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Teachers resources

The National Museum of Australia hosts Collaborating for Indigenous Rights as part of its ongoing commitment to providing teachers with engaging resources on Australian social history. The Museum also develops supplementary material on some of the topics in the site.

The Museum has produced two inquiry-learning units of work to help students interrogate and make sense of the wealth of primary source material that can be found on the Collaborating for Indigenous Rights website. Both units have a strong investigative focus:

  • the first looks specifically at the 1967 Referendum and asks students to explore its significance
  • the second explores the changing nature of Indigenous rights and freedoms during the period 1957-1975.

Both units can be downloaded by following the links below.

1967 Referendum unit of work

Title: The 1967 Referendum: Will you put it in the Australian 'Human Rights Hall of Fame'?
Topics: History, Civics and Citizenship, Society and Environment, Indigenous Studies, English, Media Studies
Years: 8-12
Media: PDF downloads + complementary interactive

Go to 1967 Referendum unit of work

Changing Indigenous Rights and Freedoms unit of work

Title: Investigating the Changing Rights and Freedoms of Indigenous Australians, 1957-1975
Topics: History, Civics and Citizenship, Society and Environment, Indigenous Studies, English, Media Studies
Years: 8-12
Media: PDF downloads

Go to Changing Rights and Freedoms unit of work