Aboriginal Resources

These resources were developed as part of the 2011 Deadly Tots project, a communication strategy to share evidence based information on the social emotional and intellectual development of children aged 0-5 years with families and communities of Aboriginal children in the south east, inner west and northern regions of Sydney. They have been updated in 2015.

Let's Read - Indigenous Reading Tips
Tips sheets for indigenous families
The 2013 reading tips sheets for indigenous families were developed in partnership with Margaret James from Honey Ant Readers and traditional language-speaking liaison officers in Alice Springs.

There are tip sheets for indigenous families of children from 4 months, 12 months, 18 months and 31/2 years.
Growing up strong Kooris (also Cuchicums, Guring, Buraay, Booris, Wonai, Jarjums)
Booklets for Aboriginal parents, families and community workers
Information about growing up babies and children from 0-5 years. Includes information about what babies do at different ages, ideas for things you can do with babies , games and activities and contacts to help with parenting. Each booklet in the series is for a different language area in NSW.
Some are free download, or get copy from Community services
Raising Children Network
web based information
This website has a range of mainstream informatyion for raising children as well as an indigenous section.
Families as first teachers
A5 pamphlet series
A Northern Territory Government initiative A5 pamphlet series showing families activities to do with their children for their physical , social emotional, language and cognitive development from 0-6 months, 6-12 months 11-2 years , 2-3 years. Also on playing and learning, healthy foods, keeping kids safe, healthy home s. healthy kids
Families as first teachers
A3 posters
A Northern Territory Government initiative poster series showing families activities to do with their children for their physical , social emotional,language and cognitive development from 0-6 months, 6-12 months 11-2 years , 2-3 years. Also on playing and learning, healthy foods, keeping kids safe, healthy home s. healthy kids
Learning With family
Booklet full colour 53 pages
A book developed for professionals to use with remote Indigenous families to increase their knowledge of child development, early learning and underlying issues effecting developmental outcomes
Pipirri Palya- "Kids are Good"
Spiral bound full colour book 41 pages
Designed to provide practical assistance to parents with babies and young children. The book particularly aims to support parents in their traditional settings and was produced with the assistance of a Steering Committee comprised of Aboriginal women from remote communities.Some of the topics covered include traditional parenting skills, health and safety, housing and hygiene, substance misuse, neglect and nutrition. Other topics include caring for kids during art activities, meetings and whilst driving in the car. Pipirri Palya - "Kids are Good" is a useful tool for training and guidance for parents living in remote Aboriginal communities.
purchase via order form on website
Pipirri Kanyilpayi - "Caring for Children"
Also included in Pipirri Wiimaku- "for the little kids" is Pipirri Kanyilpayi - "Caring for Children". This documents Waltja's research in to Aboriginal Child Rearing Practices in Walungurru (Kintore) and provides valuable information about child rearing practises on a remote Aboriginal Community. It contrasts Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal methods of child rearing and through the use of case studies and observations, follows Aboriginal families through daily child rearing practices.
purchase via order form on website
Aboriginal Parent Easy Guide
brochure for Aboriginal parents
Series of brochures on following topics Families that work well; Grandparents; Identity; Now you are a parent; Our children, Our Family, Our Way; Role models; Step families; Story telling ; Support; Coping Skills for Our kids Family togetherness.
Parenting and Child health Information- Aboriginal Specific
Web based information from SA Govt Website
Further information specifically for Aboriginal families on the following topics is available on the website-a new baby; being a dad; better food for kids;-breast feeding; -child abuse and neglect; -ear health ;- families that work well;-- family togetherness;- getting help and support;- grandparents;- how do we like our children to be?; -identity -loving and laughing-now you are a parent-our children, our families, our way-role models -smoking close to children- step-families-story telling-sudden infants death syndrome (SIDS)-we all need to feel safe and secure ;-coping skills for our kids, child abuse and neglect kids grieve too,
Web based information from SA Govt Website
How the Platypus Came to Be Booklet
booklet
Traditional story of how the platypus came to be underlining the theme of love and commitment a parent shows for their child. Illustrations by Noonghaburra man Tex Skuthorpe.
