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Racism. No Way.: Homepage

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This website aims to tackle racism in schools in Australia, through providing teachers, school students, parents and governors with games, research and lesson ideas that explore the causes and effects of racism for practical use in the classroom.
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This is a great website that explores the different types of racism and how we can overcome racism in schools and the wider community. There are a lot of activities available for teachers to download and work through with their classes. 

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Reconciliation Australia School resources

Reconciliation Australia School resources | History and Society | Scoop.it
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Reconciliation is an ongoing process within this country, and is something that students need to be aware of a lot more. Does the Australian curriculum address these issues enough? 

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Deborah Michels's comment, October 27, 2013 2:47 AM
How will you address them?
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Babakiueria

A political mockumentary reversing the situation in Australia, where blacks landed in a white culture and took over.
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I love this role reversal to the way the english destroyed and took over indigenous Australian's way of life. For upper primary students who may not understand what the white colonists and Australian government did to destroy indigenous language, culture and land. I found this very powerful due to the sarcastic nature of it. Very thought provoking. 

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Rabbit Proof Fence - Unwanted Third Race

Speech about breeding out the aboriginal. Quotes: "The continuing infiltration of white blood finally stamps out the black colour. The aboriginal has simply ...
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One of the absurd reasons behind the forcible removal of indigenous children from their families. The idea of the unknown in a way is what drove the stolen generation; children who were of mixed race (otherwise known as half-castes) were seen to be a new race, but it also made the Australian government at the time believe that they could raise these children to conform into white Australian society. 

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Cathy Freeman Wins 400m Gold - Sydney 2000 Olympics

Highlights from Cathy Freeman's Gold medal victory in the Women's 400m during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
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One of Australia's greatest sporting moments, and one of the most memorable indidenous australian moments in sport. Cathy Freeman's contribution is one that will hopefully be remembered forever in Australian sporting history. This is another example of the huge contribution by indigenous Australians to the country's culture and history.  

 

This was also a memorable moment due to Cathy Freeman doing a lap of honour with both the Australian and Aboriginal flag. I would like to explore the relevance of the Australian flag in modern Australian society. It would be good to question hte children on whether the Australian flag should be changed to include the Aboriginal flag as well. 

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Deborah Michels's comment, October 27, 2013 2:51 AM
Darn, the link no longer works.
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Orcades: Museum Victoria

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The Orcades was the first purpose-built passenger vessel to enter the Australian migrant trade after World War II. Many immigrants remember her sense of style and feeling of “old world” luxury.
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Searching the immigration website, I came across this piece of information and was astounded by the stark contrasts of conditions people travelled to Australia in after the 2nd world war, and in the current period of 'illegal immigrants.' This information would be great to compare immigrants now and then. What are the differences? Where were people coming from and where are people coming from now? Why are people coming to Australia and what were there reasons then? 

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After Mabo

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The most respected Indigenous commentators on native title are featured here, thus adding to the documentary’s historical importance. (Video excerpt 3.01 minutesalso has educational notes.
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A change of governments in 1996 severely affected the Native Title act, taking away the rights to indigenous people and giving more power to mining companies and pastoralists. It's the change in these laws that pushed organisations like the Central Land Council to work harder for traditional owners to reclaim and protect their lands from mining companies and pastoralists. 

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Deborah Michels's curator insight, October 27, 2013 2:55 AM

Thanks to one of my wonderful students for this resource!

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Beyond Sorry

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The filmmakers get to the heart of the consequence of child removal, yet tell a story that is painfully humane, and never compromising the humanity and beauty of its subjects. (Video excerpt 3.12 minutesalso has educational notes.
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An insight into a woman finding her family after being taken away from them at such a young age. This would be great to show the impact that the forcible removal of children had on peoples lives. 

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2000 Sydney Closing Ceremony - My Island Home (& Countdown)

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My Island Home was later released by Indigenous singer Christine Anu, who went on to sing it at the closing ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics. This performance helps to emphasise the weight this song has in Australian culture. 

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Before Time : Barangaroo | My Place for teachers

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An insight into Australia before English colonisation and settlement. Look at what the land was like, the indigenous people's way of life, including traditions, ways of hunting, communicating etc. 

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Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu - Bapa

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu's new single, 'Bapa', from his critically aclaimed album 'Gurrumul'. Amazon: http://amzn.to/AvRbvl Buy this song from iTunes: htt...
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Indigenous contribution to the national and international music industry. Gurrumul has received mainstream recognition and looking into the meanings of his songs as well as his indigenous background and history. He was also a member of yothu yindi. 

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Yothu Yindi - Treaty

The video to Treaty.
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Another significant song in Australia's history, not only showing the contribution by Aboriginal people to the culture and entertainment of this country but also the meaning behind this songs expresses the frustration of aboriginal people regarding the false promises of the Australian Government to give aboriginal people land rights. 

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Gough Whitlam Vincent Lingiari

The Speech Gough Whitlam made before pouring a handful of sand into the hands of Vincent Lingiari.
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An extremely significant moment in the acknowledgement of Aboriginal land rights. Year 5-6. This tied in with Paul kelly and Kev Carmody's song would be great to use in humanities. 

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Jewish Holocaust Centre - The Nona Lee School Education Program

Click play to view a short video on the Centre's Education Program Over 400,000 secondary school students have attended educational programs run by t...
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This would be a great place to take upper primary students to learn first hand about the holocause. Although I believe that we need to learn about the problems and genocides that Australia has witnessed, it is then relevant to understand genocides and racial discrimination elsewhere. Can we see similarities in reasoning behind these traumatic events? Did they occur out of fear or out of despising a group of people? Of course none of these reasons are justifiable but students need to learn what causes these horrific events and how we as a society can prevent them. 

