The Australian National University Strategic Plan 2017-2021 has, at its core, The Need for Change. One of the five areas identified as a Need for Change is Delivering on our Unique National Responsibilities-Our responsibility to Indigenous Australia. The Strategic Plan states ‘As Australia’s national university one of our defining roles has been to contribute to the advancement of Australia’s Indigenous peoples. We contribute by graduating Indigenous students, as well as through game-changing research and direct engagement with Indigenous communities. We provide an environment for debating the big issues and partnering with Indigenous Australia to advance the status, recognition and lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Although the proportion of Indigenous students at ANU is high by the standards of some of our peer universities, we remain far from parity with the population at large for undergraduates. The proportion of postgraduate and higher degree students is lower again, as is the proportion of professional and academic staff. Through targeted activities we will work towards achieving parity with the proportion of Indigenous Australians in the overall population.
Research focused on Indigenous issues is broad in scope and has made a substantial contribution. ANU has strong Indigenous research leaders in a number of disciplines. However, our continued salience requires constant attention to impact, partnership with Indigenous communities and a commitment to novel and multidisciplinary approached to our work.’
The ANU College of Business and Economics acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as the traditional custodians of this land. Our vision is for an Australia that provides equal opportunities for all, while recognising and respecting the special place, culture and contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first Australians. The College is committed to closing the gap that exists for Indigenous people and will work towards this goal through the actions outlined in our Reconciliation Action Plan in the areas of students, staff, research, education, outreach, visitors and infrastructure.
Acknowledgement of country
We begin all public events with an acknowledgement of traditional owners or a Welcome to Country.
The official wording for all ANU Acknowledgement of Country is:
We acknowledge and celebrate the First Australians on whose traditional lands we meet, and pay our respect to the elders past and present.
When publishing documents and websites which feature images of Indigenous people the following words should be used:
ANU recognises that to some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, it is distressing to show images of people who have died. We would like to advise that this publication/website may contain such images.
Bush Tucker and Medicine from Black Harry Country and Surrounding Districts
Top – Yam Daisy – Vegetable that sustained First Nations people on Country, it was a staple of the local diet for Ngambri and Ngunnawal peoples, and was renowned as a food staple for First Nations people further afield.
Centre – Canberra Bluebell - When they flower is the time for harvesting Bogong moths. This coincides with ceremonies, known as ‘running to the feast’, recognition of the transition from young boys to men, and bringing together clans for cultural exchange ceremonies including marriage.
Bottom – Bush tucker gathering, mixture of herbs and other plant life.
This painting was created by Dr Matilda House, Ngambri-Ngunnawal elder, and students from the ANU College of Business and Economics (CBE) on 6 August 2019. The painting project acknowledges and celebrates the First Australians of the ACT region and pays respect to elders past, present and emerging.
A project of the CBE Reconciliation Action Plan Committee.
Committee Chair: Mr Richard Farran