About the collaboration

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

About the collaboration

The ISRC explores the challenges that lie at the heart of relations between Indigenous and settler Australians. In the wake of government rejection of the Uluru Statement from the Heart (270kb pdf), the ISRC looks to expand public and official understanding of these challenges, and explore what might inform, shape and give life to more just relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia have articulated the challenges at the heart of Indigenous-settler relations as concerning Voice, Treaty, and Truth. The research produced through this collaboration will be guided by these pillars and will engage with these challenges by exploring three central questions:

  • How can Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples assume a more respected and influential public voice in Australia’s social and political life, especially with regard to the policies and programs that affect them? (Voice)
  • How can structural reform in the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the Australian state and its peoples be achieved? (Treaty)
  • How might an enriched understanding of our shared and contested histories shape contemporary Indigenous-settler relations? (Truth)

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Wurundjeri peoples

To find out more about the Wurundjeri peoples, please visit the Wurundjeri Tribe Council website.

Wurundjeri Tribe Council website

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