Resources for teaching the Aboriginal focus of the History syllabus K-10. 

Learning guide for NSW teachers – “Owning our History?”


This guide aims to provide insights and materials to assist teachers in addressing what can be suggested as the little known history around first contact; the conflicts that occurred across Australia between those living in Australia and those coming to Australia from the 1770’s; and how the critical issues such as dispossession, marginalization and injustices  cascaded down through time and continue to impact on the lives of Aboriginals today.

It is inspired by the research work of Henry Reynolds, the acclaimed historian and many others working for social justice with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. It further aims to address the nature and impact of these encounters and challenge us to question our frontier history and consider:

  • Were there wars’ between the first Australians and the Colonists?
  • Should we ‘own’ our history and regard the key figures amongst the First Australians who fought to safeguard and preserve their people, land and cultures as heroes?
  • How have the issues such as dispossession, marginalization and injustices impact on the lives of Aboriginals today.

The themes are drawn from relevant content areas identified in the Australian Curriculum, History K-10.

Access the student and teaching guides for 'Owning our history'


Endorsement from Henry Reynolds June 2017

"I am delighted to see the 'Owning our History' team have completed their work on their new and exciting curriculum. I was most impressed when they first discussed the project with me. Impressed by the dedication and seriousness of their approach. Since then they have put in many hours of work to create what is truly a pioneering endeavour which will in the long run reshape the way Australian history is taught."

Acknowledgement of Country

As we gather for our meeting today let us acknowledge the local traditional custodians of this land, ................... for they have performed age-old ceremonies of storytelling, music, dance, celebrations and renewal and along with all Aboriginal people, hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes of Aboriginal Australia.

Let us also acknowledge this living culture and its unique role in the life of Australia today.

Finally, let us acknowledge with honour and respect our Elders past, present and future and pay our respects to those who have, and still do, guide us with their wisdom.

(based on Acknowledgement of Country NSW Dep of Education Learning and Leadership)



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