The following resources have been collated to assist academics with including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges and perspectives within the Australian Catholic University curriculum.
These resources can support staff to ‘embed Indigenous content’ and secondly, to showcase resources and perspectives which have been developed ‘from an Indigenous perspective’ or viewpoint. These materials highlight examples on how Indigenous perspectives are being included within curricula. It also includes culturally appropriate supporting materials which can complement the embedding of First Peoples knowledges within the ACU curriculum.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures priority provides opportunities for all students to deepen their knowledge of Australia by engaging with the world’s oldest continuous living cultures. Through the Australian Curriculum, students will understand that contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are strong, resilient, rich and diverse. (ACARA 2014).
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures priority uses a conceptual framework to provide a context for learning. The framework comprises the underlying elements of Identity and Living Communities and the key concepts of Country/Place, Culture and People. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identities are represented as central to the priority and are approached through knowledge and understanding of the interconnected elements of Country/Place, Culture and People. The development of knowledge about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ law, languages, dialects and literacies is approached through the exploration of Cultures. These relationships are linked to the deep knowledge traditions and holistic world views of Aboriginal communities and/or Torres Strait Islander communities. (ACARA 2014).
Students will understand that Identities and Cultures have been, and are, a source of strength and resilience for Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islander Peoples against the historic and contemporary impacts of colonisation.
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