Connections to Country/Place

Connections to Country and place include rich and deep knowledge of the landscape and natural environment, waterways, navigation, direction and location. It includes traditional or historical methods of remembering pathways and travel routes using songlines. It also shows how listening to Country and observing the changing seasons guided travel.

This resource shows how sustainability and land management was enacted for thousands of years.

View these custodians who share their Indigenous Knowledges (IK) about Connections to Country/place. When considering the Goompi model, the IK contexts presented in the video represent the Reality part of the four-part model.

The video of IK in action, enables educators to listen, view and reflect on holistic opportunities for teaching and learning in the context of cultures. It provides relevance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, allowing them real opportunities to see the connections between mathematics and their cultures. This empowers students to have a strong sense of pride and view mathematics through their own cultural lens.

These IK contexts serve as examples for educators to work within the Third Cultural Space with their own local communities and contextualise this knowledge from their perspectives.


View the accompanying Connections to Country/Place poster that demonstrates mathematical experiences that can be customised to suit local contexts.

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