Updated: Apr 18
Today, I would like to acknowledge the Yuggera people as the Traditional Owners of the beautiful land I am standing on today. From the mountains to the river, I open my heart and my eyes as I walk this land, listening, learning and caring for Country. I want to extend this respect to Elders; past, present and emerging and to all First Nations peoples reading this post today. We are all remembered here.
Every year, on the 25th of April and again on the 11th of November, Australians all around this beautiful country of ours, come together to commemorate and honour those who have fallen and sacrificed their lives, to afford us the freedoms that we enjoy today.
In this blog post, I want to shine a light on the bravery and the sacrifices made by First Nations diggers and service men and women, through a range of First Nations teaching resources for your classroom. These resources will help you to honour a number of First Nations Anzacs, who fought for our country and our freedoms alongside other Anzacs but devastatingly, have shared a very different and far more unjust and very often, untold and unrecognised journey to enlistment and post war recognition.
My hope is that these resources, will resonate with you and make their way into your programs for ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day each year. A small but vital part us teachers play in sharing a true account of Australia's history, that for so long has remained untold.
First Nations Anzacs
Researching and honouring the services and sacrifices made by First Nations diggers and ex-service men and women, in an honour or commemorative wall in your classroom, is one really visually powerful way for our students to be able engage in and learn about Australia's true service and military history.
Below, I will include a linked gallery of First Nations teaching resources that I love, and that you can use to begin your research and start creating your First Nations Anzac honour or commemorative wall in your classroom. If you want to view any of these resources, just simply click the image and you will be taken to this resource.
Creating a First Nations ANZAC Day or Remembrance Day Honour / Commemorative Wall
As you know, I love sharing resources with you, so here is a free editable Canva classroom display I have put together for you to be able to create your very own ANZAC Day or Remembrance Day honour or commemorative wall in your classroom. You and your students can use the information in the resources above, to fill in your poppies and build your own First Nations Anzacs Honour Wall in your classroom. These resources are seperate downloads but they are both completely free for you to download from my Freebie Library, with all of my other resources too. If you are on my Free Community email list then you will already have a copy of this freebie in your inbox, so don't forget to check it out!
First Nations 5 Ws Editable Poppy
This is a close up of the 5W's Poppy. There are two versions in this template that you can use:
This is digital version, where you can type all of the information in and construct it as a class on an interactive whiteboard.
This is the printer version, that you can download as a PDF in Canva and then print off for your students write their answers on their poppy.
Either way, they are both free for you to download from my Freebie Library.
Want to buy these resources?
As you know, some of these resources are, resources that you buy and I am so proud to have partnered up with Deb from Riley Callie Resources; a Supply Nation First Nations business specialising in First Nations teaching resources, to be able to give you the opportunity to buy through my website. So, when you buy through the links on my website or in this blog post, you will be supporting both Deb and I as First Nations women, to continue doing the work that we love to do and everything we share with you. And for that, we are eternally grateful!
Your part in our community
I feel so honoured to be able to share all of these incredible resources with you but I also believe it is important for us all to share with each other, to help us grow as teachers and support each other in our individual journeys too. If you found this post helpful, then reach out and share it with a teacher friend or you can share something in the comments to help another member of our incredible teaching community.
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Thank you so much for spending this time with me and for using your time to listen, learn, unlearn and share, together we will make the greatest difference.
And as always, happy embedding!
*Disclaimer: Please know that this post does contain sponsored content through the use of affiliate links. Each blog post is based on my own experiences, opinions, and what I have been taught, and does not represent all First Nations peoples or Communities. Connecting with your local First Nations Community is always the most respectful way for you to embed First Nations content specific to your area. Also, please know that I have worked really hard to make sure that this post is as perfect as possible for you, but I cannot guarantee that this post or its resources are free from errors. Thank you for your understanding!