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At Griffith, we have a strong vision for reconciliation
We acknowledge the wisdom inherent in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians as the oldest surviving culture in the world, and recognise their custodianship of the land on which our campuses are located. Griffith strives to be a place where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are valued and respected, and where First Australian Peoples’ cultures and knowledges form an integral part of our vision for learning, teaching, research and community engagement. We also recognise reconciliation is a shared process and that every student and staff member has a role to play in effecting positive change for a better, more inclusive Australia.
Statement on Reconciliation
In May 2007, Griffith launched its Statement on Reconciliation—a public declaration of our commitment to promoting an environment valuing the traditions, protocols and contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Key reconciliation themes
We’ve aligned Reconciliation Australia’s key themes of relationships, respect and opportunity in contributing to a better-reconciled Australia to our strategic goals.
Bringing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader Australian community together, focusing on communication and better partnerships.
Celebrating and embracing First Australian People’s history cultures and achievements, increasing understanding through cross-cultural learning. Acknowledging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protocols such as Acknowledgement of Country and Welcome to Country. Supporting all staff to participate in NAIDOC week activities.
Creating sustainable opportunities in employment, training and supplier diversity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Providing meaningful opportunities will contribute to supporting stronger health, education and economic outcomes.
Development of our first RAP began in 2010, building on work conducted in creating our Reconciliation Statement. The process involved hundreds of staff and students—Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous. The work was guided by University committees and the Griffith University Council of Elders, and developed in consultation with Reconciliation Australia.
See dates and events of cultural significance
Walk the path to reconciliation with the help of these handy resources
Walk and Talk 2016
In acknowledgement of National Sorry Day each year, our GUMURRI Student Support Unit organises Walk and Talk events that bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff and students in a spirit of reconciliation. This day acknowledges the Stolen Generations (Indigenous Australians forcibly removed from their families and communities), and promotes a process of recognition, respect and healing.
Griffith acknowledges the 2008 Apology to Australia's Indigenous peoples, which honours the country’s First Peoples and apologises for their past mistreatments
As Chancellor of Griffith University, I am proud that this institution has a large and growing cohort of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and alumni, whose achievements reach across every discipline—Arts, Education and Law, Sciences, Health and Business.
Please call Shane Barnes on (07) 3735 4736 or send an email regarding any enquiries.
Share Our Pride
We encourage all Griffith University staff and students to stay informed about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander matters, and recommend exploring information on Reconciliation Australia’s Share Our Pride website.