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Encounters. Indigenous contact and culture: a classroom resource

Caution: This website includes images and names of deceased people that may cause distress to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


For teachers

Welcome. This resource for teachers of students in years 4–10 includes ideas for guided and individual learning. Use the suggested activities included in each community story or create your own lesson plan based on the images and videos.

Curriculum links

Activities aligned o the Australian Curriculum general capabilities and the Australian Curriculum: History, listed by year and learning area.

Interactive map

A visual introduction to the 27 communities featured in the resource and an excellent tool to help students develop geographical and historical context.

Digital timeline

An interactive timeline locating the stories in this resource in their historical context. Ideal for use on interactive whiteboards in the classroom or for individual exploration on screens.

Community stories

Each community story is introduced with images of local people, places and historic and contemporary objects. Images are complemented by entry-level mix and match online activities and more challenging online quizzes.

Video stories encourage students to respond to compelling first person stories from elders and cultural knowledge holders. Students can also develop critical and creative thinking skills with other activities based on primary sources, designed to extend intercultural and ethical understanding.

Note: If you have difficulty playing videos, we have a solution. Email feedback@nma.gov.au and we will be in touch.