The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia acknowledges and pays its respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people of the Canberra region on whose traditional lands the Academy’s national office is located. The Academy is committed to using its standing and drawing on the expertise of its Fellows (both Indigenous and non-Indigenous) to facilitate and advance recognition and involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and knowledge in social science research and engagement activities.
The Academy’s inaugural Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan was endorsed by Reconciliation Australia in March 2021 and sets out the Academy’s priorities for action during the period February 2021 to May 2022. The Plan will be officially launched in Canberra and online on the morning of Friday 18 June 2021. You can register for the launch here.
National Reconciliation Week
National Reconciliation Week takes place between 27 May and 3 June each year. It is an opportunity to recognise some significant achievements in the pursuit of reconciliation and equity for our Indigenous peoples. It is also a reminder of how far there is still to go. It is 30 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, yet there are still appalling rates of incarceration and deaths. It is nearly 25 years since the report on the stolen generations “Bringing Them Home” and yet many of those recommendations have not yet been enacted. It was 2017 when the Uluru Statement from the Heart was published.
As outlined in our Reconciliation Action Plan, the Academy has made a commitment to leveraging our annual lectures and external communications platforms to recognise, champion and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and causes.
- In November 2021 our Annual symposium featured Indigenous and non-Indigenous panellists discussing how Australia can achieve meaningful reconciliation with First Nations people (video below)
- In February 2022, our Fay Gale lecture featured Indigenous Professor Chealsea Watego – ‘No room at the Inn’: Rethinking critical race studies and its place in the Australian academy (video below)
- In February 2022, the Academy partnered with BBC StoryWorks and the International Science Council to publish an article ‘Giving new life to old languages‘ which outlines the renewal of First Nations languages in an audio-rich and dynamic way.