order from website 12c per copy
The Willy Wagtail & the Rainbow
booklet
Shows how everyone has the responsibility to look after and teach the children of the community
order from website 12c per copy
The Galah and the Boobunge Booklet
booklet
This story reminds children that they will make mistakes, and adults of their responsibility to children to teach by example.
order from website 12c per copy
Children are Sacred
booklet
In traditional Aboriginal society children and old people were the most important members of society. Tex Skuthorpe describes the traditional teaching of children, and the responsibility of adults to impart knowledge without punishment.
order from website 12c per copy
Goola-wileel The Topknot Pigeons Booklet
booklet
This story explores how we can look after children with special needs and learn from them.
order from website 12c per copy
A story About feeding babies
Flip chart
This resource is about food for babies. It covers ages from birth to six months, six months to one year, and over one year. It provides key messages for each of these age groups. This resource stresses the importance of breastfeeding throughout this period, and describes foods and drinks that are not good for babies/infants to eat in each of the age groups.This flipchart has been developed to help illustrate to mothers what foods are best for their babies. It can be used by individuals, or for group information sessions in Indigenous communities
NT Govt free download
So Now You're A Dad: Indigenous men connecting with their babies Craig Hammond and Richard Fletcher
DVD 10 min
When it comes to making that all important connection with your child, we know from our research that the earlier the better. In this inspiring DVD, Indigenous dads from the Hunter Valley, NSW, share their thoughts on what it means to them to connect with their babies.These dads all embrace fatherhood and demonstrate the strengths and skills that helped them through this emotionally draining but exhilarating moment in their lives.
Family Action Centre A$30.00. Available from here
Skills & Strengths of Indigenous Dads, Uncles, Pops and Brothers Craig Hammond
DVD/video
A group of young Aboriginal fathers were trained over a three-month period with digital cameras and computer based editing software, then went on to producer this DVD.With Craig Hammond as team leader they filmed each other as well as other members of the community and so presented their own experience as well as that of their community
Family Action Centre A$30.00. Use the Order form, look on the second page for the Indigenous Resources here
Young Aboriginal Fathers Project: Research report Richard Fletcher
Report
How do young Aboriginal men react when they discover that they are going to be fathers? What do they do at the birth? What do they think of the services available? What would they like to happen? These questions were the basis for interviews with young Indigenous fathers from the Hunter Valley. At the same time, the services available to support Indigenous families were surveyed to discover what support was available to this group.
Use the Order form, look on the second page for the Indigenous Resources. The report is free but needs to be ordered on the form  here
Indigenous Fathers posters
A3 Posters
These five dynamic, vibrant A3 posters give Indigenous men clear, positive messages: Our Kids Need Dads Who: Stay Strong, Smile, Take an Interest, Be There, and Listen.The messages were developed by Craig Hammond and the Indigenous community (men and women) as part of the Engaging Fathers research project on young Aboriginal fathers
A$55.00. Use the Order form, look on the second page for the Indigenous Resources. here
Being Dad Being proud
information sheets
information sheets for Aboriginal fathers with children 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 1-3 years, 3-5 years and 5-8 years
NSW Community Services free download
You're a Dad Dad's poster series
posters
Connect , be proud, Talk Feel good Protect , The journey
Order $35 = $5 P&H Box of 20. Available from here
Fathering and Men's Roles
Booklet
Learning is a lifelong process. In traditional communities the men who taught journeyed with the learner and in the process learnt about themselves and each other. Through this learning and understanding came respect.
12c a copy. Available from here
How Dads Can help
Brochure
This brochure explains the important role of fathers during pregnancy and after, including support to mum, spending time and taking care of the baby to allow mum a rest and promoting safe lifestyle for the family.
Qld Health free download
Dad and Partner Pay
The Australian Government understands dads and partners play an important role in the early months of their child's life and is committed to providing families with financial support during this exciting time.

