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National Reconciliation Week

Thu 27 May – Thu 3 Jun 2021

National Reconciliation Week plays an integral role in the University’s cultural life. It is a time to reflect on our action towards achieving reconciliation and for celebrating the voices and influence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across our campuses.

This year, the theme “More than a word: Reconciliation takes action”, urges us to move towards braver and more impactful action.

We recognise the path to reconciliation is a collective responsibility, and as such, we are pleased to have recently launched the One Sydney, Many People Strategy (2021-2024).

This whole-of-University commitment to developing stronger and more accountable partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and our broader community is the foundation of long-term, achievable and sustained change towards reconciliation.

We invite our community to join us in our commitment by improving your cultural competence, learning about the action we are taking as a University and learning about the significance of repatriation for reconciliaton.

The Journey Home: Reconciliation through repatriation

Hosted by Larissa Behrendt, panellists Laura McBride, Matt Poll, and Lyndon Ormond-Parker discuss how returning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage material and ancestral remains to Australia is a meaningful and important action in reconciliation.

About the panellists

Larissa Behrendt is the Distinguished Professor at the University of Technology Sydney and at the Director of Research and Academic Programs Jumbunna Institute of Indigenous Education and Research and the host of Speaking Out on ABC Radio.

Wailwan and Kooma woman Laura McBride is Director, First Nations at the Australian Museum (AM), and has played a pivotal role in planning and actioning the vision for the AM to move beyond its colonial past towards a more connected future with First Nations stakeholders and knowledge-holders.

Matt Poll has worked in museums and art galleries for nearly 20 years. For the past seven years, he has been the Assistant Curator of the Macleay Museum Indigenous Heritage Collections as well as the University of Sydney Repatriation Project Officer.

Dr Lyndon Ormond-Parker is currently an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies, Australian National University.

He was born in Darwin and of Alyawarra decent from the Barkly tablelands region of the Northern Territory. Lyndon has been involved in advocacy, policy development, research and negotiations at the local, national and international level focused on Indigenous communities in the area of information technology, cultural heritage, materials conservation and repatriation.  

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