First Peoples

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Artwork by Glenn Barry

We provide a culturally safe environment for our students, staff and communities through recognition of our First Peoples—Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

We also promote reconciliation, respect, education and engagement.

Griffith has the largest Indigenous-student population of any Queensland university, and the second largest number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academic staff in Australia.

Through our work with Indigenous Elders, we continue to develop Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement strategies and partnerships for community empowerment, as well as a curriculum informed by respect for the knowledge systems of our First Peoples.

Our Indigenous research development also aims to further the aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Acknowledgement of Country

Griffith University acknowledges the people who are the traditional custodians of the land, pays respect to the Elders, past and present, and extends that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Family groups

South Bank, Nathan and Mount Gravatt campuses are situated on the land of the Yugarabul, Yuggera, Jagera and Turrbal peoples. Logan is situated on the land of the Yuggera, Turrbal, Yugarabul, Jagera and Yugambeh peoples. The Gold Coast is situated on the land of the Yugambeh/Kombumerri peoples.

Uncle Graham Dillon

Council of Elders

Griffith’s Council of Elders provides leadership and direction to the University on issues of importance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Council of Elders also helps strengthen relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, and promote a spirit of reconciliation and respect.

Find out more about the Council of Elders

First Peoples scholarships

We have a variety of scholarships open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. These range from academic, accommodation and sporting scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Learn more about Scholarships

Harrison Boney

Artwork and corporate designs

Indigenous art and design features across our University.

GUMURRII

GUMURRII is a dedicated student support unit for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Learn more about GUMURRII

ICEPP

The Office of Indigenous Community Engagement, Policy and Partnerships provides the University advice and direction in Indigenous higher education.

Learn more about ICEPP

Indigenous Research Unit

Our Indigenous Research Unit supports and facilitates research relevant to and prioritised by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The Unit also aims to influence policy to improve socio­economic conditions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to further the aspirations of communities.

Learn more about the Indigenous Research Unit

First Peoples Health Unit

The First Peoples Health Unit is committed to increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student success towards a more highly skilled, highly educated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce.

Learn more aboutFirst Peoples Health Unit

Teaching and learning

Our innovative teaching methods and learning experiences set us apart