Reconciliation Week

Each year National Reconciliation Week (NRW) celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. It is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation journey.

NRW is held from 27 May to 3 June each year. Preceded by National Sorry Day on 26 May, NRW is bookended by two key events in Australia’s history, which provide strong symbols for reconciliation:

  •  27 May 1967 – the referendum that saw more than 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Australian Government power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and recognise them in the census.
  •  3 June 1992 – the Australian High Court delivered the Mabo decision, which recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a special relationship with the land. This paved the way for land rights or Native Title.

Reconciliation Week: 26/5/15 BTN story

This Years Theme

N.R.W has a different theme each year – the 2017 theme is ‘Let’s take the next steps’. As we reflect and commemorate two significant anniversaries of reconciliation in Australia, we look to take the next steps together in our national reconciliation story.

The theme ‘Let’s take the next steps’ reflects the nature of our Nation’s reconciliation journey so far, and looks forward, taking the next steps in this continuous journey. Earmarked by the two key anniversaries of the 1967 referendum and the 1992 Mabo Decision. In reflecting on and discussing taking the next steps it is important to acknowledge and discuss the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and reconciliation in Australia.

Answer the following questions and post as a comment below.

You will need to do some further research to answer some of the questions.

1. What does reconciliation mean?

2. Why do you think Reconciliation Australia chose this theme for National Reconciliation Week in 2017?
3. Does the poster effectively communicate a message about reconciliation? Why/why not?
4. What was the significance of the 1967 Referendum and what is the significance of its 50th anniversary in 2017?
5. What wast the significance of the 1992 Mabo decision, and what is the significance of its 25th anniversary in 2017?
6. What are some other significant milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey, and why is it important to commemorate these milestones?
7. What do you think some of the next milestones could or should be in Australia’s reconciliation journey and why? What might be your “next step” towards advancing reconciliation in Australia—as an individual, as a class, as a school and as a community?


Create your own National Reconciliation Week poster: Create your own poster based on the theme ‘Let’s take the next steps’. It is important to choose the right images, layout, size and quantity of text, colour and composition for effective communication and to grab your audiences attention. When creating your poster, consider what the purpose of the poster is, who the audience might be, and why certain images and text have been included in the poster.

Levels of Government

What? We are learning about the levels of government in Australia.

Why? This will help us understand how our democracy system works.

How? I will be able to record key information as I watch the videos and then answer the questions and post as a quality comment.

BTN episode 31/5/16 – Levels of Government

Click on the link below to watch a 2.27 min video about the three levels of government in Australia.

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PEO website – Three levels of Government

 

 

After watching both the BTN episode and the video from PEO website answer the following questions. 

1.  What are the three levels of government?

2.  Why do we have three levels of government?

3.  Name some responsibilities of each level of government?

4.  What happens when local, state and federal governments disagree?

5.  Why do you think we need three levels of government in Australia?

6.  What was surprising for you?

Reconciliation Week

WHAT? We are learning about the importance of Reconciliation Week

WHY? This will help us understand an important historical event that has helped shape Australia as a Nation

HOW? I’ll be able to put in my best efforts to answer the questions below about Reconciliation Week

This week is National Reconciliation Week. Do you know what that is?

Watch this 1 min Youtube clip for an introduction about reconciliation week 2016.

Watch this BTN episode from last year about Reconciliation Week. Record key information in your books as you watch it and then post your answers to the questions below.

BTN episode 26/5/2015 – Reconciliation Week

Key Questions

    1. When is Reconciliation Week?
    2. Why is it important?
    3. What is reconciliation?
    4. How were Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders previously treated?
    5. In the video what language are the kids learning? Do some research to find out how many indigenous languages are spoken in Australia today.  Click on this link to view an interactive map of indigenous languages in Australia.                  Click here for more statistics about Aboriginal languages in Australia. What did you find out?
    6. List 3 ways you think Australia could become a more equal and accepting place.
    7. What can we do to celebrate Reconciliation Week? List at least 2 sugestions.

What is Democracy?

