Conference season is in full swing. As we go out and learn, share and contribute to our shared knowledge of our chosen fields of endeavour – it is important to think of and include indigenous people of the lands upon which we meet.
Why? Well, whether you believe the lands upon which you meet are stolen, occupied or rightfully taken — acknowledging an indigenous history at minimum shows respect and understanding that there is a past with which we need to work in order to move towards the future. Problems don’t disappear because we ignore them – when we ignore problems, they fester. It is not divisive to apologise or acknowledge past hurts, it is a healing gesture that takes courage and honesty.
So, if you are presenting in a country where the lands were taken from those who once were caretakers, consider researching who those people were and acknowledging them.
This video from the University of South Australia presents a good format for doing so: