ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
ANROWS acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land across Australia on which we work and live. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders past, present and future; and we value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and knowledge.
Reconciliation Action Plan activities in 2019
Since its establishment, ANROWS has been committed to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Our reconciliation journey began with a plan of action in 2014-15 and continued through an Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan for the period January 2016 to December 2017.
ANROWS’s Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan, July 2019-July 2021 renews ANROWS’s ongoing commitment to working towards a reconciled, just and equitable Australia and is currently under review.
In the interim, the following 2019 activities demonstrate our desire to continue to build sustainable relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, communities and Elders.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership
ANROWS is committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership to prevent and respond to family violence, including through:
- the Warawarni-gu Guma statement delivered at the 2nd National Research Conference in May 2018 by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and researchers, which takes a strength-based approach, values strong representation, commits to co-design with communities and prioritises transparency in data collection;
- a national Practitioner Engagement Group, including Aboriginal people with practice expertise on violence against women in First Australian communities; and
- identified positions on the ANROWS board, currently filled by Professor Dawn Bessarab is an Aboriginal woman of Bard (West Kimberley and Yjindjarbandi (Pilbara) descent; and Edward Mosby, a Torres Strait Islander man from Thursday Island.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research
The first ANROWS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Stream grant round was open from December 2017 to February 2018
Two innovative research projects are currently being funded under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Stream, including the Improving Family Violence Legal and Support Services for Indigenous Women project, and Understanding the role of law and culture in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities in responding to and preventing family violence
As we embed the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) National Research Guidelines on the Ethical Conduct of Research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities (2018), and the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Guidelines for Ethical Research Practice (2012) into our research, we are working with research institutions to include shared Intellectual Property clauses in our contracts for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research.
ANROWS is privileged to be a part of collaborations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities, including:
- working with community organisations to administer a grant from the Luke Batty Foundation; and
- consulting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other scholars to hold a workshop in 2019 to discuss data sovereignty.