Cultural recognition

Possum skin cloak 

Acknowledgement of the contribution of Indigenous culture, knowledge and values is a crucial step in building respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.  The University is committed to creating opportunities for students, staff and the broader community to gain an understanding of the contemporary, historical and traditional culture, knowledge and values of Indigenous peoples and the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.


2014 Narrm Orator Prof Linda Smith

A different way of knowing

The Narrm Oration profiles leading Indigenous thinkers who bring a global perspective to enriching our vision for Indigenous Australia. The 2014 Oration was delivered by Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith on 'Indigenous knowledges and how they help us think about the future'.

Noel Pearson - 2014 Dungala Kaiela oration 

Dungala Kaiela Oration delivered on Country

The Dungala Kaiela Oration has brought big business and fine minds to the Goulburn Valley for the past 5 years to promote both cultural and economic development in the Goulburn Valley Region.  For the 2014 oration, Noel Pearson was welcomed onto Yorta Yorta land.

River red gums, stop 3 on Billibellary's walk

Take a walk in Billibellary's steps

Long before British colonisation, the land on which the University of Melbourne's Parkville campus now stands was the preserve of a proud people who lived and harvested in sync with six distinct seasons. It's now possible to take a tour of the campus in the footsteps of our Wurundjeri predecessors.


 2013 Raka Award winner Mabel Juli with Joanna Bosse

Warmun Elder wins the 2013 RAKA Award

The annual Kate Challis RAKA Award was established in 1988 by the late Professor Emeritus Bernard Smith to honour the memory of his late wife, Kate Challis. The $25,000 prize is offered to various artistic disciplines in a five-year cycle: creative prose, drama, scriptwriting, poetry and visual arts.

The 2013 award was won by respected Gija Elder Mabel Juli from Warmun in the East Kimberley


Professor Anderson and Professor Langton with possum skin cloak

 Solemn recognition for Melbourne's first Indigenous medical graduate

A possum skin cloak, a rare and significant cultural gift representing Wurundjeri traditions ,was presented to the University as part of the medical faculty's 160th celebrations



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