We are lucky to be teaching at a time when there are many great Aboriginal Education resources available and more being produced all the time.

The list below is by no means exhaustive but will give you some ideas for getting started.

Many of the resources will be found in your school resource collection; most are available for loan from the Catholic Library at the Leederville Catholic Education Office.


  • Yarning Strong - for upper primary and lower secondary students. This resource aims to reach out and engage all young people – both Indigenous and non-Indigenous – and deepen their awareness and understanding of what it’s like to be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person living in contemporary Australia. It is organised into 4 Modules - Identity; Family; Law; and Land. Each module contains an anthology (excellent background material for teachers & students), 3 novels, 1 graphic novel, plus a Professional Support manual and links to the Australian Curriculum. http://www.oup.com.au/primary/literacy/yarning_strong
  • The lower, middle & upper primary resources in the Reconciliation Kit by Scholastic including the Teacher Resource Books for each level which contain excellent literacy based lesson ideas. The kit is no longer available to purchase but many school libraries will have some or all of the books in their collections and the CEOWA Library has all the resources in their Aboriginal Resource Collection (ARC).
  • The Our Voices Kit by Rigby & National Museum of Australia is a series of books for lower, middle & upper primary students (also suitable for secondary) which examines the historical and contemporary issues that have shaped our distinctive Australian culture.
    This resource is now out of print but the CEOWA Library has a complete set of each level with Teachers Book available for loan.
  •  First Australians : Plenty Stories is a comprehensive resource for teaching Australian Indigenous studies in middle and upper primary, written by the National Museum of Australia's Senior Indigenous Education Officer. http://www.nma.gov.au/engage-learn/schools/classroom-resources/resources_to_order/first_australians_plenty_stories
  • Australian History Mysteries has case studies designed to stimulate students’ interest in and engagement with aspects of their history. They have been designed for use at a middle secondary level but teachers will find the materials and ideas adaptable for both higher and lower levels.  http://www.australianhistorymysteries.info
  • Message Stick Readers include a set of non-fiction books and a set of dreaming stories/plays which focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural traditions and practices. https://cengage.com.au/primary/browse-series/supplementary-reading​
  • Indij Readers for Big Fullas and Little Fullas is a collection of stories from urban and rural Aboriginal communities around NSW. The Teachers Guide includes leson plans, cultural information and blackline masters. http://www.indijreaders.com.au
  • Emu Publications create reading resources for Aboriginal, ESL and early childhood students. http://www.emupublications.com.au/index.html
  • Yiwarra kuju : the Canning Stock Route : education package (2010) by the National Museum of Australia. This comprehensive package was sent to schools in 2010. It can be downloaded from: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/yiwarra_kuju
  • Focus On Indigenous Art Across the Curriculum features units of work which link the 'making and appreciating aspects of visual arts with Indigenous culture', while integrating other learning areas. Each unit contains a series of lessons and activities with detailed teaching notes and an assessment checklist. There are 3 books and sets of posters for ages 5-8, 8-10, 10+. The books and posters are no longer being published by Macmillan but are still available from various booksellers (Google to find current stockists) and the CEOWA library has the full set of Teachers Books and Posters available for loan.
  • Growin Up Strong and Happy To Be Me are must-have CDs of songs for every primary school. They have accompanying Teachers Resource Books and Happy To Be Me includes dance steps to some of the songs. The songs are bright and uplifting and reinforce the strength and diversity of Aboriginal culture. http://www.auntywendysmob.com/index.html