Western Sydney University’s Indigenous Strategy 2020-2025 establishes how Western will position itself as a national leader in Indigenous higher education. The University has always been located on Aboriginal land. We value and nurture our relationships with the Indigenous community as an anchor institution that serves Western Sydney. This commitment and pride underpins our core values and beliefs. The Indigenous Strategy focuses on strategic objectives in seven areas of Indigenous engagement: students; employment; research; learning and teaching; community engagement; leadership; and cultural viability and knowledge. Western is deeply committed to the objectives set out within this strategic document. The University will ensure these objectives are everyone’s responsibility, and that staff, students and community will see significant positive outcomes that change their experience of Western.
The WSU Indigenous Strategy aligns with the Universities Australia Indigenous Strategy 2017-2020 and the Universities Australia Indigenous Strategy 2022-2025.
These guidelines available from the NHMRC website work with two other guidelines (recently revised) - the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research and the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research which provide more specific information about ethical conduct in research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and communities.
Keeping research on track II was developed to provide advice on how the values and principles outlined in Ethical conduct in research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and communities: Guidelines for researchers and stakeholders can be put into practice in research.
All guidelines should also be read alongside the AIATSIS Code of Ethics for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research 2020, developed by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).
First published in 2002 and revised in 2007, this protocol guide endorses the rights of Indigenous people to their cultural heritage and supports Indigenous creative practice. This protocol guide encourages self-determination and helps build a strong and diverse Indigenous arts sector. These are key goals and priority areas of the Australia Council for the Arts.
Creative practitioners who work with Indigenous artists or engage with Indigenous cultural heritage in projects, and are funded by Australia Council for the Arts grant assessment panels are required to comply with this protocol guide as a condition of funding.
Over the years, the principles and protocols contained in this protocol guide have also been applied nationally and internationally – educating readers and users on Indigenous Australian cultural heritage, and encouraging meaningful collaborations with Indigenous artists and creators.
Cultural institutions, such as museums, galleries, libraries and archives, are tasked with representing the contemporary cultural landscape and the history of the nation. This often involves the collecting, archiving and showcasing of Indigenous cultural materials and objects, or Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP). This cultural heritage is the means through which the vast history of the First Australians is depicted and understood.
Dr Curtis Roman discusses cultural protocols that are important for research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Walpiri/Warumungu woman, Valda Shannon, discusses cultural mores that will have an impact when working with Indigenous communities.
A presentation of the project plan for Improving Indigenous Research Capabilities: An Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander Research Data Commons (RDC), part of the ARDC-led Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) Research Data Commons and Indigenous Research Capability Program. HASS Research Data Commons and Indigenous Research Capability - ARDC
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