This is a teacher reference page that explores the history of the tent embassy first erected in Canberra in 1972 as a protest for the lack of land rights provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The web page presents the impact of the tent embassy in bringing Indigenous issues to the forefront and its role as a symbol of Aboriginal political rights and struggles. After more than four decades of closure and re-erection, the now permanent tent embassy provides an opportunity for dialogue between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous people from around the world. The content is also downloadable as a PDF file.
This resource is of value to teachers is supporting the year 3 history content description that explores Australian symbols and their origins and significance. As a national symbol, the tent embassy in Canberra provides a great discussion point for the impact of symbols on the way people think and act and the ways in which this particular symbol has contributed to the improvement of rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This resource provides five fast facts related to the tent embassy and presents a concise overview of its history and achievements.
This resource is relevant for exploring the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures cross-curriculum priority of the Australian Curriculum. The more than 40-year history and impact of the tent embassy particularly support the cultural priority exploring the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.