What? We a learning to understand what Democracy is.

Why? This will help us to understand Australia’s form of government.

How? I will be able to show my best efforts at recording key information and answer the questions.

  1. Before you watch the BtN story, record what you know about democracy.
  2. What happened in ancient Greece that led to people wanting a say in decision making?
  3. The word `democracy’ comes from which two words?
  4. Monarchies became popular in the Middle Ages. Explain what a monarchy is.
  5. Why was Magna Carta an important document?
  6. In Australia we have something called a ________________ democracy.
  7. Who represents us in parliament?
  8. Give an example of another form of government.
  9. What do you understand more clearly about democracy?
  10. What questions do you still have? (How could you find the answers to your questions?)

BTN episode – What is Democracy?

Take a look at this fun and engaging infographic, The Story of Our Freedom, to get a picture of the origins of democracy and how it has influenced our rights and freedoms today.

Copy and paste the questions into word to answer and then post your completed answers as a comment below.

Who impacted the Federation of Australia?

What? (we are learning to): Find out about a key person in Australia’s Federation.

Why?(this will): Help us have a deeper understanding Australia’s history.

How? (I’ll be able to): Research and explain the impact an individual had on Australia’s Federation.

Choose a key person in Federation history and research the answers to the following questions.

Alfred Deakin (1856-1919)

http://primeministers.naa.gov.au

Who was Alfred Deakin? Give a brief summary.
Where was he born?
What were Alfred Deakin’s views about Federation?
What significant things happened when Deakin was Prime Minister?

 

 

Henry Parkes (1815 – 1895)

http://www.civicsandcitizenship.edu.au

Why was Henry Parks known as the `Father of Federation’?
What was his famous speech `The Tenterfield Address’ about?
What is significant about the date of Parkes’ death?
Why do you think Parkes is referred to as one of the most significant politicians in Australian history?

 

 

Edmund Barton (1849-1920) 

http://primeministers.naa.gov.au

Edmund Barton was Australia’s first…

What contribution did Barton make to Federation?

What is an interesting fact about Edmund Barton?

 

 

Useful links for your research:

Behind the News – Constitution http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3939299.htm

Parliamentary Education Office – Federation http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/federation.html

Federation explained – ABC Splash video http://splash.abc.net.au/home#!/media/1961881/Federation-explained 

An Ideal City – A nation needs a capital http://www.idealcity.org.au/a_nation_needs-1.html

Australian Dictionary of Biography – Henry Parkes http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/parkes-sir-henry-4366

Civics and Citizenship Education – Henry Parkes http://www.civicsandcitizenship.edu.au/cce/parkes,9158.html

Civics and Citizenship Education – Alfred Deakin http://www.civicsandcitizenship.edu.au/cce/deakin,9127.html

National Museum of Australia – Alfred Deakin http://www.nma.gov.au/primeministers/alfred_deakin

Civics and Citizenship Education – Edmund Barton http://www.civicsandcitizenship.edu.au/cce/barton,9076.html

Fast facts – Australia’s Prime Ministers – Edmund Barton http://primeministers.naa.gov.au/primeministers/barton/fast-facts.aspx

 

Copy the questions for your chosen person into word.

When you have finished your research post your answers as a comment below. Happy researching 🙂 

Remember – make sure you type the answers in your own words, do not copy and paste from webpages.

Remembrance Day

Do you know what Remembrance Day is?

Why do you think Remembrance Day is important?

Remembrance day BTN episode

There are many customs and traditions on Remembrance Day. Do you know what they are?

The music played on the day holds great significance, click on the links below to listen to The Rouse and The Last Stand and answer the questions with a partner.

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https://www.awm.gov.au

The Rouse

How did listening to the Rouse make you feel?

During Remembrance Day commemorations when is the Rouse sounded?

Why is it called the “rouse”?

What does the Rouse symbolise?

 

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https://www.humanrights.gov.au

The Last Post

How did listening to the Last Post make you feel?

What does it signify?

How does the timing of the Last Post differ from the Rouse?