"National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year (Sunday to Sunday), to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth.
You can support and get to know your local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities through activities and events held across the country."
If you were wondering about where to find good quality educational resources to celebrate NAIDOC Week and incorporate Aboriginal perspectives into your homeschool, wonder no more - here are five fabulous resources to kick start your exploration of the first people of Australia:
1. SBS Learn
SBS is the official NAIDOC Week partner, providing free educational resources structured around the 2022 theme of ‘Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!’.
Plentiful resource links and suggestions;
Clips for classroom viewing;
Quality, robust structures for exploring Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander perspectives year round.
2. Wingaru Kids
Providing authentic Aboriginal education in an accessible and engaging format, Wingaru is a fabulous resource. The HEA is proud to partner with Wingaru, and subsidises this subscription to make it as accessible as possible.
"The flexibility for parent educators to dive deeper into Aboriginal perspectives allows families to explore beyond the tokenistic cultural expression they may have experienced at school. However, the barrier many families face is knowing where to find the information and experiences they need to explore Aboriginal content in a culturally appropriate and respectful way while delving deeper than the usual cultural expression. This is where Wingaru Kids can help. We provide curriculum aligned resources that have been created by Aboriginal people so you can be confident that your child is learning appropriate and authentic content. Our resources look at a wide range of Aboriginal knowledge and support kids as they delve into a fascinating world of culture, science, political history and sustainability practices that may ignite a lifelong respect for the world’s oldest living culture." ~ Lesley Woodhouse
3. Your Mob Learning
Your Mob Learning is now included as a free member benefit for HEA members. Your Mob provides learning resources for older teens, adults and families.
Indigenous Cultural Awareness (three courses) - helps learners develop understanding and appreciation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories.
Indigenous Library - An online collection of Indigenous topics, information and media. Specifically designed for you to take a deeper dive into Indigenous Australia.
Indigenous Calendar - giving you instant access to resources and specfic information on key Indigenous dates.
Your Mob Learning - Free with HEA Membership!
4. Story Box Library
Story Box Library is also included as a free member benefit for HEA members. It's an online resource which presents picture books read aloud by significant people from our community. It comes complete with teacher resources to help you extend the learning opportunities, and to link to curriculum outcomes making reporting or record keeping super easy. You can search for particular books, or by collection.
There are now 41 books included in the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander collection.
Story Box Library - free with HEA membership!
5. Cool Australia
Coolaustralia.org has a fabulous collection of resources to equip you to champion change and celebrate those who have already been change agents. Including video clips, and collections arranged by student age/stage, this is well worth a look.
If you have other free resources suitable for NAIDOC, please let us know! firstname.lastname@example.org