Key Questions

  • What are Aboriginal experiences of identity?
  • How do our local Aboriginal young and old people identify?  How does their culture contribute?
  • How do cultures contribute to identity?
  • How do Indigenous and non-Indigenous identities compare? How do identities from a range of alternate cultures compare?

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • explore the identity of Indigenous community members.
  • analyse what impact a person’s (including Indigenous person’s) culture has on their identity.  
  • contrast identities of different cultures.
  • reflect on their identity and what makes it up (including the relevance of culture).  

Curriculum Links


  • Recognise that ideas in literary texts can be conveyed from different viewpoints, which can lead to different kinds of interpretations and responses (VCELT315)
  • Show how ideas and points of view in texts are conveyed through the use of vocabulary, including idiomatic expressions, objective and subjective language, and that these can change according to context (VCELY317)
  • Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinions, and use interaction skills, varying conventions of spoken interactions according to group size, formality of interaction and needs and expertise of the audience (VCELY366)

Intercultural Capability 

  • Analyse how aspects of their own and others lifestyle, behaviour, attitudes and beliefs can be culturally influenced (VCICCB009)
  • Examine and discuss the variety of ways in which people understand and appreciate differing cultural values and perspectives, and the things which promote or inhibit effective engagement with diverse cultural groups (VCICCD012)

Key Local Knowledge Featured in this Unit

The Voices of our Indigenous Young People

The experiences of our Indigenous young people are an important source of knowledge within our community.  In this Unit, we look at Jason’s Story, and his identity, shared through symbols and art.

Oral Histories (various)

It is important to listen to, and contemplate, the experiences of elders and community members.  For instance, Aunty Ella discusses her connection to place in the clip above.  Other clips are detailed within the Unit Plan.

Number of Lessons


Unit Plan


Supporting Documents