About the collaboration

The Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung Peoples of the Kulin Nation as the traditional owners of the unceded land on which the University stands and respectfully recognise Elders past and present.

About the collaboration

The ISRC is a multi-disciplinary research unit devoted to exploring the challenges that lie at the heart of relations between Indigenous and settler Australians.

In the wake of government rejection of the 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart (270kb pdf), the Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration (ISRC) looks to expand public and official understanding of these challenges. We work in partnership with a range of Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations in Australia, using our networks and expertise to explore what might inform, shape and give life to more just relations between Indigenous and settler peoples.

Our focus on relationality is a deliberate move away from a critical interrogation of settler colonialism’s impact upon Indigenous peoples, or scholarship which speaks back to the settler state. Rather, our intention is to contrast and augment these approaches through an exploration of the social, legal and political conditions though which relations between Indigenous and settler peoples manifest.

The collaboration is comprised of a core research team and a network of established scholars from a wide range of disciplines. Together, the ISRC undertake projects, produce publications, as well as host and facilitate public and institutional events and workshops, all of which engage with the challenges of Indigenous-settler relations.

We are currently guided by three research priorities:

  • Indigenous Futures
  • Economic Sovereignty
  • Treaty

If you are interested in finding out more, making use of our research services, or proposing a partnership project with us, please email i-src@unimelb.edu.au.

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Wurundjeri peoples

Guided by a place-based ethic, the ISRC is committed to developing the University’s relationship with Wurundjeri. To find out more about the Wurundjeri peoples, please visit the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Corporation website.

Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Corporation website

Image credit: Nick D. The Australian Aboriginal Flag, Torres Strait Islander Flag and the Australian flag being flown outside Parliament House to mark NAIDOC week. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

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