Cook's Arrival from First Nations' Perspectives

Source: TTF/Roar

This resource accompanies NITV documentary Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky, presented and co-written by Steven Oliver. Looky Looky reimagines Captain James Cook's landing through contemporary, original music performed by a range of First Nations artists. This resource is a springboard into classroom study of colonisation, reconciliation, Terra Nullius, sovereignty, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, cultures and histories. The resource can be used to facilitate mature, nuanced exploration of the ongoing impacts of colonisation and to support students to have respectful conversations about Australian history. 

This teacher resource includes: 

  • Short clips selected from the documentary; 
  • Context, background and further reading for teachers; 
  • Practical classroom activities; 
  • Frameworks to develop cultural safety, empathy, critical and creative thinking. 

SBS would like to acknowledge the Australian National Maritime Museum who have enabled SBS Learn to publish this resource.

Caution: SBS Learn would like to advise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples that this resource may contain images, audio visual materials and/or the names of people who have died.

Australian Curriculum

Year 6:


The Arts: ACAVAR117

Languages: ACLFWU107

Year 10:



Science ACSSU188

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures, Sustainability.