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Experiences of democracy and citizenship

Years 5–6

First Nations people

What does it mean to be an Australian citizen? Is everyone’s experience of democracy the same? Find out about how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have experienced democracy and citizenship in Australia.


Choose a key activist for Indigenous rights from the 20th century (e.g. Vincent Lingiari, Faith Bandler, Neville Bonner) and present their life story in a creative way.

Australian Curriculum links

Year 6 History

Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, migrants, women and children (ACHASSK135)

Year 5 Civics and Citizenship

How people with shared beliefs and values work together to achieve a civic goal (ACHASSK118)

Year 6 Civics and Citizenship

The shared values of Australian citizenship and the formal rights and responsibilities of Australian citizens (ACHASSK147)