Educators often struggle with where to start when bringing First Nations stories, histories and cultures into schools. Through self-reflection, first-hand accounts and an understanding approach, we help teachers rethink how First Nations perspectives are taught and give them the confidence they need to get started.

4 hours

Building Confidence Workshop

Session 1: Let's start with culture

1 hour

In Session 1, your group is introduced to our 5 Key Ideas – a framework that helps teachers totally rethink how they embed First Nations perspectives and their relationship with their own cultures. They’ll also take part in an activity that helps non-Indigenous people better understand First Nations perspectives in a manner that profoundly affects those who engage. 

This session includes: 

  • two videos
  • Chapter 1: Our Cultures 
  • Chapter 2: Culture and Identity Activity and its Impact 
  • the Culture and Identity Activity 
  • one group discussion question.
Session 2: Understanding Our History

1 hour 

Slavery, wage theft, segregation all occurred after colonisation. In this eye-opening session, your group is asked to examine the worldview of British colonists to try to understand their motives and see how their beliefs led to policies and practices that had devastating effects. They’ll then hear first-hand how these policies caused widespread intergenerational trauma. It’s a challenging, nuanced and important session. 

This session includes:  

  • two videos 
  • Chapter 3: A shared history and different worldviews 
  • Chapter 4: The Wound and ongoing impact of Our History  
  • two group discussion questions. 
Session 3: Our nation's ongoing wound and what it’s got to do with me

1 hour 

‘The Wound’ can be a difficult topic to discuss, but here we examine it without guilt, shame or preconceived notions. Through a range of stories from First Nations people, your group will see how this wound still has an impact to this day. But there is hope, and in this session they’ll see how we can all begin to move forward towards a brighter future. 

This session includes: 

  • two videos 
  • Chapter 5: The Wound  
  • Chapter 6: Why Me? 
  • three group discussion questions. 
Session 4: Making a difference with My Response

1 hour

In the last session your group will be asked to consider ways they can make a difference. They’ll see how teachers are bringing First Nations perspectives and our 5 Key Ideas into the classroom, as well as the impact these changes are having on students across Australia. Finally, they’ll be introduced to our curriculum resources through an activity designed to help bring the confidence, knowledge and thinking gained throughout the workshop to their work. This session concludes by highlighting that together we can make a brighter future for all. 

This session includes: 

  • two videos 
  • Chapter 7: Start small; start somewhere 
  • Chapter 8: Teaching to inspire the next generation  
  • two group discussion questions 
  • one group activity.
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The workshop is designed into 4 one-hour sessions allowing flexible delivery options for your group. You can decide whether to carry it out over a full day or split across a term and deliver in four short sessions. This course explores our 5 Key Ideas Our Cultures, Our History, The Wound, My Response and Why Me? 

Teachers analyse colonisers’ worldviews and hear first-hand about discriminatory practices like wage theft, and witness the power they have to make positive change in the classroom. Many people find it an eye-opening and transformative experience, and we believe it’s a great way to set teachers up for success in the classroom. 

Your teachers will benefit from this workshop because it: 

  • is built around first-hand accounts from First Nations people 
  • has a flexible structure so learning can be split up to suit your groups schedule, including options to deliver as a full-day workshop, over the course of four one-hour sessions, or via eight smaller chapters 
  • introduces our Learning Framework 
  • includes a facilitator guide and workbook 
  • is interactive, engaging and hands-on
  • provides professional learning hours for teachers 
  • provides a personalised certificate on completion.

Looking for a workshop to help build confidence as an individual?  Our Building Confidence Course is what you're looking for. Access here 

Note: Completing Building Confidence Workshop will contribute to 4 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)  Accredited PD in the priority area of  Aboriginal education and supporting Aboriginal students/children addressing Standard Descriptor 2.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

"Great session. Really important to have a whole-school approach. Presenters spoke freely and were really engaging."

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These courses are designed to provide individuals with a flexible way to learn. They’re ideal for busy teachers who want to fit professional learning in and around their work.

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Building Confidence Course

$49 incl GST
In this 1-hour professional learning video, you’ll learn about ways to approach Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in the classroom by exploring five key ideas.
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