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We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Wurundjeri People as the Custodians of this land. We also pay respects to all Aboriginal Community Elders, past and present, who have resided in the area and have been an integral part of the history of this region.

Below are a range of resources that relate to Aboriginal perspectives for each council as well as some general resources and activities.


Council Information

Knox

The Knox website has information on Aboriginal history within Knox. Find out more here

Manningham

The Manningham website has detailed information on Aboriginal history within Manningham and lists local sites of significance that can be accessed by the public. Find out more here

Maroondah 

The Maroondah website has information on local Aboriginal history within the municipality and lists local sites of significance. Find out more here

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The Whitehorse website has information on reconciliation within the municipality. Find out more here

Yarra Ranges

The Yarra Ranges website has detailed information on the regional history within Yarra Ranges and also has information on the vision for reconciliation within the municipality. Find out more on the history within the area here

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"An ‘Acknowledgment of Country’ can be done by any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australians that are not traditional owners of the country you are meeting on, or by non-Indigenous Australians. 
There is no set wording for an Acknowledgement and you may wish to establish your own wording. 

An Acknowledgement will often:
-Acknowledge the traditional owners/custodians.
-Pay Respect to their Elders past and present."

-Share Our Pride


Incursion and Excursion Opportunities

There are a number of operators who offer incursions and excursions relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. This is not the fully exhaustive list and if you see any missing, please tell us through our contact form. 

Cultural Incursions:

Cultural Infusions

Cultural Infusions offer a range of Education programs for a range of age groups. They work with a range of artists around the country that deliver programs which emphasise interactivity and inclusivity and contribute to learning environments that reinforces a strong sense of identity, belonging, respect and appreciation. Find out more information here

Melbourne Museum - First Peoples Learning Kit

Museums Victoria has a kit containing artefacts that reflect the material culture and practices of the First Peoples of Australia with a particular focus on the Koories of Victoria. You can borrow the kit from the museum. Find out more information here

Melbourne Museum - Virtual Learning

Museums Victoria has set up a series of virtual learning sessions on a range of different topics. These engaging and interactive virtual experiences provide access to experts and behind-the-scenes spaces across Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and Immigration Museum. Suitable for a range of ages, you can find out more here.  

Wurundjeri Tribe Council

The Wurundjeri Tribe Council has a range of incursion opportunities tailored to all age groups. Find out more on their website here

Yarn Strong Sista

Yarn Strong Sista is an organisation that offers a range of different resources. They are specialised in Early Learning cultural education and have a range of different programs they can run that they will tailor to your specific needs. Find out more information here

Cultural Excursions:

Koorie Heritage Trust - Birrarung Wilam Walk

The Koorie Heritage Trust organise cultural walks along Birrarung Marr (the Yarra River) from Federation Square, talking about the change over time. For more information, see the website

Melbourne Museum - Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre

There are a range of opportunities for cultural excursions at the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at the Melbourne Museum. You can either book in for a museum led session or go through a self-guided tour of exhibits on the First Peoples. They offer opportunities for a range of age groups, including VCE. See more information here

Wurundjeri Tribe Council

The Wurundjeri Tribe Council has a range of excursion opportunities tailored to all age groups. Find out more on their website here

Zoos Victoria - Healesville Sanctuary

Healesville Sanctuary offer a unique experience on a weekend called 'Wominjeka – Indigenous cultural experiences with Murrundindi'. At this session Murrundindi shares cultural stories about his land. Find out more information here

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"In 2016, there were 798,400 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, representing 3.3% of the total Australian population."

