The QCAA has developed a range of materials to support the inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into the school curriculum.
Protocols outline the roles and relationships expected of teachers and students working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and Indigenous knowledges within an educational context.
- Welcome to Country and Acknowledgment of Country (P001, Feb 2008) (PDF, 234 kB)
Explains how to show appropriate respect for traditional custodians of the land at events.
- Sharing knowledge about sacred sites and ceremonies (P002, Feb 2008) (PDF, 219 kB)
Protocols to follow when sharing knowledge about sacred sites and ceremonies.
Guidelines advise teachers on preferred methods for considering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues within schools.
- Countering racism in schools (G005, Feb 2008) (PDF, 249 kB)
Strategies to prevent racism in school settings and ways to educate students on the issue of racism.
- Oral histories (G006, Dec 2007) (PDF, 234 kB)
Covers the stages necessary to complete an oral history project, from preparation through to interview. (Sample interview consent form included).
- Ethical Research in Indigenous Studies (G007, Jun 2007) (PDF, 157 kB)
A guiding framework for teachers and students conducting research with or about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
- Selecting and evaluating resources (G008, Dec 2007) (PDF, 264 kB)
Criteria for choosing appropriate texts about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for classroom use.
- Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander guest speakers (G009, Dec 2007) (PDF, 233 kB)
Describes appropriate protocols, cultural understandings and processes when engaging an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander guest speaker in a variety of settings.
Resources provide a general starting point for teachers in understanding Indigenous knowledges. Resources are developed as requested by teachers. Please email any requests/suggestions to IndigenousPortal@qcaa.qld.edu.au.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Handbook 2010 (PDF, 652 kB) (DOCX, 428 kB)
This handbook was developed to accompany the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Syllabus, it is a helpful guide for schools when embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives across the curriculum.
- Culture and mathematics (PDF, 494 kB)
Supports teachers to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in the mathematics curriculum.
- Dialogue circles (PDF, 60 kB)
Describes the process of using dialogue circles as a teaching and learning strategy to build respectful relationships, learn from a collective group and to preserve and pass on cultural knowledge.
- Years 3-9 Supporting the implementation of Essential Learnings: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives resource (PDF, 156 kB) (DOCX, 251 kB)
Provides sample learning experiences and web-based resources that support embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives across the curriculum.
- Building relationships with local communities (PDF, 66 kB)
Presents a flowchart of how to engage with local community and how to access information on consultation protocols.
- Relationships to country: Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people (Res005, Mar 2008) (PDF, 180 kB)
Describes the diverse relationships that Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people have with the Australian environment.
- The history of Aboriginal land rights in Australia (1800s-1980s) (Res006, Dec 2007) (PDF, 254 kB)
Presents an overview of the land claims and rights of Aboriginal people across Australia from the 1800s–1980s.
- Aboriginal ceremonies (Res010, Feb 2008) (PDF, 226 kB)
Discusses various ceremonial roles and practices, and the importance of The Dreaming in ceremonies.
- Birth ceremonies, totems and rites in Aboriginal society (Res012, Apr 2008) (PDF, 183 kB)
Discusses the diverse ceremonies, rites and totems involved with the birth of a child in some Aboriginal language groups.
- Defining Aboriginal stories (Res014, Feb 2008) (PDF, 225 kB)
Describes the types of stories that exist within Aboriginal culture and the importance of oral traditions and exchange.
- Visual arts and Aboriginal knowledge (Res015, Dec 2007) (PDF, 230 kB)
Explores the ceremonial significance and roles that visual arts practices have within Aboriginal language groups throughout Australia.
Readings have been compiled to make a wide variety of opinions, perspectives and personal contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people easily accessible to teachers. Readings are not official publications of the QCAA — the ideas or sentiments expressed in them are entirely the author's own and may not reflect QCAA views or policy.
- Too obvious to see (Read001, Aug 2007) (PDF, 222 kB)
A paper by Penny Tripcony explaining the basis of Aboriginal spirituality.
- The gift of identity (Read002, Aug 2007) (PDF, 191 kB)
A paper by Jackie Huggins exploring the complexity and multi-layered nature of identity, in particular, an empowering sense of Aboriginality.
- Englishes and literacies (Read003, Aug 2007) (PDF, 191 kB)
A paper by Penny Tripcony exploring the variety of literacies relevant to Indigenous students and their communities and offering some suggestions for educators to work more effectively with these students.
- Assimilation and discrimination (Read004, Aug 2007) (PDF, 118 kB)
Extracts from Charles Duguid's 1963 classic, No Dying Race, detailing particular incidents of racial discrimination during the assimilation period of the 1930s to 60s.
- Palm Island case study (Read005, Dec 2007) (PDF, 128 kB)
An article by journalist Cameron Forbes, about land rights legislation proposed in Queensland under the Bjelke-Petersen government and how this was seen by and relevant to Palm Islanders.
- Wave Hill: A ceremonial return (Read007, Dec 2007) (PDF, 119 kB)
Extracts from the inaugural Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture, delivered by Governor-General Sir William Deane in 1996, on the practical and symbolic importance of the 1966 Wave Hill strike and the subsequent grant of a lease to the local Gurindji people.
- "a" is for apple (Read009, Dec 2007) (PDF, 192 kB)
A paper by Jackie Huggins on the unfair treatment of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people in written texts, including racist terminology and spelling.
- Torres Strait Islander zugubal (constellations) (Read010, Jan 2008) (PDF, 232 kB)
A colourful star map showing key Torres Strait Islander zugubal contrasted with Western constellations.
- Torres Strait Islander seasonal calendar: Introduction (Read011, Jan 2008) (PDF, 152 kB)
This file introduces the calendar, its source, and printing options.
- Torres Strait Islander seasonal calendar: Calendar of events (PDF, 289 kB)
Colourful A4 poster detailing key seasonal changes in seasons, winds, bird migrations, sea animals and plant life.
- Torres Strait Islander seasonal calendar: Calendar of stars (PDF, 203 kB)
Colourful A4 poster detailing key seasonal changes in stars.
- Apology to stolen generations: Questions and answers (Read012, Jan 2008) (PDF, 208 kB)
Information about the Federal Government's proposed apology to the stolen generations. Compiled by Reconciliation Australia.
- Apology to Australia’s Indigenous people (Read015 Feb 2008) (PDF, 201 kB)
Speech presented to Parliament by Kevin Rudd on 13 February 2008. First mooted as an apology to Australia's stolen generations, Hansard recorded it as an apology to Australia's Indigenous peoples. The motion of apology was passed unanimously.
Last reviewed: 1 July 2014