Environmental and Cultural Values – Jajoo Warrngara – The Culture Classroom


Students will conduct research and report on the World Heritage listed Willandra Lakes and the cultural and environmental significance this Country holds for the Barkandji, Mutthi Mutthi and Ngiyampaa peoples. In doing so, students will understand the stakeholder roles and responsibilities UNESCO and the Traditional Custodians play in protecting the cultural and environmental values of Willandra Lakes. As a result of this learning, students will understand the behaviours and protocols required to protect the cultural heritage of First Nations cultures.


At the heart of Jajoo Warrngara are the communities that lead the work on Country. We would like to acknowledge the Three Traditional Tribal Groups and the Cultural Facilitators Leanne Mitchell, Ivan Johnston, Daryl Pappin, Lottie Williams, Junette Mitchell, Mary Pappin, Joan Slade and Ernest Mitchell of the Lake Mungo region including the Barkandji, Mutthi Mutthi and Ngiyampaa peoples who proudly shared their cultural knowledges, and pay our respects to the Elders past and present. Thank you also to the young people from Mildura Primary School for their creativity and artwork, so this story can be shared in classrooms across the nation.

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Many of these resources and activities have been developed in consultation with NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) to ensure that the program meets NSW curriculum outcomes for Stages 3, 4 & 5.