Dads or partners may be eligible for up to two weeks of pay at the rate of the National Minimum Wage when they are on unpaid leave from work or are not working. The payment will help make it easier for dads and partners to take time off work to bond with their baby, share experiences as a family and to support their partners.
To learn more about Dad and Partner Pay, Paid Parental Leave and other family assistance and the go to www.australia.gov.au/dadandpartnerpay or call the Indigenous hotline on 136 380.
Lets go to pre school
Children's book
Book to read with Aboriginal children and DVD about going to pre school
Available from here
Big Fun at Little School
CD
CD 2 songs for children about going to little schoolTarget: families who are not sending children to pre school
Send an email to Zoe Hida
Preschool Is The Place To Be Education Is The Key
Poster
$11.00 + P &H. Available from here
Preschool Is The Place To Be Education Is The Key-Aboriginal Parents/Carers guide to preschool
12 pg booklet
This handbook promotes preschool to Aboriginal parents/carers.describes what happens at Preschool and encourages parents to be involved
$7.27 for 10. Available from here
I am strong in my culture
A5 book
A 16 page full colour A5 book for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
order or download from here
Poopajyn Boori Norta Norta Boola "Little Children Learning Together"
book and DVD pack (also available separately)
Allows Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children the chance to develop their awareness of cultural identity and for all children to be provided with the opportunity to receive appropriate education about Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander cultures and traditions.
Aboriginal early Childhood support serives Union. Book $22, DVD $33. Available from here
Teaching & Learning Our Way
Handbook & Literacy Resource CD-ROM for teachers.
Is designed to assist NSW early childhood teachers working with Aboriginal preschool children. The book's aim is to support early childhood educators in using practical literacy teaching methods
Aboriginal early Childhood support serives Union $88.00. Available from here
NSW Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Early Childhood Education Policy
This policy is aimed at extending and complimenting policy in their service or centre. It promotes acceptance and understanding of Aboriginal culture in the daily program.
Aboriginal early Childhood support serives Union. Available from here
Building Bridges
book and DVD pack (also available separately)
Building bridges was a unique project involving Indigenous preschool-aged children and their families from different regions of Australia. Seven families videotaped their child undertaking normal every day activities at home, in the community and in preschool. The edited tapes were shared and discussed at a workshop, first with the other families, and then with a broader group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous early childhood professionals. These narratives provide an insight into the differing cultural experiences of these families and provide a rich and unique framework for thinking about the many ways that literacy develops.The book provide valuable insights for non -Indgigenous early childhood teachers.
Early Childhood Australia $39.95. Available from here
Diversity and difference: Lighting the spirit of identity Author(s): Aunty Kerry Mundine and Miriam Giugni Published: 2006
22 page book
Through their experiences of exploring diversity and difference in one inner suburban centre, authors Kerry Mundine and Miriam Giugni outline the impact of issues such as skin colour, language, knowledge of popular culture and perceptions of beauty among three- to five-year-olds.The way in which these issues contribute to the broader areas of inclusion, social justice and equity - especially for Indigenous Australians - provides many challenges. Diversity and difference: Lighting the spirit of identity raises areas in which all early childhood practitioners can have a positive influence, if they seek to embrace values that encompass cultural inclusion and social justice through their day-to-day work with young children.
Available from here
'Pipirri Wiimaku' - "for the little kids"
Book- full colour spiral bound
Details activities stemming from Waltja's Child Care Programs in Central Australia. It documents a number of meetings and conferences where Aboriginal women have come together to have their say on Child Care issues with a focus on adapting Western models of child care to fit in with traditional cultural practices. It also documents Waltja's Child Care Conference held in Alice Springs which brought together more than 100 Aboriginal women from the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia.
