Join Dr. Sadie Heckenberg, Academic Director (Indigenous Research) and a Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Fellow within the Moondani Toombadool Centre at Swinburne University of Technology, for this keynote presentation provided as part of RMIT's Social Change Symposium.
As Indigenous peoples, our cultural connectedness is intertwined by oral histories and sharing knowledges from generation to generation. Present-day knowledge systems are interwoven with ways of being that has been handed down to us, continuing to bring life to our community narratives, maintaining connection to country and the customs, beliefs and values of our old people, our Elders and Ancestors. Knowledge shared within families and communities, ensures ‘ways of being, knowing and doing’ remain connected and protected in an ever-changing world. These knowledges and way of doing, though, have been the topic of research for many non-Indigenous researchers and practices of knowledge appropriation from Indigenous nations still occur.
As such when we enact social change, when we restructure and re-think our ways of being as researchers and institutions, it is vital that ethical research structures to protect and empower Indigenous communities are embedded in institutions, that non-Indigenous researchers uphold cultural respect, and that Cultural Safety is ensured.Cultural Safety being ingrained within ethical research practices, and the significant place of the performative aspects of research, can ensure Indigenous knowledge is protected within a research environment, that research brings true beneficence to Indigenous communities and that voices and values of Elders remain empowered and self-determined. Research relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples built as equal partnerships from initial engagement create dynamic, innovative and impactful outcomes for all.
This presentation will be held in the Green Brain conference rooms of Storey Hall, Building 16, Level 7, Rooms 7-8, RMIT University City Campus.
The keynote address will run from 5pm - 6pm followed by light refreshments in the foyer.
The presentation is part of RMIT's inaugural Social Change Symposium, running 21-25 November 2022. This week-long program of events will explore the theme of transformative research practice for real world change and will feature special guests Dr Sadie Heckenberg (Swinburne University of Technology) and Professor Richard Watermeyer (University of Bristol). Registrations for the keynote presentations are now open and all are welcome to attend.
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.