Gambay - Languages map

Teachers' Notes

Civics and Citizenship

Year 7

The process for constitutional change through a referendum (ACHCK049)

  • Look into the current Recognize campaign supporting constitutional change to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the constitution. Consider the place Australia’s first languages play and whether it should be acknowledged.

Year 8

The freedoms that enable active participation in Australia’s democracy within the bounds of law, including freedom of speech, association, assembly, religion and movement (ACHCK061)

  • Research policies and practices that have restricted Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s participation in Australia’s democracy throughout our shared history. Reflect on how language difference can restrict participation, particularly without the awareness and acknowledgment of the languages differences that exist.
  • Consider Aboriginal Protection and Restriction Act in Queensland that restricted all aspects of peoples lives including not legally being able to speak their own languages. Consider the long-term impact these policies have had.

The types of law in Australia, including criminal law and civil law, and the place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander customary law (ACHCK064)

  • Consider customary law of a number of different language groups from across Australia e.g. the Ngarra law of the Yolngu people (who speak the Yolngu Matha languages) in Arhnem Land, NT.
  • Consider the challenges presented to Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples within Australian laws e.g. language difference including creoles and other dialects of English that are not acknowledged and cause mis-communication at many levels. (e.g. Diana Eades research language in courts)

Different perspectives about Australia’s national identity, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, and what it means to be Australian (ACHCK066)

  • Consider the perspectives of a number of Aboriginal people from different languages groups and how important language and land are to identity.
  • Reflect on how this informs a national identity for all Australians to celebrate.

Year 10

How Australia’s international legal obligations shape Australian law and government policies, including in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (ACHCK093)

  • Research language rights or the rights of linguistic minorities as part of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Identify whether these international conventions and declarations have shaped Australian government policies with regard to the languages of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.