Reconciliation Week resources

Flora Michti
17th May 2019
Reconciliation Week, Australia, teaching resources, primary, secondary, whole school

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.

Australian Assimilation and the Stolen Generation

The background of British colonization, race theories, racial classifications, the Assimilation Policy, the Stolen Generation and white immigration policy.

- Contains a detailed source booklet
By Samantha McMurdie

Reconciliation Timeline Activity

Ready for National Reconciliation Week 2016!

This worksheet (2 parts) will fit in with your other Reconciliation week activities.

Both tables include dates and some of the key events in the history of reconciliation before and after the 1967 Referendum. Students research the events via the internet, textbook or use their knowledge from other Reconciliation week activities to explain their significance in the space provided.

Extension: There is room for students to include 2 other key events they find in their research.
By Kittyrigues

Moving towards Reconciliation

Ready for National Reconciliation Week 2016!

This worksheet will help highlight to students certain individuals who have helped progress Australia towards reconciliation over the decades.

Create a list of individuals you would like students to focus on as per your other Reconciliation week activities and have students research and fill in the worksheet.

Some prominent Indigenous Australians students could research include:
- William Cooper
- Charlie Perkins
- Neville Thomas Bonner
- Patricia O’Shane
- Eddie Mabo
- Elder Vincent Lingiari
- Molly Craig
By Kittyrigues

Protest by Aboriginals worksheet

This worksheet is designed for students to gin an understanding of significant protests by Aboriginal people in the 1960s and 1970s. It utilises a number of YouTube clips and websites so that students are subtly directed to particular information. It allows students to select some activities, but for others there are compulsory activities. It can be used for students of mixed abilities and can be adapted for students who have learning support needs- in that the teacher may narrow down the number of activities a particular student has to complete.
By SherrylBremner

Mabo & Indigenous Land Rights Resource Bundle

Who was Eddie Mabo? And what did he have to do with the land rights of Australia's indigenous population?

Use the Mabo & Indigenous Land Rights Resource Bundle to answer these questions and engage your students in a study of the experiences of democracy of Aboriginal people after Federation, and the contribution that Eddie Mabo made to Australia and its history.

Australian Curriculum Links: ACHASSK135, ACHASSK137

This resource is delivered as a 14 page PDF in A4 size.

So, what's included?

✓ Dozens of ideas to introduce the topic, dig a little deeper and get creative with it!

✓ Engaging 700-word article entitled It's Mabo, It's Justice targeted at a 11-13 year old audience.

✓Indigenous Rights Glossary worksheet for students to add to during their topic study.

✓ Understanding 'It's Mabo, It's Justice' worksheet assesses comprehension of the text.

✓ Mabo: Who, What, Where, When, Why, How? worksheet asks students to consider questions from all angles and select one for deeper study.

✓ Government Policies: Indigenous Rights worksheet.

✓ Cartoon Analysis activity on the subject of terra nullius.

✓ Australian Flag Redesign activity

Purchase Issue 22 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag:
By HistoriCool

The Aboriginal Experience - Six Thinking Hats

These group activities encourage students to use a range of critical thinking skills to explore experiences of Aboriginal people.
By marinalaing

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