What is Indigenous knowledge?
Indigenous knowledge, sometimes called traditional or local knowledge, refers to the understandings and practices developed by Indigenous peoples through thousands of years of experience. Indigenous knowledge systems are characteristically holistic, relational, and rooted in a strong and continuing connection with the land, sky and waters. Knowledge is often passed down orally, and can be collectively owned. It can include or be embodied in language, song, story, ritual, lore, and customary practices.
The knowledge of Indigenous peoples does not represent a static body of traditional information, and the capacity to incorporate new tools and skills has always been fundamental to the dynamism of Indigenous cultures.
Indigenous Research and Education at the University
The University of Melbourne has a strong foundation in education and research that elevate Indigenous knowledge systems within the academy. The Indigenous Knowledge Institute will build on this foundation to foster partnerships and develop our Indigenous research profile across the University and beyond.
Learn more about some of the University’s Indigenous research initiatives and flagship Indigenous programs:
- Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity
- Cultural Commons
- Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Research and Leadership
- Indigenous Data Network
- Indigenous Epidemiology and Health Unit
- Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration
- Indigenous Studies Unit
- Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education Network
- MURRA Indigenous Business Program
- Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Wellbeing
- Poche Leadership Fellows Program
- Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research
- Research Unit for Indigenous Arts and Cultures (RUIAC)
- Research Unit in Indigenous Language (RUIL)
- Reconciliation at the University of Melbourne
The Indigenous Knowledge Institute is committed to collaboration with Indigenous knowledge holders that are guided by core principles to ensure ethical, respectful and responsible relationships are developed and honoured.
The Institute’s Charter for Research with Indigenous Knowledge Holders gives expression to these principles and their application.
The institute is also guided by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies' Guidelines for Research in Australian Indigenous Studies.