Priority - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it

The Australian Curriculum is working towards addressing two distinct needs in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education: that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are able to see themselves, their identities and their cultures reflected in the curriculum of each of the learning areas, can fully participate in the curriculum and can build their self-esteem that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross-curriculum priority is designed for all students to engage in reconciliation, respect and recognition of the world’s oldest continuous living cultures.

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Great reminder for us - TODAY (August 4) is National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day -"Value our Rights, Respect our Culture, Bring them Home...
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Interactive Noongar Language Groups

Interactive Noongar Language Groups | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
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Such a gift and worth sharing...Maps of the Aboriginal groups of the South-West usually present placenames of the different Nyungar language groups. This mapping is mostly associated with the work of anthropologist, Norman Tindale.
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Celebrating Culture – Years 3-10

Celebrating Culture – Years 3-10 | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it

In this unit, students will have the chance to learn about a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, excelling in a range of creative fields. Students will use draw inspiration from these case studies to create their own artworks, performances, and stories. These lessons can be used in the lead up to NAIDOC week or at any point in the year to celebrate contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

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These interdisciplinary units celebrate contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in an fun, engaging way through authentic inquiry tasks - just brilliant!
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Bringing Them Home | Australian Human Rights Commission

Bringing Them Home | Australian Human Rights Commission | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
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Fantastic resources here for every classroom...Cultural Competence #TMWA presentation - Carrolup Collection Curtin University
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National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
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Celebrating NAIDOC Week | NAIDOC

Celebrating NAIDOC Week | NAIDOC | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
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Celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Australian Indigenous people...

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National Reconciliation Week - ABC Splash

National Reconciliation Week - ABC Splash | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
4000+ educational games, videos and teaching resources for schools and students. Free Primary and Secondary resources covering history, science, English, maths and more
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What's happening in your school to commemorate the significance of National Reconciliation Week? May 27 - June 3
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ABC Online Indigenous - Interactive Map

ABC Online Indigenous - Interactive Map | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
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Handy 4 Kalgoorlie trip @ibukate Thx 2 @ABCIndigenous Interactive Map #indigenous #culture #country #languages
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Do you know a Bunji from a Boorie? Meet our dictionary's new Indigenous words

Do you know a Bunji from a Boorie? Meet our dictionary's new Indigenous words | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
Words from 100 Indigenous languages are in the new edition of the Australian National Dictionary – reflecting a heightened interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
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This is a wonderful addition to our growing indigenous vocabulary here in Australia as we start to embrace the language and culture of the First Australians...
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Breathtaking photos of Aboriginal newborns and pregnant women

Breathtaking photos of Aboriginal newborns and pregnant women | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
Photographer Bobbi-lee Hille, 29, from Perth, has paid homage to her Indigenous culture with stunning images of babies, with traditional Indigenous props and Aboriginal dot paintings.
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This is so precious and a very helpful resource for teachers to demonstrate Indigenous #culture #kinship #families #diversity Thank you Bobbi-lee...

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Education | Kaartdijin Noongar

Education | Kaartdijin Noongar | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
Kaartdijin in Noongar means 'knowledge'. Noongar people have lived in the south-west of Western Australia for more than 45,000 years.
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Kaartdijin Noongar links to AC History, AC English and AC Geography...download PDFs for F-2, 3-6 and 7-10...brilliant collaboration by SWALSC and AISWA!
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Rare spearheads uncovered on Rottnest Island

Rare spearheads uncovered on Rottnest Island | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
Staff and students from The University of Western Australia’s School of Indigenous Studies have made a surprise discovery on an excursion to Rottnest Island (Wadjemup), uncovering a rare nineteenth century glass spearhead.It’s the third time in the past year that UWA staff and students have uncovered spearheads on the island.Earlier this year a Heritage Studies student found a glass spearhead, and last year a staff member unearthed a ceramic one.The spearheads are believed to have been used by I
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Evidence of colonial conflict or survival? Significant find on Rottnest Island (Wadjemup)...a rare 19th Century spearhead.

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Ready for this? Australia's next great teen drama has a largely Indigenous cast | Television & radio | The Guardian

Ready for this? Australia's next great teen drama has a largely Indigenous cast | Television & radio | The Guardian | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
The makers of Redfern Now and First Contact believe television has the power to change social attitudes. With their new show they’re targeting young Australians
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Ready For This, a new drama on ABC3 that's set in Sydney and features a mostly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cast. It's so great to see young Murri faces and to hear language on the screen. Looking forward to watching the series.

