Indigenous Knowledges Symposium

Thursday, 24 June 2021 - 1:00pm (AEST)
CAUL Business

Day 1: 24 June 2021, 1pm-3pm AEST

Day 2: 1 July 2021, 1pm-3pm AEST

Online via Zoom


View the Program (draft)

About the Event

Respecting Indigenous Knowledge is one of CAUL's four strategic themes for 2020-2022. CAUL is developing a program of work that will further our collective understanding of Indigenous knowledge, and to acknowledge and promote Indigenous culture, language, knowledge, artefacts, documents and records in library collections.

The Indigenous Knowledges Symposium will be held over two days in June and July 2021. The Symposium will bring together practitioners from Australia and New Zealand to share good practice, discuss challenges, and prompt reflection on how academic libraries can work to embed a culture of respect for and recognition of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori and Pasifika knowledge. 

The program has been designed to initiate dialogue about how academic libraries are responding and how we can work together as a community to embrace this strategic theme.

Day 1 will feature a keynote in addition to presentations from university libraries in Australia and New Zealand about their work in the Indigenous knowledges space.

Day 2 will include a keynote and a panel of Indigenous library staff from CAUL and CONZUL member institutions, who will share their insights about Indigenous knowledge work and their experiences working in university libraries.

Following the event, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on and critically engage with issues related to Respecting Indigenous Knowledge through an online questionnaire, which will ultimately inform the development of CAUL's agenda for work in this area.

The program will be available shortly.


Registration is open now via Eventbrite:

Please note: Attendees must register separately for Day 1 and Day 2.

Event Organisers

  • Constance Wiebrands - CAUL Program Director for Respecting Indigenous Knowledge, Edith Cowan University
  • Teresa Chitty - University of Adelaide
  • Helen Hooper - James Cook University
  • Lisa McIntosh - University of Sydney
  • Carmel O’Sullivan - University of Southern Queensland
  • Kim Tairi - Auckland University of Technology


Contact the CAUL National Office.

Author Kate Davis
Last modified 10 June 2021