Lesson plans and activity ideas to celebrate and explore Australia’s indigenous history in Reconciliation Week
National Reconciliation Week, which celebrates and builds on the relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians, is held annually between 27 May and 3 June.
These dates hold huge significance in the nation’s reconciliation journey, marking both the 1967 referendum and the historic Mabo decision in 1992.
To help you to support students as they explore the progress made towards reconciliation, as well as the challenges that still remain, we've brought together this top collection of lesson plans and activities.
Exploring the background
Kick-start learning by investigating the country’s history with this detailed presentation and source booklet, covering everything from British colonisation to the Stolen Generations.
Learners can demonstrate their understanding in this timeline activity, which sees them identifying the significance of the key events before and after the 1967 referendum. Alternatively, encourage them to find out more about one or more of the individuals who helped Australia to progress towards reconciliation with this simple research task.
Analysing the experience
Help students gain an understanding of three significant protests by Aboriginal people using this activity grid, with links to relevant videos and websites. Or, delve into the life and times of Eddie Mabo and his fight for indigenous land rights using this comprehensive resource pack.
With the facts in place, pupils can use their critical thinking skills to consider the experiences of Aboriginal people in this investigative task, culminating in a group presentation.
Understanding the challenges
Ideal for promoting student interaction and critical thinking, the following well-structured lessons encourage learners to consider some of the ongoing issues in the journey towards equality. It's always useful to start by examining the Aboriginal peoples' involvement in politics with this fully-resourced lesson. From there, pupils can go on to explore other major public issues, such as the health gap and racism in sport.