A key goal in the In My Blood It Runs campaign is to make Australian schools more culturally safe for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
As guided by those onscreen and the Arrernte and Garrwa Elders and Advisors, we are employing a number of strategies to help affect this change.
1. Buy Education DVD or Streaming License
By purchasing an education licence you can screen the film on your school campus at any time.
2. Stream online at Kanopy
Stream the film for free, thanks to the generous support of your public library or university.
The In My Blood It Runs team has been working with education partners to develop classroom resources.
We developed these Education resources with an Advisory Board who read, discussed and redrafted these guides over many months. Special thanks to Alanna Raymond, Tessa Keenan, Stephanie Woerde, Esma Livermore and Julie Bover from Reconciliation Australia, Alex Shain from Shark Island, Maria Katsabanis from Australian Human Rights Commission, Renee Phillips from National Indigenous Youth Education Coalition, and Keren Shlezinger.
ATOM Guide (Yr 9-12)
COOL Australia (Yr 7-12)
American Documentary (USA)
Big Sky Native Filmmaker Initiative (USA)
VIRTUAL ‘EXCURSION’ Q&As
We’ve hosted a number of online Q&As and “Virtual Excursions” for both students and teachers, which we have recorded to make available for teachers as an ongoing classroom resource. The education resources are pitched at Yrs 9 – 12 students, but the conversations are appropriate for high school students more generally. Watch the recordings below!
Professional Learning Q&A for teachers with Stephanie Woerde and Alanna Raymond from Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali team, Chris Sarra founder of Stronger Smarter institute, and Director Maya Newell.
Aboriginal Studies with Madeleine Williamson (Queanbeyan High School), Fiona Lugnan (Coffs Harbour High School), William Tilmouth and Maya Newell.
The session focuses on the Aboriginal Studies HSC curriculum and how the film links with the specific syllabus points related to Social Justice and Human Rights and Community Consultation and Ethical Research.
Legal Studies with John Davis (Stronger Smarter Institute), William Tilmouth (Children’s Ground, Film Advisor), Prof Megan Davis (UNSW) and Director Maya Newell.
The session focuses on United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Peoples, how we use legal frameworks can be used for art and advocacy, and deliver into the importance of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
English & Media Studies with Zoe Cassim and Alanna Raymond (Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali), Rachel Naninaaq Edwardson & Maya Newell (Film team).
The session focuses on the curriculum aligned role of documentary films in truth telling and social justice.
History & Civics with Zoe Cassim (Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali), Samara Hand (NIYEC), Rachel Naninaaq Edwardson and Maya Newell (Film Team).
The focus of this session will be on truthtelling, the importance of having records of current and authentic lived experiences as well as films for social justice.
Science with Renee Phillips (Children’s Ground and NIYEC), William Tilmouth (Children’s Ground and film advisor), Michael O’Loughlin (IndigenousX) and Director Maya Newell.
The session focuses on why society holds Western Science as ‘superior’ and why is it important that we include Indigenous Knowledges to explain science.
Participate in survey
Used the film in the classroom, or for your own professional learning?
Your feedback is essential in helping us use the film more effectively in the education space and shape the ongoing campaign. We would be incredibly grateful if you and your students could complete our short survey, which should take about 10 minutes.
The truths of our history – either from before or after invasion – have not been typically taught in schools and universities. If they have, they may have been taught in ways that marginalise First Nations perspectives. As such, it is not uncommon for educators to feel unsure about how to approach teaching about the violence committed against First Nations peoples, nor about how these ongoing injustices can continue to have an impact today.
In My Blood It Runs recognises this challenge and encourages educators (and anyone interested) to further their understanding of themes in the film by taking up the following Professional Learning opportunities with our partner organisations before engaging with our classroom resources with students.
Watch a free professional learning session hosted with Dr Chris Sara from Stronger Smarter Institute, Stephanie Woerde and Alanna Raymond from Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali team to support you to use In My Blood It Runs in the classroom.
Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Education
Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Education program supports all schools and early learning services to develop environments that foster a high level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions. The program incorporates an online platform which is free to access and provides practical ways to introduce meaningful reconciliation initiatives in the classroom, around the school and with the community. Through the Narragunnawali platform, schools and early learning services can develop a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), and teachers and educators can access professional learning and curriculum resources to support the implementation of reconciliation initiatives.
A professional learning resource specifically developed to support engagement with In My Blood It Runs can be accessed here on the Narragunnawali platform.
Stronger Smarter Institute
The Stronger Smarter Institute offers unique, transformative and highly regarded programs and online training that equips educators with the tools and practices to enact high-expectations relationships in their school classrooms and communities leading to sustainable change in student outcomes.
The #LearnOurTruth campaign is led by the National Indigenous Youth Education Coalition in collaboration with In My Blood It Runs documentary and BE. Collective Culture.
The alliance is fighting for the truth and equity to be the foundation of our education system. We know that First Nations experiences through time and the full impact of colonisation is silenced in many classrooms around the country. By centring on the experiences of First Nations youth, we are calling for the public to #LearnOurTruth. We urgently need more public and political scrutiny about how every person living on sovereign First Nations land is not being taught a true history in classrooms.
As part of the #LearnOurTruth campaign we are gathering information about people’s experiences in the mainstream education system in Australia. The first survey is to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experiences.
If you’d like to contribute to the survey please visit learnourtruth.com. Please note we are only seeking responses from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged between 16 and 25 years at this stage.