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Engaging respectfully with Indigenous communities requires culturally literate research skills that are supported by an understanding of Indigenous knowledge systems.

Centred around learning and creating, this Melbourne MicroCert offers an informed framework for developing protocols that progress community relations, and explores creative practices that contextualise Indigenous culture.

It's valuable to anyone seeking to work with Indigenous communities, and understand how creative arts support the protection and reclamation of Indigenous cultural heritage.

Gain a deeper understanding of culturally literate research techniques

Develop research protocols that identify culturally safe strategies for contacting and working with Indigenous peoples. Apply what you learn to a community-focused research proposal that explores the principles of respect, Country, and reciprocal action.

Explore ways to safely preserve Indigenous artefacts

Learn about different approaches for preserving and returning Indigenous knowledge and objects, including digital archiving. Investigate ways of working with Indigenous communities to identify culturally relevant objects. Understand protocols connected to access, shared responsibilities, and archive management.

Engage with Indigenous creative and cultural practices

Drawing on your understanding of community, Country, and relationships, engage in the practice of weaving and dyeing plant material. Learn how to identify materials, and follow cultural protocols toward working respectfully with Indigenous technologies.

Who you will learn from

Learn from skilled academic and professional experts who will share invaluable knowledge you can use in your job.

Tiriki Onus

Yorta Yorta man and Head of Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development

Tiriki is a successful visual artist, curator, performance artist, opera singer and lecturer in Indigenous Arts and Culture at the Victorian College of the Arts. At the Wilin Centre, he fosters innovation in research, development, advocacy and presentation of Indigenous arts and cultural practice. In 2015 he was the inaugural Hutchinson Indigenous Fellow, and is Associate Dean, Indigenous in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music and co-Director of the Research Unit for Indigenous Arts and Cultures.

Dr Megan McPherson

Lecturer in Art and Intercultural Research

Megan is a settler artist, intercultural researcher and educator, and has taught at university level since 1996. Her focus is in printmaking, textiles and installations, and publishes in the areas of identity, social media use, Indigenous knowledges and pedagogies, and learning and teaching experiences in the creative arts. Megan is based at the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Art and Cultural Development, and the Research Unit for Indigenous Arts and Cultures in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music.

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For individuals

To take Indigenous Community Research as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, you'll pay the normal course price.

990.00 AUD (inc GST)

Please contact Student Support to discuss discounts and payment options for University of Melbourne staff or alumni, or to pay by invoice.

For teams

If you have three or more team members who are keen to upskill with Indigenous Community Research, get in touch to discuss pricing. For large groups, we can also deliver and contextualise this course exclusively for your organisation.


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