CASS has begun work on a project that aims to institutionalise transformative reconciliation through organisational cultural change across the College. This project will bring to fruition a key objective of the CASS RAP Sub-Committee to embed Indigenous knowledges, perspectives and content in the CASS Curriculum as part of progressing CASS’ contribution to the ANU RAP. It furthers the College achieving the objective of the ANU RAP by focussing on four key activities:
CASS is committed to improving engagement with Indigenous Australians in line with the forthcoming ANU Reconciliation Action Plan. To work towards this vision the College will develop its own reconciliation action plan in response to the ANU Reconciliation Action Plan. The College has a history of engaging in University initiatives to promote reconciliation and has the longest-running RAP Sub-Committee on campus. We encourage you to read the previous CASS Reconciliation Action Plan and engage in these important topics with us as we develop a vision for increasing engagement. The CASS Reconciliation Action Plan Sub-Committee meet at least quarterly and report on progress throughout the year.
We acknowledge and celebrate the First Australians on whose traditional lands we meet, and pay our respect to the elders past, present and emerging.
Members of this subcommittee are:
- Associate Professor Deirdre Howard-Wagner
- Dr Malcom Allbrook (RSSS Academic Representative)
- Dr Kirrily Jordan (RSSS Academic Representative)
- Dr Amanda Stuart (Early Career Researcher)
- Ms Aileen Walsh (HDR Student Representative)
- Ms Karen Ford (Diversity Network Representative)
- Dr Bonnie McConnell (RSHA Academic Member)
- Dr Carmel O'Shannessy (RSHA Academic Member)
- Mr Wayne Barlow (Masters by Coursework Student Representative)
- Mr Katchmirr Russell (Undergraduate Student Representative)
- Ms Sian Hicks (Professional Staff Member)
- Ms Courtney Hope (Committee Secretary)
The College's commitment to reconciliation is broad in scope. Below we list some important information and some of our most obvious and targeted activities.
CASS is proud of the commitment that staff and students have made towards the ANU Reconciliation Action Plan in 2018 and 2019. There are a number of projects within the College that are designed to assist in the implementation of the RAP, and there are many exciting initiatives underway, including:
Indigenous Professionals Trainees Program
The College HR team made a successful application to the inaugural ANU Indigenous Professional Staff Grants Program in 2018. The funding will support a new Indigenous Traineeship Program which is at implementation stage; two trainees will be hosted on a rotational program across different work areas for a twelve-month period with placements to be coordinated through an expression of interest process. Trainees will be sourced through a preferred ANU provider; the Australian Training Company and will undertake a Certificate III in Business while employed as a trainee. It is hoped that this program may provide a pathway to further career opportunities in CASS or the Education sector more broadly.
In addition to other scholarships, Graduate Students in CASS may also apply for the following scholarships and prizes:
- The CASS Indigenous Australian Graduate Scholarship
- The Indigenous Music School Higher Degree Research Endowment Scholarship.
- Ken Wanganeen Scholarship supported by the Ken Wanganeen endowment (to support internships or course-work programs).
- Joseph & Lindsay Croft Memorial Scholarship to assist an undergraduate Indigenous Australian students to undertake an approved program of study
CASS is also the recipient of a number of endowments specific to Indigenous research teaching and engagement. They are:
- Indigenous Australian Languages Endowment to support a half-time lectureship
- CAEPR Indigenous Visiting Fellow Scheme.
- The Minoru Hokari Memorial Scholarship for fieldwork in Indigenous History.
- The Anthony Forge Prize — The Forge Endowment to support a graduate student scholarship and/or publication subsidies for researchers (Indigenous arts and museology).
Study and Research Options
Undergraduate Students may undertake a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Indigenous Studies.
Graduate Students can specialise in Indigenous Policy within the Master of Applied Anthropology and Development.
Graduate Research Students may also investigate Indigenous topics under the supervision of many experts within our college across the disciplines.
In addition CASS hosts two world class research centres:
- Australian Centre for Indigenous History (ACIH)
- Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR)
Acknowledgment of Country
It is university policy to begin all public events with an acknowledgment of traditional owners or a Welcome to Country.
The official wording for all ANU Acknowledgment of Country is:
We acknowledge and celebrate the First Australians on whose traditional lands we meet and work, and whose cultures are among the oldest continuing cultures in human history.
Ethical Research Guidelines
All researchers should be aware of the following ethical research guidelines:
- ANU Responsible Conduct of Research
- Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Guidelines for Ethical Research in Australian Indigenous Studies
- Australian Research Council Codes and Guidelines for Ethical Research
All staff are encouraged to undertake Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training. ANU Pulse provides staff and students access to free self-paced online learning course which can be completed at any time.
Other important centres at the ANU
For more information on reconciliation aims and activities in the College of Arts and Social Science contact the committee secretary Ms Courtney Hope or the committee chair Associate Professor Deirdre Howard-Wagner.