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The Nyungar people, and indeed the entire Aboriginal population, grew to realize what the arrival of the European settlers meant for them: it was the destruction of their traditional society and the dispossession of their lands. (Doris Pilkington, n.d.)
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Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence | Overview: Articles
Only understanding will bring down the fence dividing a nation (Pilkington, 2002, March 21)
"Today a fence still divides this country, but it is not one to keep the rabbits out of farmland. It has been built in an effort to divert the nation away from issues of human rights. But the issue of the stolen generations is not going to go away when many people are still hurting from the policies that produced them. We all share the history. We must come up with solutions together." (Pilkington, 2002, March 21)
Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by
Publication Date: 2013
This extraordinary story of courage and faith is based on the actual experiences of three girls who fled from the repressive life of Moore River Native Settlement, following along the rabbit-proof fence back to their homelands. Assimilationist policy dictated that these girls be taken from their kin and their homes in order to be made white. Settlement life was unbearable with its chains and padlocks, barred windows, hard cold beds, and horrible food. Solitary confinement was doled out as regular punishment. The girls were not even allowed to speak their language. Of all the journeys made since white people set foot on Australian soil, the journey made by these girls born of Aboriginal mothers and white fathers speaks something to everyone.
Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence | Overview: Online resources
Rabbit proof fence (National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, n.d.)
"Based on the book Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Molly's daughter, Doris Pilkington Garimara, the film was released in Australia in February 2002. It introduced many people to the concept of the 'stolen generations’: Aboriginal children who were removed from their families as the result of government policies. This curated collection includes clips from the film, interviews with director Phillip Noyce and actress Deborah Mailman, behind-the-scenes stills, international film posters, and documents donated to the NFSA by writer-producer Christine Olsen. WARNING: this collection may contain names, images or voices of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. (National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, n.d.)
Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence | Overview: Videos
"Today marks 10 years since former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said sorry on the floor of Parliament to the Stolen Generations. We explain why it was such a big moment for the families involved." (ABC Behind the News, 2008)
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Bibliography / Reference list: ABC Behind the News, (2008). 10th Anniversary of Stolen Generation Apology, [eVideo]. https://clickv.ie/w/HX1m
Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence | Overview: Teacher Resources
Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence | Overview: Curriculum alignment
Literacy [Australian General Capability.1]
The knowledge and skills needed to access, understand, analyse and evaluate information, make meaning, express thoughts and emotions, present ideas and opinions, interact with others and participate in activities.
Comprehending texts through listening, reading and viewing [Australian General Capability.11]
Using strategies for reading and viewing texts, including using applied topic knowledge, vocabulary and visual knowledge. Listening for information and to carry out tasks and participate in discussions. Using strategies for comprehending spoken, written, visual and multimodal texts, including retrieving literal information and making inferences.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures [ACCP]
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are strong, rich and diverse. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identity is intrinsically linked to living, learning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, deep knowledge traditions and holistic world view.
Intercultural understanding [Australian General Capability.6]
The capacity to process or reflect on the meaning of experience is an essential element in intercultural learning. Reflecting to better understand the actions of individuals and groups in specific situations and how these are shaped by culture. Reflecting on their own responses to intercultural encounters and to identify cultural influences that may have contributed to these. Learning to ‘stand between cultures’ and mediate cultural difference.