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.


Upcoming Indigenous-themed events on the University of Melbourne 2019 calendar.  All events are held on the Parkville campus unless otherwise specified.

21 MarchBook launch ‘Unsettling the Gap: Race, Politics and Indigenous Education’
by Sophie Rudolph
More information
 A panel of invited guests including: Dr Sue Mentha (Lecturer, MGSE); Maree Clarke (Artist);
and Prof Sarah Maddison (co-convener Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration) will
discuss the concepts of ‘unsettling’ and ‘education’ in Australia,  chaired by author
Dr Sophie Rudolph. Light refreshments will be served.
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Venue: MGSE, Level 5 Piazza, 234 Queensberry Street, Parkville
28 MarchWilin JamsMore information
 The first of the Wilin Jams for 2019, the event is an open invitation for everyone to
come together, jam and celebrate the pivotal contribution of Indigenous organisations
throughout Victoria. Featuring guest musicians and performers, jammers are invited
to collaborate and perform whatever they wish.
March/April *Wilin WeekDetails to come
 Wilin Week is the Faculty Faculty of Fine Arts and Music's annual celebration of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture.  Indigenous artists are invited
in to the Wilin Centre to hold workshops, give lectures, create work and share knowledge
with students, staff and members of the public. (Southbank campus)
March/April *Lin Onus OrationDetails to come
 The Lin Onus Oration is the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development's
annual oration by esteemed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and cultural
practitioners.  Named after famed Yorta Yorta artist, Lin Onus, the Oration seeks to
provoke thought, discussion and debate in relation to Indigenous arts and culture.
(Southbank campus)
3 AprilPublic Lecture:  Sovereign Language Repatriation:  Through Song PedagogyMore information
 Presenter:  Dr Lou Bennett
Time:  6:30 - 7:30 pm
Venue:  Copland Theatre, The Spot Building, 198 Berkeley Street, Parkville
4 AprilThe Colonial Fantasy: Why White Australia can't Solve Black ProblemsMore information
 Sarah Maddison will be in conversation with Lidia Thorpe discussing her new book
‘The Colonial Fantasy: Why white Australia can't solve black problems’.
Time:  6:00 - 8:00 pm
Venue:  Forum Theatre, Arts West Building, Parkville
1 - 17 MayThe Living PavilionMore information
 A transdisciplinary project connecting Indigenous knowledge, ecological science,
sustainable design and participatory arts located on the future site of Murrup Barak,
Melbourne University's Institute for Indigenous Development.
27 May - 3 June National Reconciliation WeekDetails to come
7 - 14 July NAIDOC WeekDetails to come
July *Dungala Kaiela OrationDetails 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 NovemberNarrm OrationDetails 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.
* Dates yet to be announced
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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