Reckoning with Australia’s colonial archive: poet Natalie Harkin wins RAKA Prize
Narungga woman and South Australian poet, Natalie Harkin has won the 2020 Kate Challis RAKA Award for her work Archival-Poetics, an unflinching anthology that faces the violence the colony has inflicted on Indigenous women, and offers a roadmap for healing in the centuries ahead.
Reconciliation a project pillar of the New Student Precinct
The New Student Precinct is a Signature Project for the University’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP 3) that aims to achieve transformational change and deep cultural engagement through the built environment, instilling a sense of belonging and affirming the traditional owner’s Connection to Country.
Indigenous plant use booklet launched
Emanating from her inspirational work on the Living Pavilion exhibition, University of Melbourne colleague and Barkandji woman Zena Cumpston has compiled a booklet on the medicinal, nutritional and technological use of indigenous plants from the lands of the Kulin Nation. For the Indigenous Plant Use booklet, each plant featured in the inspirational Living Pavilion pop-up garden has been carefully researched and curated. Thank you Zena and the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub for making this valuable resource available.
Research: Barriers prevent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from reporting family violence
Professor Marcia Langton and Dr Kristen Smith have led a team of University researchers and participating communities to produce a major ANROWS report that identifies improvements in support services for women facing domestic violence. More...
Aboriginal knowledge key to fight against bushfires and climate change: Narrm Oration
Australia needs to trust Aboriginal people and their knowledge of country and bushfires as they can help solve the environmental crisis that has seen the fastest rate of biodiversity loss on Earth, says Associate Professor Michael-Shawn Fletcher, in the University of Melbourne’s 2020 Narrm Oration. More...
Partnership helps lay the foundations for treaty making in Australia
A resource developed in partnership with the University of Melbourne that helps enable treaty and agreement making for Indigenous Australians has been re-launched with a new website as part of NAIDOC Week. More...
Victorian artist Glenda Nicholls awarded Hutchinson Indigenous Fellowship
Stories inspired by family, community and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will be woven into artwork being created by master weaver Glenda Nicholls, the recipient of the 2020 Hutchinson Indigenous Fellowship. More...
Dr Lois Peeler to explore Indigenous spirit at virtual Dungala Kaiela oration
Proud Yorta Yorta woman, activist and educator Dr Lois Peeler will explore how respect for Indigenous knowledge could and should change modern Australia at this year's annual Dungala Kaiela Oration on Wednesday, 9 September. More...
University appoints inaugural Director of Indigenous Knowledge Institute
Professor Aaron Corn has been appointed the inaugural Director of the University of Melbourne’s new Indigenous Knowledge Institute for world-leading research and partnerships concerning Indigenous knowledge. More...
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. More...
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...
2020 in pictures
National Reconciliation Week
VCA Art Forum
Dungala Kaiela Oration
Everything is Country
Wiradjuri man and University of Melbourne geographer Associate Professor Michael-Shawn Fletcher explores how belonging to Country embeds us within the world
Our country, Our way
This year, the University of Melbourne's Narrm Oration explores how Indigenous people and knowledge can save Australia’s environmental unravelling.
Decolonising social work
Proud Durrumbal/Kullilli and Yidinji woman, University of Melbourne educator and social worker, Tileah Drahm-Butler, is working to decolonise social work.
Safeguarding our shared cultural heritage
There are thousands of agreements between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, but University of Melbourne experts say these agreements don’t always work.
50 words in Australian Indigenous languages
A new University of Melbourne online resource – the 50 Words Project – makes words from local Indigenous languages available for everyone to hear and learn.