Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Framework - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Framework

USC's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Framework supports the development of meaningful partnerships between USC and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, organisations, groups and communities located across the University’s geographical footprint.

USC acknowledges and pays respects to the traditional custodians of the lands and waters upon which its campuses are located. We acknowledge their Elders past, present and emerging and recognise their continuing connection and responsibility to country. We are grateful for their ongoing contributions to the University.

Framework

We seek the following elements to characterise and underpin our relationships.

Engagement Factors

Participation: Engagement that demonstrates the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through free, prior and informed consent.

Benefit and Impact: Engagement that is driven by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community needs and aspirations.

Reciprocity: Engagement that is sustained through responsible relationships.

  Participation Benefit and impact Reciprocity
Visible Activity and aspirations Confidence to engage with people and issues Cross-promotion of achievement
Active Knowledge curation cultural, professional and personal Production and contribution that is meaningful and genuine Contribution and shaping of USC and broader community
Responsible Free, prior and informed consent Civic leadership and creation Community needs and aspirations Agreement on use of knowledges, practices and narratives Relationships both wide and deep