Read the article ‘AC Classroom: Acknowledging our country’s traditional owners’ and answer the following questions. Then share your answers in pairs, small groups or in a classroom discussion.
1. Why is ‘Acknowledgment of Country’ important to Australians’ relationship with First Nations People?
2. The chairperson of NATSICC John Lochowiak says, ’The more you learn about people and culture, the more you find out what we have in common’. Write about a time you experienced this in your own life.
3. Lochowiak says that bad things have happened to First Nations People, but he believes we also need to acknowledge the good. Why do we need to acknowledge the bad and good things that have happened in our history and in our personal lives? Why can’t we ignore the bad and focus on the good? Why can’t we just focus on the bad?
4. Why could faith be a powerful tool for overcoming obstacles First Nations People face? How can faith bring a community together?
5. What do you think Australia’s First Nations People can teach us about caring for the environment? How could this help us face climate change?
1. Acknowledgment of Country Day: Host an ‘Acknowledgment of Country Day’ at your school. Students can prepare presentations using art, written reports, or multi-media presentations honouring the First Nations People of your community.
2. Who are your community’s First Nations People: Invite the First Nations People of your community to your school to teach students about First Nations People’s traditions, sacred sites, language and history.
For younger students
First Nations People and the environment: Think about what First Nations People’s respect for the land could teach us about caring for the environment.
Then create a poster showing how the First Nations People’s teachings and respect for the land can teach us how to care for the environment.
When you’re finished, your teacher can hang your posters in the hallway to inspire your fellow students to respect the planet more.