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School of Indigenous Knowledges and Public Policy

The School of Indigenous Knowledges and Public Policy is one of the teaching schools within the new Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE).

Staff in the school are continuing a long tradition of working with Indigenous people and teaching about Indigenous Knowledges, conservation and land management, public policy, Indigenous natural resource management and Yolngu languages and culture at Charles Darwin university and its predecessors.

The school partners with staff from the other schools in ACIKE to teach into the undergraduate programs in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Advocacy and Indigenous Language and Linguistics.

The School is also currently responsible for postgraduate coursework programs in Yolngu Languages and Culture – which won a Prime Minister’s University Teacher of the Year award in 2005, Indigenous Policy Development, Cross-Cultural Mediation and Negotiation and contributes strongly to the Honours, Masters and PhD research supervision that operates within ACIKE.

In 2011, the School entered into partnership with the Mawul Rom Association to co-deliver the Masters in Indigenous Knowledges (Mawul Rom) which is a course in cross-cultural mediation and negotiation that draws on the traditions of both the western academy and the Yolngu Academy through the Dhurili Clan Nation to provide a powerful cross-cultural learning experience in this field.

The School is also involved in the teaching of Common Units to undergraduate students at CDU and nearly every student completes a unit delivered by staff within the School on Cultural Intelligence and Capability.

The school plays an important role in introducing undergraduate students to the concepts of cultural intelligence and developing their cultural capability both within the university environment, but also as practitioners and professionals in their workplace.

The School is also involved in training and capacity building in the Vocational Education and Training Area in Conservation and Land Management and Waste Management.

Two staff from the school are busy working with land and Sea Management Ranger groups and local government crews involved in rubbish dump management and waste control.

Training involves a broad spectrum of activities from 4WD training to First Aid, weed management to maintaining small engines, fauna surveys to occupational health and safety.

The staff are involved with Indigenous community groups on a long term basis to provide a focal point for assistance in building the capacity and employability of people interested and working in land and sea management in both urban and remote areas of the Northern Territory.

Staff in the school are also involved in delivering Cultural Awareness training to both CDU employees and organisation such as the NT Government, Non-Government organisations.

Current contracts with the Department of Business and Employment and good relationships with the Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts and Sport and the Melaleuca Refugee Centre  among other organisation provides a strong foundation for developing and expanding this service in the community.

If you’re interested in exploring an education or training in any of the areas mentioned above, make contact with staff in the School and we will be happy to discuss your needs and how we may be able to help.

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