Land Rights

24 Aug

I blogged yesterday about the song ‘This land is mine’, and my plans to use it as part of a lesson that encourages students to consider the Aboriginal connection to land (here).

Once a basic understanding of this connection is achieved, I would explain some of the context of the struggle for land rights.  Included in this would be a discussion of the 1988 promise made by Hawke to enter into  Treaty with Aboriginal people.  That promise was broken.  I will show students the lyrics to the Yothu Yindi song ‘Treaty‘ and play them the clip (perhaps the one from the Sydney Olympics).  That song was intended as a political statement.  I will use that as a segue into discussing the other ways in which the struggle for land rights was progressed.

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