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Year level:

Level 10

Suggested timing:

One lesson

Trees and Scrub

Activity 2 – Wurundjeri Elders address Victorian parliament

This activity is a part of the Language in law resource.

Trees and Scrub, Bulleen, Wurundjeri country. Photographer: Tiffany Garvie. Source: Ngarrngga. © Tiffany Garvie 2023. Used under licence.

Step by Step guide

Step 1: Watch the Parliamentary address

Students can watch the 10-minute video clip of the Wurundjeri Tribe Council’s address to the Victorian parliament 0 and also read the text of the speech 0 .

Step 2: Small group discussions

In pairs or small groups, students can spend 10 minutes discussing the significance of this address. Students can reflect on the social, moral, and ethical positions implicit in the event from the perspective of the Wurundjeri Elders, the members of parliament, and the broader Australian public.

Step 3: Reflection

For the final ten minutes, each group or pair can share one key reflection from their discussion. 

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Inquiry-based learning questions

These inquiry-based questions are provided for flexible classroom use, allowing teachers to tailor discussion and reflections specific to their classroom needs.

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Suggested timing:

Two lessons

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