More to discover, more to learn

Check out these websites to find out more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories, issues and events.

Caring for Country 

Excerpt from Dark Emu

This article contains an excerpt from the beginning of Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu. Pascoe’s award-winning book provides compelling evidence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land management systems pre-colonization. 

Wattleridge Fire and Seasons Calendar

A calendar developed by the Banbai nation people at Wattleridge Indigenous Protected Area in northern New South Wales. The Indigenous-knowledge informed calendar presents annual seasonal changes as well as indications of the right, and wrong, time to burn. 

Astronomy and Physics in Torres Strait Islander laws

The concept of terra nullius was challenged by Eddie Mabo, a Torres Strait Islander activist, who used astronomical knowledge of the Torres Strait Islander peoples to provide tangible evidence of their firm connection to their Land. 

Bardi Jawi Rangers

A video education resource about the Bardi Jawi Rangers looking after their Country on the Dampier Penninsula in the West Kimberley. 

Yanama budyari gumada

Uncle Lex talks about a research collective named ‘Yanama budyari gumada’, which means to ‘walk with good spirit’ in Darug language. The research collective is about involving Darug custodians, students and researchers in caring as Country practices. 

Connection to Country (Primary)

Resources to support an incursion or excursion, for students learn about the historical and cultural significance of the Country on which their school is situated, and about other culturally significant sites in their local area.

Connection to Country (Secondary)

Resources to support an incursion or excursion, for students learn about the historical and cultural significance of the Country on which their school is situated, and about other culturally significant sites in their local area. Dreaming About Country An ABC Open Lesson plan for secondary students in visual arts.

AECG Connecting to Country program

Find out about Connecting to Country an Aboriginal cultural awareness programme for teachers. Learn how to best engage directly with Aboriginal Australians at the local community level.

Connection to Country Documentary (SBS On Demand)

Tyson Mowarin’s documentary examines what connection to Country means to the Aboriginal Elders fighting to preserve the ancient rock art sites in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, from the mining industry boom.  

Damages to Rock Art Sites from Bushfires

An important 500 year old rock art site in Northern NSW has been found to be irreversibly damaged from the bushfires. Anaiwan community members are keen to continue cultural practices to protect their Land from future devastating fires.

Race Relations

Adam Goodes Story – ABC Education

Learn about Adam Goodes’s story through these five videos with an overview of each video, questions, and teacher’s resource.

Freedom Rides – SBS Documentary 

This documentary is about Charles Perkins and university students journey on confronting racial segregation and discrimination.

Racial Segregation at Moree Swimming Pools

This article goes into depth about one of the major events which exposed intentional discriminatory practices, involving the Freedom Rides.

Our Voices Our Future

Languages Map Activity (primary)

This activity utilises a range of map representations to engage students in thinking about the languages of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Marrin Gamu

Marrin Gamu is a song and educational resource that has been created to introduce Australians to the diversity and beauty of Australia’s hundreds of first languages.There are two ways for students to participate in Marrin Gamu, either as part of an existing Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island language program, or as a mainstream classroom activity.

Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices)  securing our rights, securing our future 

Meet ambassadors, Dr Anita Heiss and Magnolia Maymuru as they share their stories of strength and resilience as well as what makes them they feel empowered.


Brings you diverse and vibrant Aboriginal arts and culture from across Australia and the best from Indigenous radio broadcasters around the world.

Sharing our Stories

Awaye! presents six Aboriginal dreaming stories.  These stories are told to children to teach them about their ancestors, the spirit world and their place in that world.

Dust Echoes

Dust Echoes is a series of twelve beautifully animated Dreamtime stories from Central Arnhem Land, telling stories of love, loyalty, duty to country and Aboriginal custom and law.

Aboriginal Indigenous Language Database

Find out the local languages in your area.

Bangara Dancers

Listen to Bangara dancers tell their stories

Mother Tongue

Sharing Australia’s First Languages; Over 80 short films in language. From Open ABC.

Wiradjuri High School

Keeping Indigenous languages Alive – The Feed

Word Up

Sharing the diverse languages of black Australia from Anmatyerre to Arrernte, from Bidjara to Bundjalung, from Nyungar to Ngaanyatjarra, from Yankunytjatjara to Yorta Yorta—one word at a time.

Links to articles for use in writing and media portfolio activities.

Creative Spirits

A concise list of Aboriginal artists, musicians, writers and more.

Indigenous Law Centre Featured Artists

The Indigenous Law Centre is based at the University of New South Wales. This webpage showcases a wide range of colorful contemporary Aboriginal art, with information about the work and artists.

Reawakening our local Language: Dunghutti lessons at Amaroo

Getting Indigenous Voices into the classroom

Guardian Article:Dark Emu the dance show: a chance to ‘look at Australia with fresh eyes’: 

Prime 7 News: Catwalk Queen; A Moree-born, Tamworth-based Aboriginal fashion designer, Colleen Tighe Johnson, is making a name for herself on the international stage.

ABC News: Living with the locals: Six extraordinary first contact stories of friendship and survival

Aboriginal Nations

The Aboriginal Language Map attempts to represent all of the language or tribal or nation groups of Indigenous people of Australia.

NSW Local Government

Connect with your Local Council and find out what information they have about local Aboriginal heritage, events and groups

NSW Aboriginal Land Councils

There are 120 Local Aboriginal Land Councils in NSW divided into nine regions. Find your local Aboriginal Land Council.

Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group

Contact your local NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group representatives and get advice on connecting with the local Aboriginal communities.



Professional learning on Reconcilation

Use Narragunnawali’s professional learning resources to build staff awareness and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures, and contributions. The activities suggested in the resources are designed to be teacher-led and can be used individually, in small groups or during staff meetings.

Respect, Relationships, Reconciliation

Training modules to develop teacher confidence, knowledge and culturally appropriate skills in delivering programs about Indigenous cultures, histories and contemporary contexts.  

Develop a Reconciliation Action Plan for your school

A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is a formal statement of commitment to reconciliation. A school can develop a RAP to register existing initiatives or to begin a new journey. 

Local Reconciliation Groups

NSW has 24 local reconciliation groups. These are volunteers who work together to create opportunities and events to promote reconciliation in their community. 


BOSTES Indigenous Australian Timeline

The timeline traces the history of citizenship and rights for indigenous people in Australia from pre-1770 to 1997.

Indigenous Rights Movement

A timeline that summarises the Indigenous rights movement from 1901 to 2010.

NMA Indigenous Rights

The National Museum of Australia’s overview of the land and human rights struggles of Indigenous Australians.

SBS First Australians

This series chronicles the birth of a country and the collision of two worlds.


The Australian Museum

This site gives a comprehensive introduction to the diversity of Indigenous Australia.

The Little Red Yellow Black Book

This website provides an entry-point to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history, written from an Indigenous perspective. The website contains mini essays, teaching notes and other resources.

Rediscovering Indigenous Languages

This incredible interactive website enables students to access wordlist and other resources in the Aboriginal language of their chosen area.

Koori Mail

The fortnightly Indigenous national paper.

Other resources

Face the Facts

Succinct questions and helpful answers on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their rights and issues.

Human Rights Commission for Teachers

A collection of resources that covers topics including Australian history, racism, rights and the Stolen Generation.

My Place for Teachers

Classroom activities and videos that on Indigenous characters, and historical events linked to Indigenous affairs, government policy and public attitudes.

Eight ways of Learning

A free resource to assist your school to implement Aboriginal pedagogies.


A fantastic resource providing histories of people, places and events in the City of Sydney local government area that are associated with the histories of Sydney’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.


Teachers Click Here

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.