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Peter West

Lecturer, Media and Communications, RMIT University

Peter West is an academic in RMIT’s School of Design and co-lead of Bundyi Girri. Peter’s research has seen him engage with Indigenous Nations across Australia. This has led to a teaching practice which focuses on non Indigenous students contextualising their design practices in relation to Indigenous sovereignty. This has consequently been the impetus for RMIT’s Bundyi Girri strategy. Bundyi Girri is RMIT’s university wide change strategy which supports non-Indigenous people into an awareness of their role and ongoing responsibility in their relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

In his session Peter will touch upon aspects of the Bundyi Girri frameworks which address common barriers which can inhibit progress into an active sovereign relationship. This will be contextualised by examples from recent workshops and pilot activities which demonstrate everyday, practical examples of reconciliation in action.

Towards shared futures; reconciliation as an activity for all

Session outline
More businesses and public institutions are engaging with Indigenous Elders to include a Welcome at the beginning of significant events or including an Acknowledgement of Country in documents or email footers. But what next? How do we build from this into a practice that deepens the relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples? In this session Peter West will present practice frameworks which propose ways of working that focus on the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in order to envision shared futures for all.

How this session fits with meaning and purpose at work
In this session we explore the possibility of business and brand evolution through positioning reconciliation as an activity for all. Reconciliation invariably and importantly, focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. But in order to ensure, long term transformational success for Indigenous peoples, it is crucial that the relationship between Indigenous and non Indigenous peoples is strong and understood as important to all. This is the opportunity for non Indigenous people to develop their particular practice and pride in  connecting to Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander peoples.

Learning outcomes
In this session we will learn how to respond to the offer to share place and home through the Welcome from Indigenous Elders. We will explore  the possibilities of what this can mean for both the individual living ‘on country’ and as an employee or a brand, rapidly evolving in a complex, diverse environment.