Part A: My country

Language groups

Each Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander group has a connection to particular areas in Australia.  What's the name of the group that has a connection to the place you live?

The Indigenous Language Map indicates the many groups and their traditional land areas.  You may like to view an interactive version of this map which is on the ABC website.

Can you find the language group of the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people whose traditional lands are in the area of Australia where your school is located?

Click here to view the map.  The map will open in a new window.

The pull of place

Even though they have a strong connection to their country, many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people do not live in the place that they identify with.  Consider the things that might push them from and pull them to their traditional land.  List all the reasons you can think of.

  1. What are some of the things that might 'pull' Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to live in their own country?

  2. What are some of the things that might 'push' Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to live in areas, towns or cities beyond their own country?

Reflect on or discuss the following questions:

  1. Do you have a place that is special to you?
  2. Are there things that pull you to it and things that push you from it?

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