This three part webinar series is designed for educators to deepen their knowledge and competence in teaching First Nations perspectives in our shared history, particularly Frontier Wars history. Delivered by Culture is Life’s Aboriginal educators and guest speakers the series will explore themes of History & Truth Telling, Teachers Responsibility & Students Rights, Teaching Oral History, Storytelling & Archival History.

The content is best suited to secondary teachers of Social Sciences and Humanities Subjects, although we hope all teachers across all learning areas will benefit from these conversations both personally and professionally.

Teachers can register free of charge for the entire series or individual sessions.

Attendees can expect to participate in some exercises designed for teachers to reflect and strengthen their own personal and professional development, including examples from The Australian Wars Curriculum.

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Part 1: Recognition

Thursday 8th June 4:30pm AEST | 4:30 – 5:30pm AEST

In recognising our shared history as a nation, this webinar unpacks how First Nations knowledge and perspectives can enhance students’ learning and understanding across a variety of key learning areas in the Australian Curriculum. We discuss the need for truth telling in education and our collective responsibility to teach parts of our history that have typically not been taught in the Australian education system, in particular the Frontier Wars history.

Rachel Perkins will share her vision and research process behind The Australian Wars series and recognise the need for more First Nations historians and educators. Teachers will reflect on the need and ways to create safe learning environments, listening to young people’s perspectives from the #HealOurHistory campaign, and participate in a classroom activity example from The Australian Wars Resources.

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Part 2: Resistance

Wednesday 21st June 2023 | 4:30-5:30pm AEST

In understanding the fierce resistance Aboriginal people led to protect their lands and people, this webinar unpacks some of the Frontier War stories told in the series, and the evidence of resistance as the frontier violence spread across the entire continent. Attendees will reflect on discussion and inquiry questions aimed to increase students’ knowledge of this history from The Australian Wars Resources.

Our guest speaker shares his lived experience as a non-Indigenous educator and unpacks the systemic impacts of how our history has been taught and educators historic resistance of teaching First Nations cultures and histories, whilst highlighting the momentum and change happening today.

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Part 3: Remembrance

Thursday 27th July 2023 | 4:30-5:30pm AEST

In the final webinar of the series, we discuss how schools can acknowledge the events that led to the colinisation of this country and its current impacts, whilst honouring First Nations warriors and heroes rarely told.

Hear from guest speakers and historian about the importance of teaching both oral and archival history and how you can deepen your knowledge and connection to your school’s local history, drawing on initiatives shared in the newly released ‘Local History Schools Guide’.

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