Available from here
Dreaming Stories: A springboard for learning Author(s): Jenni Connor Published: 2007
Includes 13 of Aboriginal Nations' award-winning animated short films and a guide to using them in a diverse range of early childhood settings. Dreaming Stories are important parts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' cultural heritage, and invaluable sources of knowledge and wisdom for everyone. -exciting activities which introduce children to many important early learning concepts. Explaining the seasons, life cycles, the importance of rain and responsibility for the environment.Appreciating diversity in appearance, language and culture. Exploring emotional concepts such as jealousy, fairness and the value of sharing. Encouraging communication, cooperation and teamwork.Creative activities involving music, movement, art and computer design.Dreaming Stories: A springboard for learning provides a wonderful introduction for young children to Australia's Indigenous cultures and is also an essential resource to support all areas of early learning.
Available from here
ABC - Using Aboriginal Art and Language to Teach
Booklet for children
In traditional society words were spoken and painted. In this book Tex Skuthorpe paints the words from his country - Noonghal and describes their meaning.
NAPCAN 36c. Available from here
Foster Their Culture (2008)
Spiral bound book
A handbook for foster carers and state and territory foster carer associations and networks. Free for foster carers and agencies supporting out of home carers.
SNAICC PDF download 
Characteristics of promising out-of-home care programs and services
SNAICC
Assessing, training and recruiting Indigenous carers
SNAICC
Comprehensive support for carers and young people
SNAICC
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander responses to child protection issues
SNAICC
Community development Approaches to safety and wellbeing of indigenous children
14 page resource sheet
This resource sheet demonstrates how a community development framwework can assist with identifying ways in which indigenous childrens weelbeing can be improved. A framwork which moves beyond the individual to looks at risk and protective factors
Free download
Through young black eyes
139 pages Handbook
Through young black eyes aims to assist communities to develop the strength to talk about and respond to domestic violence, focusing on the impact on children of family violence, child abuse and neglect.This insightful handbook includes comprehensive sections covering: family violence ,child abuse and neglect ;child sexual abuse reporting child protection matters
Order $22 from here
Through Young black Eyes. Community leaders Guide
A Guide to help community leaders protect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from family violence and child abuse.
Available from here
Through Young Black Eyes Workshop Kit (2008)
The Workshop Kit is designed to help you run workshops to prevent family violence, child abuse and neglect, and develop child safe communities. The Workshop Kit Contents 1. The Workshop Facilitators Guide - 2. Through Young Black Eyes Handbook (2007 Update) - 3. Through Young Black Eyes - 4. Keep Your Family Safe - a pamphlet for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children about family violence and child abuse (2007) 5. Who Feels the Children's Pain - a 20 minute film about children witnessing family violence 6. Children See, Children Do - a one minute film clip by NAPCAN (2007) 7. Children Are Sacred - a NAPCAN and Tex Scuthorpe poster (2002). 8. The Galah and the Boobunge - a NAPCAN and Tex Scuthorpe booklet (2004). 9. National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day poster: 10. Flier for resources produced by KAMSC and by RAATSIC
$95 + $15 Postage from here
7 Steps to Safety
Available from here
Little black Book for Strong black women 2010
Diary
A diary for Aborigina and Torres Straut islander women from aged 13 with information about domestic and family violence and sexual assault
Wirringa Baiya, Aboriginal Women's legal Centre. Contact Thea Deakin-Greenwood 02 95693847
Keep Your Family Safe Leaflet TYBE (2007)
Colourleaflet (DL) Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children about family violence and child abuse.
Available from here
NAPCAN Posters
Range of posters
Available from here
Footprints to Where we Are
resource manual for ATSIC Childrens services
108 page manual for ATSI Childrens services topics cover Child Welfare, Child development and governance." it recognises that Non Indigenous services and organisations and people can learn a lot from how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders approach child rearing, child development and supporting vulnerable families. Equally it recognises that western and other non-Indigenous knowledge and belief systems need to be understood by our communities and services"
SNAICC- free download or order
LoveTalk Sing Read Play
Service providers booklet
Love,Talk Sing read Play provides evidence based information about the early social , emotional and intellectual development of children. It provides the latest research as information for service providers to pass on to parents and carers.For use by heath, welfare,education and childrens sevice providers, community ,cultural and religous leaders. organisations making use of the media, policy makers.
