Learning about current affairs and issues for First Nations peoples ensures that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures are portrayed as alive, resilient and complex.
Incorporating current affairs into teaching about reconciliation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues will:
- make historic concepts more relevant for children and students
- give a concrete and relatable example of political and cultural perspectives.
Many current affairs and issues are connected to the past. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people today face challenges that stem from unjust colonial policies and practices of the past.
Building children’s and students’ understanding of the past’s impact on the present and future will help them:
- build empathy for their peers
- deepen their understanding of their place in the world.