5 Tips for your Classroom during NAIDOC Week

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Read on to see my 5 tips for your classroom in NAIDOC Week.

NAIDOC Week is all about Empathy

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Read below for 5 teaching tips for your classroom during NAIDOC Week.

NAIDOC Week is a week to focus on the importance of our Indigenous Australians, it is important to acknowledge that they were the landowners long before our country was called Australia. Our activities will help support you to work through our 5 tips for NAIDOC Week.

My five tips for your classroom in NAIDOC Week focuses on empathy and include looking at the art of storytelling, the notion of family, respecting our environment, respecting cultural differences and understanding history.

Healing Country Week

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NAIDOC Week Tip Number 1 – The Art of Storytelling

Dreamtime Stories are the stories passed down from generation to generation. Stories are the foundation of Aboriginal religion and culture. Dreamtime stories date back at least 65,000 years ago.

Each story teaches the history of ancestors, details about the spirit world and where indigenous Australians can find their place in their world. While we can read about these stories, they were originally passed down through conversations, dances, symbolic drawings and rituals.

Stories were told by the elders and held onto as the essence of their culture. Today you can get so many picture storybooks about Dreamtime Stories to share and use for discussions about culture.

National Sorry Day bundle packs

TpT link – Indigenous Australians Bundle

NAIDOC Week Tip Number 2 – The Notion of Family

In Indigenous culture, the idea of family is a little different and includes a wider definition than in white culture. Anyone involved in the upbringing of a child and who helps to raise them is family. This includes grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and members of the community who help to educate and care for them.

The level of respect for family is evident when you listen to how important family is to this culture. When we teach about family the norm is no longer two parents and two kids, so we need to include all the family structures.

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Tip Number 3 – Our Environment

Before white settlement/invasion the Indigenous Peoples were already highly connected to the land and sea. They were respectful of temperatures, weather patterns and the impact they made on flora and fauna. They never took too much, only what they absolutely needed to survive.

Tribes moved around to give our land time to heal, regenerate and repopulate with animals and plants that they removed. We know they are the caretakers, and we need to respect that they are traditional landowners of our nation. When we study our impact on the environment can we say our impact is as respectful?

Screenshots of PowerPoint Facts to share

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NAIDOC Week Tip Number 4 – Cultural Differences

We can and should respect cultural differences. Australia is a multi-cultural nation, and we have people from all over the world that call our country home. We cannot argue that our Indigenous Peoples were the landowners of our nation.

Their lives are rich with stories, traditions and culture. We teach respect for each other, property and values in our classrooms because it is the right thing to do.

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 Tip Number 5 – Understanding History

It is important that we begin to teach history at an early age. As teachers, we start with family, move onto the local area, branch out to our country and then the world. We can learn so much about our history by looking at how our local tribes lived, survived, and cared for each other and our area.

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Links for more information on NAIDOC Week

National NAIDOC Week Official Site

The History of NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Celebrations

National Sorry Day Facts (May)

Sorry Day and The Stolen Generations

MABO Day June 3rd


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