Return. Reconcile. Renew. The Repatriation of Old People.

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Ailie Smith & Annelie de Villiers
eScholarship Research Centre

The repatriation of Old People is an extraordinary Indigenous achievement and inter-cultural development of the past 40 years. Return, Reconcile, Renew is an international project involving four Australian universities, AIATSIS, the Ministry for the Arts, the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre, the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority, National Museum of Australia, University of Otago, Association on American Indian Affairs, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and Gur A Baradharaw Kod Torres Strait Sea and Land Council. The project is providing new knowledge of repatriation, its history and effects. Importantly it involves community-based research and practice exploring the effects of repatriation, and the current and future role of repatriation in community development. 

In this talk we report on key aspects of the creation of a knowledge base related to the removal and repatriation of Old People, namely; intellectual property, self-determination and the use of sustainable technologies.

Ailie Smith is a Senior Research Archivist at the eScholarship Research Centre. Her work includes documenting archival collections, building and maintaining databases, and the development and implementation of database outputs, including online content.  Ailie started her career in archives at the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, the predecessor of the ESRC. She received the Australian Academy of Science’s Moran Award for History of Science Research in 2012.

Annelie de Villiers has worked as an Assistant Research Archivist at The University of Melbourne's eScholarship Research Centre (ESRC) since 2014. Annelie is a research assistant on the ARC linkage project Return, Reconcile, Renew: understanding the history, effects and opportunities of repatriation and building an evidence base for the future; and is currently facilitating the co-creation of Stolen Generations content for the Find and Connect Web Resource.

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