National Indigenous Engineering Summit: Final Communique
International comparisons of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
Authors: Professor Simon Marginson FASSA, Professor Russell Tytler, Brigid Freeman, Kelly Roberts, ACOLA Publication
Embedding Indigenous perspectives into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics curricula has attracted much media attention in the last 12 months — both good and bad.
Warren Mundine, Chair of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council, has recently questioned the role of promoting Indigenous perspectives into science and maths-orientated university subjects.
By Tom Calma, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission
The Don Aitkin Lecture 2009
Ultimately we need to respect and promote Indigenous knowledges and perspectives. They have much to offer all Australians.
Financial assistance and top quality information are some of the requirements that help people to exercise their rights — especially those who are disadvantaged.
Tertiary education institutions exercise cultural leadership when they offer courses that are enriched by Indigenous knowledges and perspectives. This is reconciliation in action, so I urge all universities to make this a part of your university’s Reconciliation Action Plan.