Acknowledgement of the contribution of Indigenous culture, knowledge and values is a crucial step in building respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The University is committed to creating opportunities for students, staff and the broader community to gain an understanding of the contemporary, historical and traditional culture, knowledge and values of Indigenous peoples and the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
A different way of knowing
The Narrm Oration profiles leading Indigenous thinkers who bring a global perspective to enriching our vision for Indigenous Australia. The 2014 Oration was delivered by Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith on 'Indigenous knowledges and how they help us think about the future'.
Dungala Kaiela Oration delivered on Country
The Dungala Kaiela Oration has brought big business and fine minds to the Goulburn Valley for the past 5 years to promote both cultural and economic development in the Goulburn Valley Region. For the 2014 oration, Noel Pearson was welcomed onto Yorta Yorta land.
Take a walk in Billibellary's steps
Long before British colonisation, the land on which the University of Melbourne's Parkville campus now stands was the preserve of a proud people who lived and harvested in sync with six distinct seasons. It's now possible to take a tour of the campus in the footsteps of our Wurundjeri predecessors.
Warmun Elder wins the 2013 RAKA Award
The annual Kate Challis RAKA Award was established in 1988 by the late Professor Emeritus Bernard Smith to honour the memory of his late wife, Kate Challis. The $25,000 prize is offered to various artistic disciplines in a five-year cycle: creative prose, drama, scriptwriting, poetry and visual arts.
The 2013 award was won by respected Gija Elder Mabel Juli from Warmun in the East Kimberley
Solemn recognition for Melbourne's first Indigenous medical graduate
A possum skin cloak, a rare and significant cultural gift representing Wurundjeri traditions ,was presented to the University as part of the medical faculty's 160th celebrations