Indigenous education is identified as a priority area in the Academic Plan 2011-2015. It is a vital part of RMIT's learning and teaching activities, with substantial numbers of Indigenous students enrolled in TAFE and Higher Education programs, and Indigenous perspectives explored in various curricula.
There are important protocols to consider when conducting learning and teaching with:
- Indigenous people
- Indigenous communities and community organisations
- Indigenous subject matter, issues and contexts.
Be aware that as a non Indigenous person you can have opinions about Indigenous matters, but you cannot speak from an Indigenous perspective. Also be aware that Indigenous people and organisations receive many calls for advice and assistance on projects. When thinking about working with Indigenous people, consider how you might be able to reciprocate for the time and effort given by Indigenous people for your project ie how can your work benefit the Indigenous people and organisations assisting you?
In order to follow these protocols, it is best that you seek advice from appropriate Indigenous people or organisations on the ethical merit of your work if you are including Indigenous themes or content. If you are a RMIT staff member or student you should first contact the University's Ngarara Willim Indigenous Centre for advice.
Staff should also refer to the Guide to Inclusive Teaching.