Watch a video describing the importance of Indigenous Knowledge to urban environments.
Watch Jason Barrow, co-chair of the CAUL Hub’s Indigenous Advisory Group introduce the Hub’s Indigenous Engagement and Participation strategy.

Research of the CAUL Hub: Indigenous Research Protocols Workshop from CAUL on Vimeo.

Indigenous Engagement Program

Under the guidance of its Indigenous Advisory Group and a wide network of Indigenous contributors, CAUL is working to develop a cross-cultural and cross discipline approach to Caring for Country in cities. In developing our research plans, CAUL is asking the question: Given thousands of years of caring for country in places we now call cities, how can city decisions better include Traditional Custodians, Indigenous knowledge and cultures in future city planning?

Indigenous Engagement and Participation Strategy (IEPS)

CAUL‘s approach to communication and knowledge translation includes three phases Awareness, Engagement and Transformation, and these are included in the Hub’s Indigenous Engagement and Participation Strategy (IEPS). An evolving strategy since 2015, work has been undertaken to increase awareness of and with CAUL’s researchers and stakeholders towards collaboration and co-design of urban research projects with Indigenous Australians. From mid 2016, the engagement phase determined that all of CAUL’s research projects must consider the level of Indigenous engagement and participation in all activities undertaken. As we enter the transformation phase, CAUL’s IEPS aims for greater impact in our cities as project teams learn more about Indigenous ways of understanding urban environments, and as such we are focussing on Indigenous led or co-designed research.

The CAUL Hub Indigenous Engagement and Participation Strategy can be downloaded here – noting that it is an evolving document which has annual priorities and projects determined by the Indigenous Advisory Group. A summary of our approach and our 3 category approach to our research activities can be downloaded here

The CAUL Hub is advised by a group of Indigenous Australian leaders from around Australia. These include members of the CAUL Hub Indigenous Advisory Group. Details of the CAUL Hub Indigenous Advisory Group can be found here. We also work with Traditional Custodians on lands our research takes place and Indigenous consultants, facilitators, graphic designers, film makers, caterers, ecologists, venues, writers, educators, cultural competency experts, designers, communications experts and others to deliver or develop our initiatives under the IEPS.

In 2015, Caring for Country – an urban perspective was an initiative the CAUL Hub developed in partnership with Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria and the Monash Sustainability Institute, as we began to develop our Indigenous Engagement and Participation Strategy. The current version of the Caring for Country: An Urban Application report can be downloaded here.

We have a video and report on a workshop held in October 2015. Both of these contain valuable discussions and material for researchers and practitioners working in or for Australian cities, including a summary of a process towards the development of an Indigenous Research Protocol for research into sustainable urban landscapes.

From 2018 CAUL will be working with Jirra Lulla-Harvey of Kalinya Communications to tell the stories of CAUL’s Indigenous engagement and participation processes, research, activities from an Indigenous perspective.

CAUL presentations, events and publications on our IEP activities:

  • Questions from Indigenous Science Conversations in National Science Week
  • Indigenous Science Conversations in National Science Week 2018
  • Flipping the Table: Toward an Indigenous-led Research Agenda - Interim Report
  • 2018 NAIDOC Week Urban Beat
  • NESP Indigenous Science Conversations in National Science Week
  • List of ATSI Books for Children, compiled by Indigenous Knowledge Broker Zena Cumpston
  • 2018 Melbourne Knowledge Week - Indigenous Perspectives in City Planning
  • 2018 IUPAC International Conference on Chemistry Education - Jindaola: Embedding Aboriginal knowledges in a tertiary chemistry course
  • 2017/8 MPavilion MTalk – Indigenous Knowledge and Nature in our cities [video of Djirri Djirri Dance Group] [video of panel discussion]
  • 2017 NAIDOC Week Urban Beat
  • 2017 AIATSIS National Indigenous Research Conference
  • 2016 International Association for Public Participation conference, Adelaide
  • 2015/6 MPavilion MTalk – Future Cities Aboriginal Knowledge
  • For more details contact Dr Cathy Oke, Knowledge Broker, or Zena Cumpston, Indigenous Knowledge Broker.