The map of Indigenous Australia – below, provides an indication of the cultural diversity of Australia’s First Peoples, which is now a focus of the Australian Curriculum through the Cross-curriculum Priority Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures (opens in new window).
AIATSIS website (opens in a new window)
Reconciliation Australia’s Share our Pride website (opens in a new window) includes a range of resources to develop teachers’ awareness of cultural diversity. The Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their Culture (opens in a new window) describes the non-static nature of culture and states, ‘It is important for all Australians to understand the essential features of Indigenous culture, including their [Indigenous peoples'] special connection to the land and commitment to family and community.’
Genuine relationships and partnerships based on intercultural understanding and mutual respect between teachers, students, parents, schools and communities provide greater opportunities to improve the education outcomes of all students. This concept is reinforced through the Australian Curriculum General Capability – Intercultural Understanding. (opens in a new window) Links to relevant general capabilities are included in PrimaryConnections curriculum resources and are identified by the icon