NSW Community services free download
Learning With family
Booklet full colour 53 pages
A book developed for professionals to use with remote Indigenous families to increase their knowledge of child development, early learning and underlying issues effecting developmental outcomes
NT Govt. free download
Building Bridges
book and DVD pack (also available separately)
The program features three filmed case studies of interventions that aim to reduce isolation and build stronger networks and communities. They include a program for young mothers in Mildura, Vic; a workshop on fathering in Nowra, on the south coast of NSW; and a community-building project in Kalumburu, an Indigenous community in Western Australia. The program will be of interest to GPs, nurses, allied health professionals, Aboriginal health workers, youth officers and community workers.
Early Childhood Australia $39.95 from here
Promising practices out-of-home care - Booklet 1 charactersitics of promising out-of-home care programs and services
20 p booklet
Characteristics of promising out-of-home care programs and servicesThe profiled organisations commonly take a "ground up" rather than a "top down" approach to service development and delivery, which is driven by the needs of their communities, carers, and young people. This was true for carer support programs, training programs and programs that supported young people in care. Most programs also had strategies to strengthen and empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
SNAICC PDF download
Promising practices out-of-home care - Booklet 2 Assessing training and recruiting Indigenous carers
40 p booklet
Assessing, training and recruiting Indigenous carers.Successful assessment and training programs are carer-centred, responding to carers' needs and feedback in their assessment and training programs. This is particularly the case with Indigenous assessment tools, which use a more relaxed, conversational style of getting information, and use community knowledge about a family when assessing if a potential carer can provide good care.
SNAICC & Aust Insitiute family Studies PDF download
Promising practices out-of-home care - Booklet 3 Comprehensive support for indignous carers and young people
36 pp booklet
Comprehensive support for carers and young people. Children in care have often experienced harm and trauma and need a range of supports. Services that keep children connected with their families and communities, enhance their self-esteem and cultural identity, and provide practical support when they move on to independent living, are likely to improve outcomes for children in care.
SNAICC & Aust Insitiute family Studies PDF download
Community development Approaches to safety and wellbeing of indigenous children
14 page resource sheet
This resource sheet demonstrates how a community development framwework can assist with identifying ways in which indigenous childrens weelbeing can be improved. A framwork which moves beyond the individual to looks at risk and protective factors
Closing the gap Clearing house Free download
Through young black eyes
139 pages Handbook on Domestic violence
Through young black eyes aims to assist communities to develop the strength to talk about and respond to domestic violence, focusing on the impact on children of family violence, child abuse and neglect.This insightful handbook includes comprehensive sections covering: family violence ,child abuse and neglect ;child sexual abuse reporting child protection matters
Order $22 from here
Through Young black Eyes. Community leaders Guide
A Guide to help community leaders protect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from family violence and child abuse.
Available from here
Through Young Black Eyes Workshop Kit (2008)
The Workshop Kit is designed to help you run workshops to prevent family violence, child abuse and neglect, and develop child safe communities. The Workshop Kit Contents 1. The Workshop Facilitators Guide - 2. Through Young Black Eyes Handbook (2007 Update) - 3. Through Young Black Eyes - 4. Keep Your Family Safe - a pamphlet for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children about family violence and child abuse (2007) 5. Who Feels the Children's Pain - a 20 minute film about children witnessing family violence 6. Children See, Children Do - a one minute film clip by NAPCAN (2007) 7. Children Are Sacred - a NAPCAN and Tex Scuthorpe poster (2002). 8. The Galah and the Boobunge - a NAPCAN and Tex Scuthorpe booklet (2004). 9. National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day poster: 10. Flier for resources produced by KAMSC and by RAATSIC

$95 + $15 Postage from here

New Edition here

Working Together Book
The book offers a high quality, comprehensive examination of issues and strategies influencing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and social and emotional wellbeing. This exciting new edition includes several new chapters that deliver an even more robust and high quality resource.Published in 2014
free download or order hard copy from here

The Deadly Tots project would like to acknowledge and pay respects to the traditional Aboriginal owners of the land on which they work and they would also like to pay their respect to elders past and present.