Essential Question

How do First Nations Peoples connect sustainably with the environment, demonstrating custodial responsibility for Country?

Warning — First Nations teachers and students are advised that this curriculum resource may contain images, voices or names of deceased people.

Unit details

Y4 HASS, Music & Visual Arts
Lesson Time: 40 minutes
Lessons: 15
Duration: 5 weeks

Australian Curriculum
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross-curriculum priority.

Unit overview

This unit explores the reciprocal relationship that First Nations Peoples have with Country, underpinning custodial responsibility to care for Country. Through exploration of ancient cultural landscapes, seasonal calendars, Indigenous Protected Areas, land management practices and songlines, students gain an understanding of how First Nations Peoples use cultural, social and spiritual knowledges to live sustainably on Country, maintain cultural connectedness and address current and future environmental challenges to ensure a sustainable future.

While this resource has been created so it can be taught in a linear fashion, feel free to start small. You may prefer to select a single activity that connects to what you’re teaching or about to teach. Even small actions can make a big difference. Please keep in mind, you don’t need to be an expert on this topic – we often learn alongside our students.

Australians Together resources are created in collaboration with First Nations cultural advisers.