RESPECT is fundamental to our reconciliation pathways and is a key factor to developing positive relationships and opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. We will ensure that we build awareness, understanding and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and peoples by embracing the histories, knowledge and lessons they share.

Welcome to Country/ Acknowledgement to Country

Acronyms and respectful Languages

Guidelines around using respectful and inclusive language and terminology refer to: https://www.narragunnawali.org.au/terminology-guide

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Map


We acknowledge AIATSIS for the use of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Language maps

Aboriginal Flag

AIATSIS The map is an attempt to represent the language, tribal or nation groups of the Aboriginal peoples of Australia. Aboriginal groups were included on the map based on the published resources available between 1988 and 1994 which determine the cultural, language and trade boundaries and relationships between groups.

The Aboriginal flag was designed by Harold Thomas. It was created as a symbol of unity and na­tional identity for Aboriginal people during the lands rights movement of the early 1970’s.
The symbolic meaning of the flag colours ( as stated by Harold Thomas) are:

  • Black -represents the Aboriginal people of Australia
  • Red -represents the red earth, the red ochre and a spiritual relation to the land
  • Yellow-represents the sun, the giver of life and protec­tor.

The flag was first flown at Victoria Square in Adelaide on National Aborigines Day, 12 July 1971. After a period of public consultation, in July 1955 the Aboriginal flag was proclaimed a ‘Flag of Australia’ under the Flags Act 1953

Torres Strait Islander Flag

The Torres Strait Islander flag has three horizontal panels, with green at the top and bottom and blue in between. These panels are divided by thin black lines. A white Dhari (traditional head­dress) sits in the centre, with a five point star beneath it. The meanings of the colours in the flag are:

  • Green -represents land,
  • Black-represents the Indig­enous people,
  • Blue -represents the sea and
  • White -represents peace.

The Dhari represents Torres Strait Islander people and the five-pointed star represents the five island groups within the Torres Strait. The star is also the symbol for seafaring people as it is used in navigation.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags RAP Action
https://www.narragunnawali.org.au/rap/actions/14/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-flags

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags Fact Sheet
https://www.reconciliation.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/qa_flags_pdf.pdf

Calendar of events of significance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and for reconciliation in Australia

Cultural awareness & culturally safe practices - Waterhole Ceremony (First Nations Peoples history)

The Waterhole Ceremony is an immersive, participatory experience in which you will walk through pre-contact, colonization, resistance and ongoing impacts to build understanding of our shared history as First Nations and non-First Nations peoples in Australia developed in partnership with Kairos Canada (www.kairoscanada.org).

Contact Thelma Parker – thelma.parker@youthplus.edu.au

Cultural Competence for Staff and Cultural Competence for Students and Children RAP Action
https://www.narragunnawali.org.au/rap/actions/21/cultural-competence-for-staff
https://www.narragunnawali.org.au/rap/actions/31/cultural-competence-for-students-and-children

The Local Sites, Events and Excursions
https://www.narragunnawali.org.au/rap/actions/19/local-sites-events-and-excursions

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identities / Languages

Red Earth
The Mission of Red Earth is “To drive reconciliation by providing Traditional Owners in Australia the means to welcome and open the hearts of young Australians to their country, culture and way of life.”
http://www.reo.net.au/

Identity forms
Confirmation of Identity form
Confirmation of Identity and Citizenship
https://aiatsis.gov.au/research/finding-your-family/before-you-start/proof-aboriginality

Student forms – Tax File Number
www.ato.gov.au/general/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-people/tax-for-individuals/how-to-get-a-tax-file-number-(tfn)/

USI number to enrol in study and training
www.usi.gov.au

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages RAP Action
https://www.narragunnawali.org.au/rap/actions/39/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-languages

The Who We Are film series
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scPVu7BASeA&list=PLgcd36PB7wC2ksoXzBkFT4VkF9GhzUzXg

Languages and Civics and Citizenship Resource Guides
https://www.narragunnawali.org.au/uploads/media/professional-learning/languages-resource-guide-444417e170.pdf
https://www.narragunnawali.org.au/uploads/media/professional-learning/civics-and-citizenship-resource-guide-34ed357e42.pdf

