Our commitment to reconciliation
Macquarie University is committed to creating opportunities that promote, strengthen and enrich the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
We recognise that education is a powerful vehicle for change not only for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students but also for their families and communities. As such, the University is strongly committed to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander access, participation and success. This is achieved through a long-standing dedication to Aboriginal outreach, engagement and employment.
About Walanga Muru
Walanga Muru means ‘follow your path’ in the language of the local Darug People.
At Walanga Muru, Macquarie University’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Engagement and Strategy Office, we seek to engage and assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to choose the right path, to navigate the obstacles and challenges of life, to emerge as strong resilient leaders. This analogy is mirrored through the Wallumai, the Black Snapper fish, a totem gifted to Walanga Muru by the Darug Community.
"The Wallumai is a shy but clever fish, who uses the shadows and patterns created by the mangroves to protect the younger fish. The mangroves are their nursery, their school and their home. The mangroves represent life - the obstacles and tangles that we need to navigate. Once we learn the right path to take, we are safe in that knowledge and in our lives. At Walanga Muru, we seek to assist our students to navigate the obstacles and tangles of life, to emerge as strong, resilient leaders for the future." – Auntie Kerrie Kenton
Macquarie University Reconciliation Action Plan
Macquarie University is proud to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which our campus sits – the Wattamattagal Clan of the Darug Nation – and is dedicated to embeding our relationship with local Aboriginal communities within the University’s culture.
As part of that commitment, Macquarie University has launched our Reconciliation Action Plan. Through this we will build stronger, positive and sustainable relationships with our local Aboriginal Community and find pathways to reflect and include Indigenous knowledge in our teaching and research, while increasing the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in campus life – whether as students or staff.
Macquarie University Indigenous Strategy 2016 – 2025
The Indigenous Strategy 2016 – 2025 takes a long-term view and aligns with existing Macquarie University frameworks and strategic plans to enhance our aspiration to achieve Indigenous excellence. The strategy provides a coherent vision for Macquarie University’s future across the major activities that lead to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander success. The strategy is underpinned by Macquarie University’s commitment to Indigenous access and participation at our University.
Implementation Plan 2017 – 2019
The Implementation Plan 2017 – 2019 will be the first step in realising the vision of the Indigenous Strategy 2016 – 2025 to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander success at Macquarie University. The first three years will see increases in enrolment, retention and completion rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students; the development of an Aboriginal cultural competency framework; and the enhancement of existing student engagement systems. Achieving these objectives will require a whole-of-University partnership, Aboriginal Community engagement and corporate and key stakeholder engagement.
Cultural protocols are customs, values and guidelines for particular cultural groups. Aboriginal Australian culture is a unique and heterogenous society that has many different cultural protocols observed by various clans and language groups.
The Indigenous Strategy Green Paper
The Indigenous Strategy Green Paper proposes seven new strategic directions for the University that supports and promotes Indigenous inclusion, access and participation. This green paper is the first step towards building capacity for Indigenous excellence at Macquarie University.
The seven strategic directions are:
- increase Indigenous numbers
- better support for Indigenous students
- grow our Indigenous workforce
- build cultural capability
- develop a cross-university Indigenous curriculum
- advance Indigenous research and researchers
- build Indigenous voice and leadership