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Indigenous Studies

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the Macquarie University land, the Wattamattagal clan of the Darug nation, whose cultures and customs have nurtured, and continue to nurture, this land since the Dreamtime. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.

Indigenous Studies at MQ

Indigenous Studies asks broad questions about perspective, power, methodology, justice, self-representation and knowledge, in order to develop new understandings of society and the world.

This means that students and scholars of Indigenous Studies learn and practice skills of critical thinking and communication that have a wide range of applications in and beyond the Indigenous context.

In terms of library resources, this means a keen focus on critically assessing resources, and in particular, a focus on the methodology used in the research. Marginalization has meant that research is often undertaken by others, so it is important to situate the research and the researcher. Ask yourself who created the information and for what purpose. It is useful to bear in mind the worldview of the author, what are their qualifications and why the research was undertaken.