-Australian Bureau of Statistics


Lesson Ideas and Resources

The following Lesson Ideas and Resources are divided below based on the major topic. See the related websites for more detailed information about specific lessons or resources. This list is not exhaustive and if you think there's a major topic theme that has not been covered, then please let us know at info@easl.com.au

Scootle, a national resource repository for curriculum activities, has resources on a broad range of cultural topics. You will need your education email ready to login. Find the resources here

The Koorie Heritage Trust has compiled a list of resources relating to Indigenous perspectives, called the Tuckerbag. Read or download this resource here

Acknowledgement of Country and Culture:

Aboriginal Victoria

The Victorian Government has put together a page providing information on Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country. This page includes a map tool to discover who the traditional owners are of an area. You can view these and more here

Creative Spirits

The Creative Spirits site has a range of resources for use in the classroom, as well as general information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives. You can also sign up to a newsletter to keep updated with new information. See more here

Culture Victoria

The Culture Victoria website has a range of stories spanning from traditional to contemporary life, of land and spirit, art and artefacts. Browse their collections and more on their website here. A key publication to use is 'Nyernila - Listen Continuously: Aboriginal Creation Stories of Victoria' which details creation stories for the different regions of Victoria. You can view or download the resource here

Koorie Heritage Trust

The Koorie Heritage Trust can provide support to schools through professional development sessions and their strategic partnerships program. Their website also has a wide range of resources including upcoming events, exhibits and collections of Koorie artworks and objects. See the website for more information here

The ABC

The ABC has great resources on Aboriginal culture for use with a range of age groups and subject areas. You can see these general resources here. A great resource for use in the classroom is 'Dust Echoes', a series of 12 dreamtime stories. You can view these here

The NSW Department of Education

The NSW Department of Education has put together a resource for teachers that covers the age range of K-12. You can view this resource here

The WA Department of Education

The DE in Western Australia has compiled a detailed set of resources for educators on a range of topics, including culture. You can access these here

Yarn Strong Sista

The Yarn Strong Sista website has a range of resources for purchase, including self-developed lessons and books. See more here

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Bush Foods and Medicine:

Bush food, or bush tucker, is generally termed as any food native to Australia and used as sustenance by Aboriginals or Torres Strait Islanders. Similarly, bush medicine relates to Australian plants that were used traditionally to treat ailments. 

The following are organisations that either sell bush food products or have resources relating to bush foods or medicines.

Film Resources:

The following group have a number of film resources relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island perspectives. See the individual websites for more information:

History:

Aboriginal History of Yarra

This is a website full of resources created by Yarra City Council in partnership with the Wurundjeri Tribe Council. View these resources here

My Place for Teachers

This site offers education resources to support those who use the 'My Place' TV series in the classroom. You can view the episodes and resources here

Share Our Pride

The Share Our Pride website has a brilliant section called 'Learn' that is set up to provide a glimpse how life looks like from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island perspective. The chapters can be worked through at your own pace and each is designed to build upon the last. They are designed to give you a taste of traditional cultures and learn about our shared history. Start your journey here

The WA Department of Education

THE DE in Western Australia has compiled a detailed set of resources for educators on a range of topics, including reconciliation. You can access these here.Art -3102121_1920 

Reconciliation:

Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Education

The Narragunnawali website has great resources for educators of all age groups with a search function for those looking for specific information. You can see more here.

Reconciliation Victoria

Reconciliation Victoria is the state-wide body promoting reconciliation across Victoria. This means that we promote deeper understanding, respect and justice for and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. They have in depth information on reconciliation and a school and early learning section. View the Reconciliation Victoria website here

The WA Department of Education

THE DE in Western Australia has compiled a detailed set of resources for educators on a range of topics, including reconciliation. You can access these here

Yarra Healing

The Yarra Healing website has been put together by the Catholic Education Office and has great resources and ideas for further connections. To explore these or find out more, click here

Weather and Seasons:

The following websites all relate to seasonality and the comparison between European seasonality and aboriginal seasonality:

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Extra Resources 

Professional Development

The following offer professional development opportunities relating to Aboriginal perspectives. See their website for full details:

Educational Support

Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc. (VAEAI)

The VAEAI have information on strategies, programs and initiatives that are available to schools and Koorie students. You can find out more here

Registered Aboriginal Parties 

The following resources relate to registered aboriginal parties:

Hardcopy Reading List:

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