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Indigenous glossary

Indigenous glossary

Understanding and using Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander terms at Deakin

Deakin campuses are built on the traditional lands of the Wadawurrung people of the Geelong region, the Wurundjeri  people of the greater Melbourne region, and the Peek Whurrong people of the Warrnambool region.

At Deakin, we are committed to Reconciliation and Treaty, advancing the educational aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and moving Indigenous Knowledges into the mainstream of Australian life. All our endeavours aim to reflect Australia’s full history and seek to build an inclusive future.

The below information will give you some background and context about Indigenous history and how to ensure you’re being culturally appropriate and respectful. Our A–Z of Indigenous terms gives you specific guidance on a range of commonly used words and relevant references.

What you should know