First Peoples: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
Griffith University's 5 campuses are situated on the traditional land of a number of Australian First Peoples. The Nathan, Mount Gravatt, and South Bank campuses (Queensland Conservatorium and Queensland College of Art) are positioned within the traditional area (inner Brisbane) of the Yugarabul, Yuggera, Jagera and Turrbal peoples. To the south of Brisbane City, the Logan campus is situated on the land of the Yuggera, Turrbal, Yugarabul, Jagera and Yugambeh peoples. And further south again, the Gold Coast campus is placed on the land of the Yugambeh / Kombumerri peoples. Griffith University acknowledges all these First Peoples and all the First Peoples of Australia as the Traditional Custodians of the Land.
The growth of Griffith University's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student population has been reflected in the responsive growth of the organisation's practices and policies in relation to Australia's First Peoples. In 2010, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Council of Elders was established to advise and guide the organisation in promoting cultural understanding and mutual respect between First Peoples and non-Indigenous people at Griffith and in the wider community. The Griffith University Elders have acknowledged the progressiveness of a wide-range of Griffith University initiatives. These include the establishment of the Gumurrii Student Support Unit, the Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art program, the establishment of the Cape York Institute in Far North Queensland, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy, and the Indigenous Law Student program.
Griffith University's commitment to supporting First Peoples is also represented in a number of other areas. The organisation remains strongly committed to the process of reconciliation with Australia's First Peoples and in May 2007, launched its Statement of Reconciliation which is further enhanced in the Reconciliation Action Plan 2012-2015, which was formaly launched in September 2012.
The Griffith University Art Collection maintained by Griffith Artworks has a significant holding of paintings and works on paper by First Australian artists and increasing the collection of traditional Australian artworks remains a priority. In the area of research, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Research Network provides postgraduate research opportunities and career support for the University's scholars including the promotion and dissemination of scholarly publications completed by indigenous Australians.
For more information visit Griffith's First Peoples web page.