Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students come from all over Australia. We provide focused support to enrich each student's academic, global, social and cultural experience at the University.
At the University of Melbourne, we recognise that reconciliation is central to the full realisation of our purpose.
We are committed to fostering an environment in which the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their fellow Australians is characterised by a deep mutual respect, leading to positive change in our nation’s culture and capacity.
National Reconciliation Week
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) occurs annually across the nation and spans two important dates: 27 May which marks the date of the 1967 referendum, and 3 June which marks the 1992 Mabo decision in the High Court. According to Reconciliation Australia, ‘the week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.’
Check out what is happening across the University of Melbourne campuses:
We have built a strong Indigenous research community both within and beyond the University.
We are committed to supporting social, economic and cultural advancement with and for the Indigenous communities we serve.
Learn more about our senior Indigenous leadership and consultative bodies, our cultural protocols and explore our reconciliation journey.
We have a long history of engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Learn about our path as we continue to work towards reconciliation.
Upcoming Indigenous-themed events on the University of Melbourne 2019 calendar. All events are held on the Parkville campus unless otherwise specified. Contact Karen Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org) for enquiries.
|27 May - 3 June||National Reconciliation Week||More information|
|The 2019 theme is: Grounded in truth | Walk together with courage.|
There are many events happening across all campuses.
|A list of 2019 National Reconciliation Week events happening on the University of Melbourne campus include:|
|* Jawun Showcase - Overview of the Jawun Development Program (seminar/forum)|
|* Milingimbi Art (exhibition)|
|* Awaken (exhibition)|
|* Traditional Aboriginal Games (activity)|
|* Melbourne Reconciliation Network Launch (networking)|
|* Book Club morning teas (morning tea)|
|* Purposeful Partnerships - Q&A with CEO of Indigenous-owned stationery supplier, Muru (seminar/forum)|
|* The art of healing: Australian Indigenous traditional healing practice (exhibition)|
|* Billibellary's Walk - A self guided walk (activity)|
|* The Women's: Carers, advocates and reformers (exhibition)|
|* Reconciliation Week Treaty Panel Discussion (seminar/forum)|
|* FVAS National Reconciliation Week (free public lecture)|
|* Wilin Jams (performance)|
|* Puzzles and Problems with Art Appropriation (free public lecture)|
|* Celebrating Indigenous expertise in science (free public lecture)|
|* Blak Excellence: Current Student Panel (seminar/forum)|
|* Launch of permanent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learning and teaching site for teachers (launch)|
|* Faculty RAP Launch|
|* Uniblack Indigenous Round (sport)|
|* Jewellery making workshop (activity)|
|* Lighting of the Wilin (ceremony)|
|* Melbourne School of Engineering morning tea (morning tea/discussion)|
|* Faculty of Fine Arts and Music morning tea (morning tea/discussion)|
|* Lunch time festival (performance)|
|* University contingent to the Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Service (ceremony)|
|29 May||The Indigenous Data Network: Restoring Community Control over an Intangible Asset||More information|
|Part of the Indigenous Australia and Digital Futures seminars series. This seminar series is |
presented by the Digital Studio in partnership with the Indigenous-Settler Relations Collaboration,
a new research unit at the University of Melbourne exploring the challenges that lie at the heart of
relations between Indigenous and settler Australians.
|7 - 14 July||NAIDOC Week||Details to come|
|9 August||The 2019 Dungala Kaiela Oration||Details to come|
|The Dungala Kaiela Oration is an annual event co-hosted by the Kaiela Institute and the |
University of Melbourne. The aim of the Oration is to celebrate Aboriginal cultural identity,
create a shared vision for the people of the greater Goulburn Murray region, and build
bridges to promote Aboriginal social and economic development.
|28 November||The 2019 Narrm Oration||Details to come|
|The Narrm Oration is the University’s key address that profiles leading Indigenous peoples |
from across the world in order to enrich our ideas about possible futures for Indigenous Australia.
In this United Nations declared International Year of Indigenous Languages, the University is
delighted to announce that the 2019 Narrm Oration will be delivered by Larry Kimura, Associate
Professor of Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian studies at Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of
Hawaiian Language, University of Hawai‘i.
|* Dates yet to be announced|
The University of Melbourne acknowledges and pays respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated:
- the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung peoples (Parkville, Southbank, Werribee and Burnley campuses)
- the Yorta Yorta Nation (Shepparton and Dookie campuses)
- the Dja Dja Wurrung people (Creswick campus).
The University also acknowledges and is grateful to the Traditional Owners and Elders who have been instrumental in our reconciliation journey.
We recognise the unique place held by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the original custodians of the lands and waterways across the Australian continent with histories of continuous connection dating back more than 60,000 years.
We also acknowledge and respect our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, staff, Elders and collaborators, and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who visit our campuses from across Australia.
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About the artist and the artwork
Dixon Patten is a proud Yorta Yorta and Gunnai man who has family bloodlines from Dhudhuroa, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri, Yuin, Wemba Wemba, Barapa Barapa and Monaro. He has worked with the University on its Cultural Awareness Training program and other projects.
‘The artwork represents the journey taken by the University of Melbourne, working with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, to develop this RAP. The pathway depicts life’s course and the waves represent the ripple effect that the RAP’s Signature Projects will have on students, staff and the broader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous communities. The circles in the middle are our community – the motivation for, and guiding influence on, this RAP.’ - Dixon Patten, artist and designer – Bayila Creative