ANU is contributing to the national reconciliation process and the aspirations of local Indigenous communities.
Our vision is for an Australia that provides equal chances for all, while recognising and respecting the special place, culture and contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians.
We will work to further scholarly learning, research and public knowledge of Indigenous issues.
ANU has developed its own Reconciliation Action Plan, a whole-of-institution approach to enhancing broad engagement with Indigenous education, research, employment and culture.
This plan is part of a national program led by Reconciliation Australia. We are proud to be part of this program, which is committed in part to closing the unacceptable gaps, in particular in socioeconomic outcomes, between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Indigenous Acknowledgement of Country and Welcome to Country
As part of its Reconciliation Action Plan, ANU has committed to 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 respects to the elders of the Ngunnawal people past and present.
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.
ANU Council has approved wording to accompany publications and websites which feature images of Indigenous people. The wording to be used is:
“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.”
Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Reconciliation: Students
Entries are now being called for two awards (1 x undergraduate, 1 x postgraduate) for creative works by ANU students demonstrating a commitment to Reconciliation.
Significant dates 2013
Monday 25 November
Annual Reconciliation Lecture (PDF, 709KB)
Sunday 26 May
National Sorry Day
Monday 27 May – Monday 3 June
National Reconciliation Week
Monday 3 June
Sunday 7 – Sunday 14 July
Sunday 4 August
National Aboriginal & Islander Childrens Day
Friday 9 August
International Day of World’s Indigenous People