Blueback - What are Indigenous Protected Areas?

Blueback - What are Indigenous Protected Areas?

Lesson 10 of 14 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 5
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Environmental
  • Oceans
  • Sustainability
  • Water
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students explore some of Australia’s Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs). They investigate how Indigenous ranger programs and management allow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to maintain their cultural, spiritual, economic and aesthetic connection to country.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • learn about how Indigenous Protected Areas are managed 
  • understand why Marine Protected Areas are most effective when co-managed with Indigenous rangers.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • explain how Indigenous Protected Areas are managed
  • create arguments that support the establishment of more Indigenous Protected Areas. 

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Student Worksheet
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Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content descriptions -

  • the influence of people, including First Nations Australians and people in other countries, on the characteristics of a place (AC9HS5K04)

Syllabus outcomes: GE3-2

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability

Relevant parts of Year 5 achievement standards:
Students describe how the characteristics of places are perceived and valued differently by people. They describe the importance of environments to people.They explain the interconnections between people and places and environments, and describe how these interconnections change places or environments.

Resources required

  • Access to the film _Blueback _
  • Access to the MPAtlas 
  • Device capable of presenting a video and audio to the class
  • Individual devices with access to the internet (one per student)
  • Student Worksheet (one per student)


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • Communication
  • Cultural understanding
  • Digital literacy
  • Ethical understanding
  • Intercultural understanding

Additional info

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low - Medium: Teachers should read this resource and its associated materials before delivering the lesson. There may be concepts covered that require further reading or extra preparation. Some of the activities may need to be planned in context to teachers’ classrooms. The ICT requirements of the lesson are standard, in that a functioning laptop with access to the Internet and a projector will suffice. 

Minderoo Foundation is proud to be the education partner for the film adaption of Tim Winton’s best-selling book, Blueback.

Related professional learning

Teach the Big Picture of Sustainability

Quick summary: Open your students’ minds to how different systems – environmental, social and economic – are connected.

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