Anniversary Yirrkala Bark Petitions

The Yirrkala Bark Petitions

On the 14th August 1963, the Yirrkala Bark Petitions were tabled in the Commonwealth House of Representatives. The petitions were written in Yolngu Matha and English. They were a protest against the decision to grant mining leases without consultant. The 1963 barks and those that followed in 1968, 1988 and in 2008, represent an expression … Continue reading Anniversary Yirrkala Bark Petitions

Rembering the Mabo Decision

THE MABO CASE Ever since Captain James Cook‘s declaration of possession in 1770, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have fought against the dispossession of their lands, food sources, waterways, families and homelands. First English, then Australian law justified it’s own existence through the concept of Terra nullius. The application of terra nullius, a latin … Continue reading Rembering the Mabo Decision

Remembering the Mabo Decision – Student Links

Mabo Day is the held each year on the 3rd of June. It remembers the historic Mabo decision in 1992. Use your Remembering the Mabo Decision booklet, learn about this day at the following links: ABC – Schools – Eddie Mabo http://www.abc.net.au/schoolstv/australians/emabo.htm Torres Strait Island Regional Authority (TSRA) – Mabo Day http://www.tsra.gov.au/the-torres-strait/events/mabo-day.aspx About Eddie Mabo … Continue reading Remembering the Mabo Decision – Student Links

"I can’t find an elder to come & speak to my class"

“I can’t find an elder to come & speak to my class” This is a fairly standard question from teachers as we move into the time some schools are thinking about how they will celebrate NAIDOC week. Let’s think about why it might be “difficult” to find a guest speaker and how you might consider … Continue reading "I can’t find an elder to come & speak to my class"

Celebrating Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander culture in the classroom

We have created a different type of worksheet for celebrating in the classroom. We think that no celebration or special day is complete without decorations. These to bunting worksheets (one triangle and one rectangle) give the students an opportunity to create both individually & as a class. There are 2 to choose from so far, with different shapes (triangle … Continue reading Celebrating Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander culture in the classroom