Use the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority’s ‘Checklist for Selecting and Evaluating Resources’
Use the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority resources: https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/about/k-12-policies/aboriginal-torres-strait-islander-perspectives
Questions to ask about texts:
Who wrote it?
Whose perspectives is it representing?
What history does it require an understanding of? (missions, stolen generations – whose timeline?)
What languages are used? (slang, Aboriginal English, traditional language)
Questions to ask about service providers:
Where are they from? (First Nations country/community)
Who are they connected to in the community?
What are the local elders’ relationships with these providers?
How many other local First Nations community members are they connected with?
Are they open to working with other community members or do they demand sole partnership with your school/context?
(if these questions are answered relatively easily or are self-evident after you have spent a little bit of time talking with the provider, then you are probably working in an authentic space).
Ask your community contacts. Listen to their advice. If they become annoyed that you have engaged someone they don’t feel is authentically connected with the local community, simply apologise, take their advice and either stop working with the provider or seek guidance to implement parameters around the school’s relationship with them (e.g. they can talk about their personal experience as an artist but are not to share language or personal political views as per local elders’ advice).
Other good general authentic resources:
Victor Steffensen (fire man)
Prof Marcia Langton, Uni of Melbourne – project – comprehensive teacher resource
Dreaming is in us all, is everywhere (doesn’t neatly fit into Western knowledge disciplines) – http://www.aboriginalastronomy.com.au/
Trusted institutional resources: