Acknowledgement of Country for Deakin’s digital learning environments
In collaboration with the Office of Pro-Vice Chancellor Indigenous Strategy and Innovation, Deakin Learning Futures has updated Acknowledgment of Country within CloudDeakin, our digital learning environment. In celebrating the Indigenous ways of knowing, learning and teaching, the statement now acknowledges all the custodians of Deakin campuses (Wadawurrung Country, Eastern Maar Country and Wurundjeri Country) and also the digital places in which our students and teachers come together to learn and teach. This important statement sits at the core of Deakin’s digital learning environments for all students and teachers.
The images behind this renewed acknowledgement showcase Deakin’s various campuses and their splendid nature. ‘We need to recognise Aboriginality and Indigeneity in all the places that we find ourselves.’ said Professor Mark Rose, Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Strategy and Innovation. To remind ourselves of this regularly and invite students and teachers to reflect upon the importance of Indigenous knowledge, those images rotate and a new image will appear every time a learner or teacher enters this learning space.
The Acknowledgement of Country reads:
We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of all the unceded lands, skies and waterways on which Deakin students and teachers come together. As we learn and teach through virtually and physically constructed places across time, we pay our deep respect to the Ancestors and Elders of Wadawurrung Country, Eastern Maar Country and Wurundjeri Country, as well as the Traditional Custodians of all the lands on which you may be learning and teaching, where education has taken place for many thousands of years.
The Office of Indigenous Strategy and Innovation has more information about Welcome to Country and Acknowledgment of Country.