Indigenous Australia represents the cultural diversity of Australia’s First Peoples, which is a focus of the Australian Curriculum through the Cross-curriculum Priority Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures.
The Primary Connections Indigenous Perspectives Framework acknowledges the diversity of Indigenous Australia by providing links throughout our units to relevant opportunities to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures. These opportunities are identified in the resources with the icon.
Reconciliation Australia’s Share our Pride website. includes a range of resources to develop teachers’ awareness of cultural diversity. The Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their Culture 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. Links to relevant general capabilities are included in Primary Connections curriculum resources and are identified by the icon.