Statement of Reconciliation
Edith Cowan University recognises that a significant outcome of European settlement has been the social, political, economic and educational disadvantage suffered by many Indigenous people in Australia. The University acknowledges and regrets that the dispossession of Indigenous Australians and the separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families has accentuated these disadvantages. Accordingly, the University embraces and is committed to "a united Australia, which represents this land of ours; values the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage; and provides justice and equity for all ¹ ". The University has a commitment to cultural diversity and a respect for Indigenous people and does not tolerate racism, prejudice and harassment of any sort.
Since 1976, Edith Cowan University has developed and supported programmes to facilitate participation by Indigenous students in University education and established Kurongkurl Katitjin, School of Indigenous Australian Studies, under the guidance of an Aboriginal Consultative Council. The University will continue to promote and raise the profile of Kurongkurl Katitjin at both the national and international levels. The University will also seek ways to introduce an Indigenous perspective across University programmes and policies, including the appointment and advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff. Strategies will be implemented to make University programmes more accessible and appropriate for Indigenous students.
Edith Cowan University expresses its commitment to reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and has articulated this commitment in its Strategic Plan through:
- its continuing commitment to equity and access through the provision of enabling courses for Indigenous students;
- the identification of strategies to address retention and success rates among its Indigenous students;
- the acknowledgement and support of cultural and social commitments of Indigenous students;
- the continuation of mentor programmes between staff and students; and
- increasing the number of Indigenous members of staff ².
The University is committed to implementing appropriate recommendations and strategies in National Reports on Indigenous Education that enhance the educational advancement of Indigenous Australians.
Edith Cowan University is and remains committed to working collaboratively and in partnership with the Indigenous Australian Community in a spirit of cooperation and reconciliation.
Professor Millicent E Poole
25 May 1998
1. Australian Reconciliation Convention 26-28 May 1997, Melbourne
2. The Edith Cowan University Strategic Plan 1998-2002, April 1998