Dare to Lead Checklist
www.yooyahcloud.com/DTL/rtTac/School_Review_Checklist.pdf

Owning language: copyright, ethics and the development of Aboriginal language programs
www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/resources/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-histories-and-cultures/illustrations-of-practice/expressing-culture-and-learning-through-narrative

Teaching Aboriginal languages: case studies
ab-ed.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/files/aborlang_casestudies.pdf

Across Australia from Teacher to Teacher: Traditional Aboriginal Language Program
search.informit.com.au/fullText;dn=738406999139567;res=IELHSS

Understanding Indigenous Cultural Protocols

Yarning Circle the yarning circle (or dialogue circle) is an important process within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. It has been used to learn from a collective group, build respectful relationships, and to preserve and pass on cultural knowledge.

Protocols for  a Yarning Circle
https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/k-12-policies/aboriginal-torres-strait-islander-perspectives/support-materials/yarning-circles

Torres Strait Islander Protocols
www.tsra.gov.au
www.tsra.gov.au/the-torres-strait/visiting-protocols

Cultural Competence for Staff and Cultural Competence for Students and Children RAP Action
https://www.narragunnawali.org.au/rap/actions/21/cultural-competence-for-staff
https://www.narragunnawali.org.au/rap/actions/31/cultural-competence-for-students-and-children

Narragunnawali professional learning activity
https://www.narragunnawali.org.au/professional-learning/16/reconciliation-yarning-circle

Embedding Indigenous perspectives/curriculum - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of learning

Qld Curriculum and Assessment Authority
https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/k-12-policies/aboriginal-torres-strait-islander-perspectives

 Queensland University of Technology
www.qut.edu.au/about/oodgeroo/embedding-indigenous-knowledges-in-curriculum/frameworks-and-ways-of-knowing

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
www.aiatsis.gov.au

Youthplus RTO
www.youthplusrto.org.au

Indigenous Literacy Foundation
https://www.indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au/

Reconciliation Australia
https://www.narragunnawali.org.au/about/news/42/reconciliation-resource-review-subject-guides

YuMi Deadly Maths
http://ydc.qut.edu.au/
https://www.narragunnawali.org.au/uploads/media/professional-learning/mathematics-resource-guide-d0d5280776.pdf

Curriculum Planning and Embed Cross-curriculum Priority RAP Action
https://www.narragunnawali.org.au/rap/actions/18/curriculum-planning
https://www.narragunnawali.org.au/rap/actions/17/embed-cross-curriculum-priority-school-specific

Subject-specific Resources Guides
https://www.narragunnawali.org.au/about/news/42/reconciliation-resource-review-subject-guides

ACARA
https://www.acara.edu.au/contact-us/search-results?indexCatalogue=acarasearch&searchQuery=indigenous+education&wordsMode=0

ACARA contact – Caty Morris
caty.morris@acara.edu.au

Holistic framework – Dr Ernie Grant
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=dr+ernie+grant&&view=detail&mid=7BB3C1C1E92E3996818B7BB3C1C1E92E3996818B&&FORM=VRDGAR

Preparing Secondary Students for Work
http://www.pssfw.myskills.gov.au/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-secondary-students-illustrations-of-good-practice/

Common Ground – resources to help with Embedding
https://www.commonground.org.au/

If schools are looking at STEM / STEAM then they could look at designing a similar concept as Indigital storytelling
https://www.indigital.net.au/

Dandiiri Schools and Community Library – they lend materials to any education sector across the State and will send resources out to schools free
http://indigenous.education.qld.gov.au/library/Pages/default.aspx

Expressing culture and learning through narrative
https://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/resources/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-histories-and-cultures/illustrations-of-practice/expressing-culture-and-learning-through-narrative/

English 2019 – General Senior Syllabus – this syllabus is for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019
https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/downloads/portal/syllabuses/snr_english_19_syll.pdf

This link provides the prescribed text lists for 2019–2021 for the English General Senior Syllabus 2019
https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/downloads/portal/snr_english_eal_prescribed_texts_list_2019-21.pdf

All of the other syllabuses for the new system can be found on the link below:
https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/senior/new-snr-assessment-te

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