CRC TiME is committed to First Nations Inclusion. We aim to facilitate a legacy that is designed with and by First Nations people, not just for them.
To us, Inclusion means ‘making room’ for collaboration and partnership rather than engagement and consultation.
Striving for a genuine Inclusion approach requires us to work differently. And, while lessons from other sectors and organisations making this change are useful, CRC TiME needs its own fit-for-purpose systems, processes and capability.
This is why we developed and are implementing the CRC TiME First Nations Inclusion Strategy. The strategy works alongside and directly shapes how we deliver our overarching Strategic Plan, Impact Framework and Research Prioritisation.
How we developed our strategy
The CRC TiME First Nations Inclusion Strategy is a living document. It aims to inform every aspect of our operations, including research, partnerships and impact activities.
We undertook a multistage process to develop the strategy:
- Commissioning a Regional Hubs Guide with information for researchers and staff about how to engage respectfully and meaningfully with diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations (2021)
- Commissioning the Snap-shot review and recommendations to support development of the CRC TiME Indigenous Inclusion Strategy (2021)
- Commissioning the Foundations for Effective Indigenous Inclusion report (2021-22)
- Developing and releasing the First Nations Inclusion Principles, endorsed by the CRC TiME Board and released in December 2021
- Engaging an independent Indigenous organisation to develop the strategy, drawing on leading practice and findings from other work
- Establishing and seeking advice and feedback from the First Nations Advisory Team.
The process was overseen by a sub-committee of the CRC TiME Board.
The Strategy has four focus areas:
- Leadership and governance
- Impact and translation
- Research and capability
- Participatory frameworks.
As the strategy is implemented, we have a lot to learn and will be open about progress, lessons and successes.
How we implement the strategy
All staff and researchers are expected to understand, apply and contribute to strategy implementation.
In 2022-23, we are focusing on:
- Shifting our approach from consultation to Inclusion, including equipping staff to engage further through training and other support
- Support our team and researchers to implement the First Nations Inclusion Principles
- Working with First Nations communities and organisations that express interest in collaborating with us on shared priorities
- Sharing findings from our Foundational Project Portfolio in a way that is useful for First Nations people, communities and organisations
- Working to encourage and support Indigenous Australians to be part of CRC TiME’s Higher Research Degree by Research Program.
How we monitor progress
We report regularly to the CRC TiME Board on progress in each of the four focus areas.
We seek advice from the FNAT on our approach, progress, research, challenges and opportunities.
We will provide our first public progress update in our 2022-23 Annual Report.