Full course description
Australia is a nation with an unresolved tension at its core. Its history of colonial dispossession has left a hidden wound running through the national identity – even today many Australians still do not understand its consequences on the nation’s Indigenous people.
RMIT is looking to play a leading role in creating a new relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia through the Bundyi Girri project. This is an RMIT initiative that aims to transform the cultural values of the University. With its name taken from the Wiradjuri words for ‘shared future’, the project aims to create an environment where all non-Indigenous staff and students, foreign and domestic, can understand their place in a shared journey of reconciliation.
This course serves as an introduction for RMIT staff to Bundyi Girri, by providing an overview of the different ways that colonial dynamics have shaped, and continue to shape, Aboriginal and non-Indigenous relations, the importance of recognising Aboriginal sovereignty, and the importance of thinking critically about how this knowledge relates to self.