A Shared History

Teaching Aboriginal perspectives in the NSW Human Society & Its Environment K-6 syllabus

Day of mourning 1938, picture in public domain

The Day of Mourning, 1938.
Protest at the sesquicentennial celebrations
of the British colonisation of Australia *

This Internet site is designed to support the teaching of Aboriginal perspectives in the NSW Human Society and Its Environment K-6 syllabus.

The site contains:

A rationale for teaching Aboriginal perspectives.
A set of protocols and guidelines to assist in the implementation of the NSW Department of Education and Training's mandatory policies.
A series of teaching ideas for Stages 1 to 3.
A list of resources.
A list of educationally relevant contacts.
A list of links to Internet sites.
Aboriginal perspectives are designed to:
recognise and affirm Aboriginal identity and cultures
include Aboriginal viewpoints on events and issues
maintain curriculum and cultural integrity
achieve a balance between contemporary and historical content
explore positive values, attitudes and beliefs
develop skills that lead to active citizenship.
To effectively teach Aboriginal perspectives teachers need to have knowledge and understanding of all the above. This seems daunting, however, the NSW Human Society and Its Environment K-6 syllabus allows teachers to explore Aboriginal perspectives by:
presenting past and present issues in a way that will lead to students to develop deep understanding of the world they live in
allowing for the integration of indigenous and non-indigenous knowledge, which is important for the students as they undertake an active role in our communities in the future
exploring the meaning of reconciliation as well as develop skills, attitudes and beliefs to carry forward the principles of reconciliation, and thereby achieving a shared history that is full of positives.

*Assembled outside the 1938 Day of Mourning and Protest meeting (l to r): William Ferguson, Jack Kinchella, Isaac Ingram, Doris Williams, Esther Ingram, Arthur Williams Jr, Phillip Ingram, Louisa Agnes Ingram with daughter Olive Ingram and Jack Patten.

Foe more information about the Day of Mourning see:


These links are also on the Redfern Oral History website.