As Australia’s Academy of the Humanities, we are intent on listening to and learning from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In our brief fifty-year history, we have not always got it right. In the wake of the Referendum result, we reaffirm our commitment to walk together for a better future.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experience, knowledges and practices are intrinsic to Australia’s national story and our shared future prosperity.
The Academy is committed to strengthening support for Indigenous scholarship. We are also committed to the Indigenous-led establishment of a new disciplinary section within the Academy for Indigenous Studies, which will come into being in November this year.
We thank the many Fellows of our Academy who have contributed to recent referendum debates and discussions, and to those who will contribute to the process of understanding and healing that must follow.
The Academy will continue to embrace the call for action outlined in the Uluru Statement from the Heart; and to listen attentively and learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as our society charts a path forward.