At Flinders University we recognise the unique position of Indigenous Australians as First Nations people and we have a commitment to Indigenous education and engagement.
Our Strategic Plan for 2012 – 2016 articulates our priorities in this area, which include closing the gap in Indigenous education and health outcomes, respecting and recognising Indigenous perspectives, facilitating participation rates of Indigenous peoples, and significantly increasing the numbers of Indigenous students and staff at Flinders.
We recognise that Flinders was established on the lands of the Kaurna nation with the main Flinders campus located near Warriparinga. Warriparinga is a significant site in the complex and multi-layered Dreaming of ancestral being Tjilbruke. For the Kaurna nation, Tjilbruke was a keeper of the fire and a peace maker/law maker. Tjilbruke continues to be part of the living culture and traditions of the Kaurna people. His spirit lives in the land and waters, in the Kaurna people and in the glossy ibis (known as Tjilbruke for the Kaurna). Through Tjilbruke the Kaurna continue their creative relationship with their country, its spirituality and its stories. For more information about Warriparinga, refer to the City of Marion website.
Flinders acknowledges the traditional owners of the various teaching locations the University now operates on and recognises the continued relationship and responsibility to these lands and waters by traditional owners past and present. The following is an indicative (but not exhaustive) list of traditional owners on whose country Flinders University has campuses (listed alphabetically): Arrernte, Boandik, Bungarla, Gunditjmara, Jawoyn, Kaurna, Larrakia, Nauo, Ngarrindjeri, Peramangk, Ramindjeri, Wurundjeri, Yolgnu.
Office of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement
The Office of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement provides strategic leadership for the University in relation to the Indigenisation of our programs, the recognition of Indigenous knowledge and perspectives, the promotion of teaching and research in Indigenous studies, the employment of Indigenous staff, and engagement with Indigenous communities and issues.
An indication of Flinders’ Indigenous engagement through teaching and research can be found at the links below.
The Poche Centres for Indigenous Health
The Poche Centres for Indigenous Health, located in both Adelaide and Alice Springs, aim to increase Indigenous involvement in the study of health-related professions and research into Indigenous health.
Indigenous Admissions Scheme
Flinders assists Indigenous Australian students with access through initiatives such as the Indigenous Admissions Scheme alternative pathway, quota places in competitive degrees, and a range of Indigenous scholarships and cadetships.
Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme
ITAS funds extra tuition assistance for Indigenous Australian students who are enrolled at Flinders University. Tuition is based on an individual and group tutorial basis, depending on the student’s needs and current level of study.
Northern Territory Medical Program
The establishment of the Northern Territory Medical Program enables Territory residents, for the first time, to complete an entire medical program without travelling interstate. In establishing this new Program, we focussed particularly on attracting Indigenous Australian students, facilitated by the Preparation for Medicine Program through the Indigenous Entry Stream.
Employment Strategy for Indigenous Australians
Our Employment Strategy for Indigenous Australians aims to improve the representation, participation and retention of Indigenous Australian staff within Flinders University.