National Reconciliation Week

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What is National Reconciliation Week?

National Reconciliation Week is a time for Australians to learn about and celebrate their shared histories.

Reconciliation is a journey for everyone – from individuals to institutions. It starts with building relationships between the broad Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This year’s theme is More than a word. Reconciliation takes action.

Action includes truth-telling to address inequality, systemic racism, and instances where the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are ignored, denied or reduced. It includes listening to and prioritising Indigenous voices to build a just, equitable, reconciled Australia. It includes building communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures.

Get involved with Indigenous research, news and events

Explore how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, culture, research and engagement is contributing to better health, land management, education and living standards across Australia.

Check out events across the University for National Reconciliation Week, and those being held by Reconciliation partners across the country.

Read commentary from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academics and experts, about Indigenous knowledge, issues, achievements and opportunities.

Join the conversation online #MoreThanAWord #NRW2021

Explore more at University of Melbourne National Reconciliation Week.

If treaty is more than a word, what action will it need?

Indigenous people in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand have taken different paths in treaty negotiation between sovereign Indigenous people and Western settlers. Hear from sovereign nation leaders about their treaty journeys, including:

  • Leanne Miller, First Peoples Assembly of Victoria member and AFSE Senior Fellow
  • Dr Jackie Huggins, Co-Chair, Treaty Advancement Committee Queensland
  • Associate Professor Te Kawehau Hoskins, Ihonuku | Pro Vice-Chancellor (Māori), University of Auckland
  • Dr Aunty Geraldine Atkinson, Co-Chair, First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria

Presented by the Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity.

Treaty: More than a word

Indigenous researcher at the University or looking to apply?

Learn about opportunities and support for Indigenous researchers and graduate students.

Join the Indigenous Graduate Student Association to develop connections and lifelong friendships.

Connect with the wider Indigenous community, and learn more about programs and facilities for Indigenous students at Murrup Barak.

Share your research with other disciplines and expand your peer network through the Indigenous Settler Relations Graduate Research Program.

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Want to do a PhD in Indigenous knowledges?

The Indigenous Knowledge Institute (IKI) is building a network of graduate researchers who are advancing research in Indigenous knowledges.

Are you enrolled in, or intending to apply for, a PhD at the University of Melbourne related to Indigenous knowledge systems? If you would like to join this network, please get in touch with the IKI.

Scholarships and other opportunities may also be available to domestic applicants accepted into a PhD program at the University.

Reach out to the Institute for further information.

Life as a graduate researcher: Josh Cubillo

Through his PhD, Josh Cubillo wants to educate and empower non-Indigenous teachers in urban settings, so they can integrate Indigenous knowledges into their curriculum.


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