NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for us to join with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to celebrate their history, culture and achievements.

This year NAIDOC Week will be held from 7 to 14 July 2019 and the theme is “Voice Treaty Truth – Let’s work together for a shared future.”  Details can be found on the NAIDOC website.

To help you explore these ideas we have prepared a selection of resources for all ages.

The Aboriginal Sharers of Knowledge (ASK) Program provides schools with opportunities to invite Aboriginal community members to work alongside you to deliver learning programs that draw on the rich knowledge and experiences of the Aboriginal community.

While NAIDOC celebrations focus on one week, there are many ways to introduce the cross-curriculum priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures in your classroom throughout the year. Please contact us at to find out how we can support you.

Learning Resources

Early Years

Story Time

Aboriginal Early Years Education Workers reading stories – something for your children to listen to.  They will hear Aboriginal voice and in some cases, the stories may be written by Aboriginal authors. This connects Learners with aspects of Voice, child-centred learning, culturally responsive practice, oral storytelling, 8 Aboriginal ways of learning.   These resources are coming soon.

Outdoor Play

Illustrations of Practice from Classroom Resources on The Orb demonstrates how outdoor play for early years is important for development of many skills as learners and within families.  View two videos on YouTube: Connecting with Families and Bush Kinder.  More information on Bush Kinder through the Sustainability Learning Centre can be found on the Sustainability Learning Centre website or download the Bush Kinder flyer.

Year 4

Listening and Telling (Voice, Truth)

By exploring the Listening and Telling Learning Task, we learn not about, but with and from people by asking them to tell their stories. This task allows students to learn from an Aboriginal community member (via the ASK Program) and record what they have learnt, interpret and re-tell the Aboriginal person’s story before publishing and sharing their work.   View the YouTube video “Culturally Responsive Practice – Listening and Telling”. 

Year 5

Visualising Song (Voice, Treaty)

Through the Visualising Song Learning Task, learners watch Visualising Song on You Tube, a song that is written and performed by Aboriginal artists before visually interpreting it’s meaning with the creation of a storyboard. Each group will focus on a verse and make coloured transparent ‘slides’ to be used in an animated movie using software such as PhotoStory3 for Windows.

Year 6

Understanding Self Understanding Other (Treaty)

View the YouTube video Culturally Responsive Practice – Understanding Self, Understanding Other and undertake the Understanding Self Understanding Other Learning Task where Learners debate a political issue where people in the community have conflicting needs, and different points of view – for example, the building of the Brighton bypass over kutalayna, which began in 2009.

Year 9

Kunanyi and the Cable Car (Treaty)

The Kunanyi and the Cable Car Learning Task Learners conduct an inquiry into the cable car debate on kunanyi. They consider multiple views before deciding whether they are ‘for’ or ‘against’ the cable car. Two groups will then participate in a debate – for and against.

All Learners

From Gumnuts to Buttons (Truth)  Both From Gumnuts to Buttons Trailer and From Gumnuts to Buttons Feature are played to viewers.  Learners then proceed with the From Gumnuts to Buttons Learning Tasks for year levels 1 to 10.

Foods – Customary Law (Voice, Treaty, Truth)

The Customary Law Investigation shows how Tasmanian Aboriginal people have engaged in hunting, fishing and gathering food from land and place for countless generations. This ongoing practice lies at the heart of a continuing cultural knowledge that is passed on from elders and parents to their children creating a continuing connection to Country from the past to the present.

Extra Resources

The Orb

Reconciliation Tasmania

Reconciliation Australia

Reconciliation Australia – What We Are Asking of the Next Federal Parliament

Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Education

Resources on palawa kani for Educators

Listen to this: ABC Radio National interview

Listen to this: ABC Radio National “Is racism mainstream in Australia?”