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Dreamtime Stories - Tiddalick The Frog

Dreamtime Story Animation "Tiddalick The Frog" for the Marambul Yuganha Exhibition at the Griffith campus of TAFE NSW Riverina Institute 2011. Exhibition Coo...
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Dreamtime story that could be used in class. Children could use this as well as other examples to come up with their own dreamtime stories. This was an activity in the class I work in, though in hindsight, I wonder if it's culturally insensitive to create dreamtime stories that have no concept of the meaning behind the dreaming, or whether it's a way to encourage accepting and respecting indigenous culture. 

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Deborah Michels's comment, October 27, 2013 2:48 AM
I wonder the same thing. Who or where can you go to verify whether or not it's culturally insensitive?
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Stolen Generations - Our Apology

Stolen Generations members are survivors, they are leaders, they are connected to all our comminites. This video gives a chance for Stolen Generations to sha...
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Some insight into the pain still felt by those children who were taken away from their families. Another good clip to show with parts of the rabbit proof fence in developing empathy for people who've experienced grief that students haven't felt. Or have they been taken away from something that they've missed? Their old house/town/city? A parent/grandparents? 

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Rabbit Proof Fence - Stolen Generations

Rabbit Proof Fence scene
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This movie and scene in particular shows how the forcible removal of indigenous children took place and how it affected the families left behind. Currently I believe the humanities curriculum of primary schools doesn't teach or assist students in developing empathy. This would be a good short clip to use to put the children into the shoes of those who were taken away. How would you feel? Do you feel sorry for the children taken away? 

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Austral Ed Children's Books - Books about Immigration

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This is a great list of books that deal with the emotions and issues that are connected with immigration and people fleeing their homes for want of a safe and happy existence. Althought I haven't selected any specific books, it would be worth sourcing ones that take your interest and are appropriate for middle primary students. 

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First Australians

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This is a great introduction to indigenous Australian dreaming. In the 3/4 class that I work in, the students looked at different dream time stories. I wonder whether this short clip would be aqequate for the middle primary years as an introduction to show the differences between indigenous and non-indigenous people and the connection that they have to land. In my upbringing, I feel a sense of connection to the land around Alice Springs. I may not have a connection to the town itself, for the town is riddled with problems that I'm not ready to face, but the land itself is beautiful and ancient, and it is a part of who I am no matter how far away I move from it. 

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Deborah Michels's comment, October 27, 2013 2:52 AM
This is a powerful reflection, Eddie. Thanks for that!
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After Mabo

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The most respected Indigenous commentators on native title are featured here, thus adding to the documentary’s historical importance. (Video excerpt 3.01 minutesalso has educational notes.
Eddie Alexander's insight:

A good short clip introducing some of the issues surrounding Aboriginal People wanting recognition and ownership of their land again. Native Title is something that Aboriginal fought for over a long period of time. The Eddie Mabo case is one of the most famous cases in the country's history regarding indigenoud entitlement over the land that their family lived upon before english colonisation and settlement. 

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Archie Roach 'Took the children away' with lyrics (beautiful protest song).

Archie Roach is an icon of the Australian music industry and his honest storytelling tells the sad truth of indigenous Australia. He wrote the landmark song ...
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I would use this song in a unit on the stolen generation, to talk about the art and music written in response to the grief it caused individuals and families. These lyrics are incredible and it would be worthwhile having children respond to these. How did it make the students feel listening to the music and reading the lyrics?

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Warumpi Band - My Island Home (1988)

Music from Australia and New Zealand in the year 1988: Warumpi Band's promo-video for the single 'My Island Home' taken from the 1988 album 'Go Bush'. Christ...
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Everytime I listen to this song I well up. This song holds so much importance to me, especially being born and raised in the Central Australian town of Alice Springs. This song was also released in 1988, the year I was born, which may provide some unconscious connection as well. Needless to say, I think this song represents a lot of things; the connection of a man to his traditional land, the isolation that many Australians live in being so distant from the ocean, and as big as the country is, it is essentially our island home. 

 

I would use this song to not only show indigenous music and it's contribution to Australian society and culture, but to also delve deeper into the meaning of this song. In my personal opinion, I think this song would be a great national anthem (with a few minor lyrical changes) and it would be good to compare it with other Australian songs such as Advance Australia Fair, Waltzing Matilda and We Are Australian. 

 

Could this be an alternative?

Why? Why not? 

 

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Bapa :: Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu :: OzTrax

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The lyrics of Bapa translated into English.

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Yothu Yindi - Homeland Movement

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It would be great to print out the lyrics to Treaty for upper primary students to interpret and explore the meaning behind it. You could then look at articles about the issue at that time in Australia's history, and also discuss and learn about the Baringa Statement. 

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The Central Land Council represents Aboriginal people in Central Australia | Central Land Council

The Central Land Council represents Aboriginal people in Central Australia | Central Land Council | History and Society | Scoop.it
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The Central Land Council is an organisation based in Central Australia that helps Aboriginal people get back country, helps Aboriginal people manage land, and assists in regional communities becoming sustainable through creating local jobs to protect indigenous country. 

I would not have put this resource down if my dad didn't work for them, simply because I would not have known about it. However, there is great information on this website about their achievements, aboriginal kinship, local languages,the concept of sacred sights, and many other aspects. 

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Deborah Michels's comment, October 27, 2013 3:18 AM
Thanks so much for this!