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By embedding Indigenous cultures and knowledges in our learning and teaching, research and engagement initiatives, we promote an understanding of, and respect for, the traditions and perspectives of the many nations and language groups that make up Indigenous Australia.

Perspectives on the destruction of Juukan Gorge

The recent destruction of significant sites at Juukan Gorge and exposed in National Reconciliation Week has caused deep distress for Aboriginal peoples and revealed the inadequacies of corporate standards and legal protections. Two of the University of Melbourne’s leading scholars, Professor Marcia Langton AO and Professor Lee Godden, provide their viewpoints.

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Wasp nests used to date ancient Kimberley rock art

Mud wasp nests have helped establish a date for one of the ancient styles of Aboriginal rock art in the Kimberley.  More...

The National Indigenous Business Summer School 2020

Over the summer, the University of Melbourne was proud to host the 2020 class of the National Indigenous Business Summer School (NIBSS).  More...

Research into Melbourne's pre-colonial  landscape

Wiradjuri geographer and University of Melbourne academic, Dr Michael Fletcher is working with local Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Elders to learn more about Melbourne's landscape prior to European settlement.  More...

2019 Narrm Oration:  Revitalising the Hawaiian language

Associate Professor Larry Kimura delivered the 11th Narrm Oration on Thursday 28 November.  Dr Kimura presented on the remarkable reawakening of the Hawaiian language, with new generations of highly fluent second and first language Hawaiian speakers now emerging. More...

2019 Lin Onus Oration:  The need for truthing in language rematriation

In this edited extract from the 2019 Lin Onus Oration at the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, Dr Lou Bennet makes a compelling case for the importance of Indigenous research methods and practice-led research to the task of “rematriating” Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.  More...

University launches global Indigenous Knowledge Institute

The University of Melbourne has announced that it will invest at least $6 million to launch an Indigenous Knowledge Institute for world-leading Aboriginal knowledge, research and education. More...

Senator Patrick Dodson delivers Dungala Kaiela oration in Shepparton

The annual Dungala Kaiela Oration was delivered by Yawuru leader Senator Patrick Dodson at the Rumbalara Football Netball Club in Shepparton on Friday 9 August.  The Oration is co-hosted by the Kaiela Institute and the University of Melbourne.  More...

University supports 'pathways to our future' at 21st Garma Festival

Vice-Chancellor Duncan Maskell led a University of Melbourne delegation to the 21st Garma Festival in Arnhem Land, a central component of the University’s commitment to national reconciliation with Indigenous Australians. The theme of this year’s Garma Festival was Garma’lili manapanmirri dhukarryarrany’dhun gudarr’wu, which means Pathways to our future in Yolngu Matha.  More...

New Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Business Leadership

The Melbourne Business School at the University of Melbourne is launching a Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Business Leadership, the first of its kind in Australia for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business leaders.  Associate Professor Michelle Evans, Director of the Business School’s Murra Indigenous Business Master Class Program says the certificate will address a significant gap in management education in Australia.  More...

Wominjeka

Photo: Sarah Fisher/University of Melbourne

National Reconciliation Week

Photo: Paul Burston/University of Melbourne

Ancestral Memory Exhibition

Photo: Christian Capurro

Dungala Kaiela Oration

Photo: Peter Casamento

Narrm Oration

Photo: Peter Casamento

03 Aug 2020 | PURSUIT

Unaipon: Behind the da Vinci comparisons

David Unaipon is known as an Aboriginal polymath. What do comparisons with da Vinci mean regarding settler-colonial history ask University of Melbourne experts.

28 Jun 2020 | PURSUIT

Australia’s constitutional answer to structural racism

University of Melbourne experts say inequality woven into Australia’s constitution continues today; so our structures remain stacked against Indigenous people.

29 May 2020 | PURSUIT

Science, technology, engineering, mathematics and reconciliation

During National Reconciliation Week, University of Melbourne Indigenous researchers explore the role STEM can play in reconciliation and self-determination.

28 May 2020 | PURSUIT

Coins and constellations

A new $A1 coin features the Emu in the Sky, a famous dark constellation with special meaning for Indigenous Australians, says a University of Melbourne expert.

27 May 2020 | PURSUIT

Championing Indigenous women politicians

In an edited extract from a new book, a University of Melbourne expert celebrates the contribution of Australia’s Indigenous women in political leadership.

19 Feb 2020 | PURSUIT

Victoria’s volcanic history confirms the state’s Aboriginal inhabitation before 34,000 years

New University of Melbourne research dating volcanic eruptions and Indigenous oral traditions gives us a new minimum age for human occupation in Victoria.