Investigating Rights and Freedoms

Facilitated

Dates

Monday to Friday at 10.00am and 12:30pm.

Primary/Secondary
Secondary
Curriculum
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
HASS
Year Level
Year 10 – 12
Duration
90 Minutes
Cost

$240 per group (up to 32 students)

Investigate and celebrate first-person accounts and case studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resistance, protest, and triumph in the Wesfarmers Ngalang Koort Boodjar Wirn Gallery.

Using an inquiry approach, students investigate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ struggle for equal rights and recognition. Drawing on artefacts, objects, oral histories and digital content, they form an opinion on whether Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ are afforded the same rights as other Australians.  

Student Experience

Students will:

  • Explore the themes of Rights and Freedoms through the Wesfarmers Ngalang Koort Boodja Wirn Gallery
  • Use inquiry-based learning to gather evidence
  • Investigate how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia have fought for rights and freedoms
  • Explore human rights—what they are, why we have them and how they can be challenged
  • Develop tools to discuss complex and difficult topics with empathy

Program feedback:

“Very professional and powerful presentations.”

Skills development

This program links to the following strands of the Western Australian Curriculum:

Year 10

Depth study 2: Investigating rights and freedoms

  • The background to the struggle of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples for rights and freedoms before 1965, including the 1938 Day of Mourning and the Stolen Generations (ACDSEH104)
  • Methods used by civil rights activists to achieve change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and the role of ONE individual or group in the struggle (ACDSEH134)
  • The origins and significance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including Australia's involvement in the development of the declaration (ACDSEH023)
  • The significance of one of the following for the civil rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: 1962 right to vote federally; 1967 Referendum; reconciliation; Mabo decision; Bringing Them Home Report (the Stolen Generations), the Apology (ACDSEH106)
  • Justice at home and overseas: The international agreements Australia has ratified and examples of how they shape government policies and laws (e.g. the protection of World Heritage areas, the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples) (ACHCK093)

Year 11

History ATAR

Unit 2 – Movements for change in the 20th century
Elective: Recognition and rights of Indigenous Peoples


Year 12

History ATAR

Unit 3 – Modern nations in the 20th century
Elective: Australia 1918-1955