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First Peoples of Victoria: Knowledge of Country

Term 2: Mon
9.30am, 11.30am & 1.30pm

Term 3 & 4: Tues
9.30am, 11.30am & 1.30pm
45 mins
Year level
Years 3-6
Virtual Program
$90 per 30 students + booking fee
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Booking information
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The knowledge systems of First Peoples of Victoria are full of scientific knowing. Learn how their knowledge of Country is the first scientific knowledge of Victoria.

First Peoples of Victoria have a deep connection with their Country. Over thousands of generations, they have developed and maintained knowledge systems and cultural practice to care for their Country.

In this virtual learning program, students will explore the similarities between intergenerational knowledge of First Peoples complex understandings of all that exists on their Country, and Western science skills taught in schools today.

With a focus on Bunjil’s Laws and the Eastern Kulin seasonal calendar, students will be asked to consider how different knowledge, perspectives, and views influence our ideas about sustainability and how our world should be cared for.

This interactive virtual learning session comes with a PDF of classroom resources and teacher notes to support student learning before and after the online workshop.

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Curriculum links

Science: Years 3-6

  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (VCSSU075)
  • Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity (VCSSU062)

Geography: Years 3-6

  • The many Countries/Places of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Australia, and the custodial responsibility they have for Country/Place, and how this influences views about sustainability (VCGGK080)
  • Types of natural vegetation and the significance of vegetation to the environment, the importance of environments to animals and people, and different views on how they can be protected; the use and management of natural resources and waste, and different views on how to do this sustainably (VCGGK082)

History: Years 3-4

  • The significance of Country and Place to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who belong to a local area (VCHHK072)
  • The diversity and longevity of Australia’s first peoples and the significant ways Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are connected to Country and Place (land, sea, waterways and skies) and the effects on their daily lives (VCHHK078)

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