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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures illustrations of practice

Introduction

These illustrations of practice offer rich contexts and ways for embedding the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross-curriculum priority in and across the learning areas of the Australian Curriculum for Years F-10.

They demonstrate innovative content and delivery of the 3D nature of the Australian Curriculum and represent a diversity of school communities across Australia. These schools range from those with very few Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to those with 100% Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander enrolment, reinforcing that the CCP is for all students in all schools.

Inclusion of the priority enriches the curriculum and provides opportunities for students to learn about and value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and knowledge. These illustrations recognise the unique and significant place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia – in the past, in the present, and into the future. They show how educators can develop their students’ identities where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and knowledge are a part of every Australian student’s identity; in doing so, a sense of nationhood can be built and Australia’s unique identity in the global community is enhanced.

Professor Mark Rose explains the significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures in the curriculum