Indigenous Knowledges Symposium

Thursday, 1 July 2021
CAUL Business

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

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

Online via Zoom


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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.


Presentation Slides

Finding Treasures, Building Walls: Indigenous stories in the collection and history of JCU Library
Bronwyn McBurnie, James Cook University
Bronwyn Mathiesen, James Cook University

Building Capability, Signalling Commitment, Sharing Knowledge
Renee Johnson, The University of Adelaide
Kylie Percival, The University of Adelaide

Yalbilinya Birrang (Learn Journey): The University of Sydney Library Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Protocols
Nathan “mudyi” Sentance, Australian Museum
Dr Antonia Mocatta, The University of Sydney

Indigenising the Academy: a Libraries and Learning Approach to Decolonising our Services, Spaces and Staff
Abigail McClutchie, The University of Auckland
Chris Moselen, The University of Auckland

Professor Braden Hill, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Equity and Indigenous) & Head of KurongkurlKatitjin(Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research), Edith Cowan University

The Ripple Effect: Small Changes Leading to Meaningful Impact
Maureen Bezanson, Southern Cross University
Claire Ovaska, James Cook University
Mia Strasek-Barker, The University of Queensland

Cultural Safety: Walking the Talk in Our National, State and Territory Libraries
Dr Barbara Lemon, National and State Libraries Australia

Shared Resources

View the shared resources document, which contains links shared by speakers and posted in the chat during the event.

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
  • Kate Davis - Council of Australian University Librarians
Author Kate Davis
Last modified 20 July 2021