Reconciliation Action Plan
Welcome from wherever you have come
Welcome to the land of the Wattamattagal, the Black Snapper people of the river mangroves. We welcome you on behalf of the ancestors and acknowledge Aboriginal Elders past and present. We would like to acknowledge all Aboriginal Nations of Australia. We walk together on this land and we pay respect to the Traditional Owners and those who walked before us. Auntie Kerrie Kenton (Darug Elder and artwork designer) Taylah Pearce (Darug)
Our reconciliation action plan
The inaugural Macquarie Reconciliation Action Plan acknowledges the important contribution of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to our University and to the nation, and provides a framework for respecting the knowledge of the oldest surviving culture in the world. Our RAP will complement the Indigenous strategy released in 2016 and help identify practical ways to build and strengthen relationships with Indigenous Communities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff.
Our long-term reconciliation vision is to be a University characterised by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander excellence, and which has established models for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander success; from undergraduate pathways through to higher degree research and beyond.
Collaboration and community partnerships
The traditional clan of Macquarie University land is the Wattamattagal Clan of the Darug Nation. A sign of our commitment to rebuilding relationships with our local Aboriginal Community is the re-naming of the Office of Indigenous Strategy within our University, from Warawara, to Walanga Muru, meaning ‘follow your path’. The story and name were supplied by key members of the local Aboriginal Community, in conjunction with Macquarie University’s Cultural Advisor. Through our RAP, Macquarie University will build reciprocal engagement and meaningful dialogue with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The Macquarie University RAP is collaboratively led by Walanga Muru and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) (DVC-A). The DVC-A has been appointed as the Executive Group’s RAP Champion and will be actively involved in the progression of current and future RAPs. The University’s cultural understanding and learning will be enhanced by celebrating and embracing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements.
Macquarie University's commitment
The plan has grown from and complements the Indigenous Strategy 2016 – 2025, further demonstrating our deep commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education.
Professor S Bruce Dowton, Vice-Chancellor, Macquarie University