To achieve equitable educational and social outcomes, and life pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, we recognise the need for strengths-based, culturally responsive and community-led research.
We share a commitment to prioritising Aboriginal representation in inquiry involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, histories, cultures and knowledges. From the position of this research collective, improved futures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples require evidence generated through the active leadership, guidance and agency of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and a critical review of what constitutes evidence in a range of other contexts.
This approach continues to redress research histories that have caused harm to Aboriginal communities, through underrepresentation or misrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ contributions.
Our current areas of focus include:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education including culturally responsive pedagogies and the decolonising and Indigenising of curriculum
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges, including histories, languages, cultures and cosmologies; political, social and intellectual movements; artistic and literary creations
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Education including culturally responsive language maintenance and revitalisation strategies
Indigenous research methodologies
improving research practices associated with Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property, ethics, sovereignty and cultural safety
Aboriginal research-informed policy and legislation as it impacts on social determinants.
These priorities aim to contribute to improving social and emotional wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
Hero image credit: Artwork and image by Associate Professor Lynette Riley.