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Science links & Illustrations of practice | The Australian Curriculum

Science links & Illustrations of practice | The Australian Curriculum | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
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In response to feedback from community and educators, ACARA has developed 95 new elaborations to help teachers to incorporate the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross-curriculum priority in the Australian Curriculum: Science. The new elaborations provide practical examples across all three strands of the science curriculum and all year levels. A big thank you to the many individuals and groups involved in developing these elaborations, including ACARA's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Taskforce, and Science and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander curriculum specialists.
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Koori Curriculum

Koori Curriculum | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
The Koori Curriculum is an Aboriginal early childhood consultancy based in Sydney’s inner west. Consultants at the Koori Curriculum facilitate a range of professional development workshops for educators that help guide the inclusion of Aboriginal perspectives in early childhood curriculums.
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Cultural competence and authentic Curriculum links - there are some brilliant ideas and resources here - well done Koori Curriculum.
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Acknowledging the culture of Aboriginal children has a huge impact on their learning - Tim Purdie - ABC Splash 

Acknowledging the culture of Aboriginal children has a huge impact on their learning - Tim Purdie - ABC Splash  | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
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Narragunnawali - Narragunnawali Home

Narragunnawali - Narragunnawali Home | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it

Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning supports early learning services, primary and secondary schools in Australia to develop environments that foster a higher level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

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Resources shared at Cultural Competence #TMWA presentation
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6 books for NAIDOC Week - Reading Australia - ABC Splash 

6 books for NAIDOC Week - Reading Australia - ABC Splash  | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
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National Reconciliation Week  - Schools and Early Learning

National Reconciliation Week  - Schools and Early Learning | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Make reconciliation part of your story and your future. This website provides several ideas for National Reconciliation Week (NRW) activities.
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Get involved...The theme for NRW 2017 is ‘Let’s take the next steps’ This National Reconciliation Week we reflect on two significant anniversaries in Australia’s reconciliation journey—50 years since the 1967 referendum and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision. As we commemorate these significant milestones, we ask all Australians to be a part of the next big steps in our nation’s reconciliation journey.
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Giving old languages a new lease of life

Giving old languages a new lease of life | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
An app teaching the Wemba Wemba language has been launched at Swan Hill Primary School.
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ICT integration with ancient culture...what a wonderful use of the available technology to engage students in a truly authentic task. Well done to these teachers for sharing this gift of learning whilst reviving an endangered language.
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Indigenous Weather Knowledge

Indigenous Weather Knowledge | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
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Increase your personal knowledge of Indigenous terms for weather and seasonal maps via the Aust. Govt Bureau Of Meteorology. An extremely useful resource for every Australian, especially in our schools around this vast country of ours.
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Why Indigenous culture and tourism need each other

Why Indigenous culture and tourism need each other | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
As international tourist numbers increase, Indigenous operators prepare to reap the rewards.
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This is also so true when our schools are seeking Aboriginal culture for their students..."They are fascinated by the story of the 40,000 years and the world's longest living civilisation... But unfortunately they do sometimes come away disappointed about not having as much exposure to Aboriginal tourism experiences … as what they were hoping for... visitors wanted an "authentic experience" and most of those experiences are concentrated in the north of Australia. "It's important that we have more of those experiences on offer around the state, and for it to be authentic it has to be local."
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Noongar Learners Guide – Noongar Boodjar Language Cultural Aboriginal Corporation

Noongar Learners Guide – Noongar Boodjar Language Cultural Aboriginal Corporation | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
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What a fabulous resource to start your journey with Noongar language..." It is acknowledged that the remerging Noongar has been developed under the influence of English and that there is still considerable work to be done to bring the Noongar language closer to its original voice.This small guide will aid the Noongar language learner by explaining some of the grammatical features of the language."

 
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Gambay - Languages Map

Gambay - Languages Map | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
This map of Australian languages reflects the names and groupings favoured by communities.
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Awesome interactive Australian First Peoples Languages map with teacher's notes for several AC Learning Areas...have a play and learn about our country!

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Awesome interactive Australian First Peoples Languages map with teacher's notes for several AC Learning Areas...have a play and learn about our country!

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Home - Welcome to country App. - FREE

Home - Welcome to country App. - FREE | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture | Scoop.it
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The Welcome to Country iPhone app. delivers a simple Welcome to Country video introduction~ to Australian indigenous culture, including basic cultural protocols that are tribal boundary geo-specific^. Download it from the App Store. It's free!

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Jamie Mitchell's curator insight, March 8, 2016 1:07 AM

The Welcome to Country iPhone app. delivers a simple Welcome to Country video introduction~ to Australian indigenous culture, including basic cultural protocols that are tribal boundary geo-specific^. Download it from the App Store. It's free!

Via Saturn's curator insight, May 13, 2017 8:51 PM
This could be an interesting way of incorporating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders issues an perspectives into the classroom through ICT's.