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Indigenous Australian Studies

Welcome to the Indigenous Australian Studies guide

Acknowledgement of Country

Dubbo campus Reconciliation Garden containing native bush and medicinal plants

We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of the lands on which we live and work together. Charles Sturt University and its staff pay respect to Elders within First Nations communities and acknowledge the continuity of cultures, languages, leadership and knowledge systems.

We acknowledge First Nations peoples continuous connection to Country, recognising the unique, diverse identities and cultures of peoples in our communities, regions and nation. As such, we value the collaboration to strongly position First Nations peoples in our university, through languages, leadership, cultures, knowledges, research and ceremonies.

Cultural warning

The Library advises First Nations peoples that our collection may contain images, voices and names of people who have passed, in printed and online material, film, websites and audio-visual materials. 

The Library respects First Nations communities and cultures and warns users that some material in our collection may be considered insensitive, inappropriate, or outdated today. These items reflect the attitude of the author or the period in which they were written, and do not represent the views of the Library.

The Library uses First Nations subject headings from the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) when describing our resources. We thank AIATSIS for this valuable knowledge.

Truth telling

First Nations peoples have long called for a comprehensive process of truth telling about Australia’s history. Truth telling is a process where communities work together to mark previously untold and unrecognised parts of our history.

Telling the truth about our history not only brings to light colonial conflict and dispossession, but also acknowledges the strength and resilience of all First Nations peoples and cultures.

For more information about truth telling, please check out the following websites:

Continuing impacts of colonisation

Use the links below to learn more about how the lives of First Nations peoples today are affected by what has happened to them and their ancestors over the past 230 years since Europeans arrived:

Charles Sturt University acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands on which its campuses are located, paying respect to Elders, both past and present, and extend that respect to all First Nations Peoples.Acknowledgement of Country

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