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Education (Early Years & Primary): First Nations Resources

This guide will outline some of the resources that will be useful throughout your course and beyond.

Teaching Resources

Australians Together – stories and curriculum resources that focus on the voices of Indigenous Australians and “help non-Indigenous people learn the true story of our shared history, understand how it’s still having an impact today and imagine new ways to live together more respectfully.” Also see the page on Intergenerational Trauma.

Deadly and Proud stories of Victorian Aboriginal history and cultures presented as an interactive map.

Deadly Story “a place for Aboriginal Culture, Country & Community. A place to grow my knowledge & be proud.” 

Deadly Questions – user generated questions, answered by Aboriginal Victorians. 

Koorie Culture Map  an interactive map experience produced by SharingStories in partnership with Koorie Communities and youth from local primary schools. The map is a collection of creation story animations and videos of culturally significant sites originally from the SharingStories iBook collection.

Pride and Pain – “Explore the timeline and discover how January 26 is a day of both pride and pain and why, for many, “Australia Day” is a difficult day.”

Respect Relationships Reconciliation (3Rs) – study resources "designed to support teacher educators incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content in initial teacher education (ITE) courses.”

Share Our Pride – “This website will give you a glimpse of how life looks from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective.

ABC

Indigenous stories, culture & resources on ABC Education

Ferguson, Z. (2017). Little J and Big Cuz, Australia's first animated show to feature Aboriginal people offers 'relatable' characters for Indigenous kids. ABC News.

SBS/NITV

Jarjums is the NITV programming dedicated to children. Includes entertaining and educational First Nations content. (including Little J and Big Cuz)

SBS Learn. (2020). Celebrate NAIDOC: Always Was, Always Will Be.

Organisations

The Aboriginal Early Childhood Collective – “The Aboriginal Early Childhood Collective provides professional development and resourcing for the education and community services sector.”

Narragunnawali – supports schools and early learning services in Australia to develop environments that foster a high level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions. Create a free login to access Professional Learning & Curriculum Resources.

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) – SNAICC is the “national non-governmental peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. We work for the fulfilment of the rights of our children, in particular to ensure their safety, development and well-being”.

Victorian Aboriginal Education Association (VAEAI) – Information, news and resources

Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission, Aboriginal Rights – outlines Aboriginal rights and special cultural rights as well as key statistics, stories and topics.

Documents

Marrung
Department of Education and Training. (2016). Marrung: Aboriginal Education Plan 2016-2026. 

Koorified
Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation & La Trobe University. (2014). Koorified: Aboriginal communication and wellbeing. 

Possum skin pedagogy
Atkinson, S. (2017). Possum skin pedagogy: A guide for early childhood practitioners.

Victorian Aboriginal affairs framework
State of Victoria. (2018). Victorian Aboriginal affairs framework 2018-2023.

Walking Together: An inclusion support and protocols resource for generalist early childhood education and care services.
Victorian Aboriginal Education Association
Inc & Victorian Aboriginal Education Association. (2020). Walking together.