Skip to main content

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the traditional custodians throughout Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present and emerging.

CRC TiME is committed to First Nations Inclusion and in late 2021 the Board endorsed 10 key principles as part of the 2021-2024 Strategic Plan:

We recognise and acknowledge:

  1. First Nations People are the first custodians of land and sea country and Traditional Owners have inherent rights and responsibilities
  2. First Nations People have their own research priorities and interests and are looking to engage with partners that can facilitate social, cultural and economic benefit to their people and communities
  3. First Nations communities and groups have their own protocols and these must be observed, understood, respected and engaged with as an essential, ongoing part of the research process. Engagement should happen via appropriate Indigenous governance structures (and protocols)
  4. Opportunities for First Nations led and directed research are created and research enables, facilitates and supports First Nations inclusion
  5. ‘Truth-telling’ about the (colonial) past including misappropriation and exploitation of Indigenous knowledge and intellectual property
  6. Recognition of Indigenous Ecological Knowledge and Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property and First Nations rights to benefit sharing as a result of that knowledge
  7. Research is underpinned by free, prior and informed consent processes and respects the rights of First Nations
  8. Peoples to be fully engaged in research Rights of First Nations peoples to control and maintain their culture and heritage
  9. Traditional Owner interests endure in data/samples collected on First Nations Country by researchers
  10. Centrality of equitable partnerships and appreciation for First Nations Peoples concept of time.