James Cook University (JCU) is committed to working towards the achievement of genuine and sustainable reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider community. JCU believes that a commitment to the ongoing process of reconciliation is vital to the attainment of a better future for all Australians and all members of the JCU community. This Statement applies to all members of the JCU community.
Reconciliation promotes justice, recognition and healing. It is about helping all Australians move forward, creating a better understanding of Australia’s past and how it affects the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.
JCU acknowledges that the impact of colonisation, public policies, racial discrimination and prejudice, have had a major effect on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to face disadvantages as well as prejudice and racism.
JCU acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the original inhabitants and traditional custodians of this continent and that they have unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land and waters.
JCU commits to working towards the achievement of reconciliation as follows:
- Create a university environment where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and members of the wider campus community, work, study and live together with mutual respect and understanding.
- Foster an environment where all students and staff feel safe and valued, regardless of their background.
- Recognise and value cultural diversity as an asset which enriches the life of the university community.
- Incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and cultures within the physical structures and spaces of the University.
- Address racism and prejudice by highlighting university policies, providing an accessible complaints process, and by educating all students and staff about issues of racism, equity and equal opportunity.
- Integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, perspectives and experience across the curriculum through consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff.
The University is proud of the achievements of its distinguished Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, graduates and staff. We are proud of the cultural richness and diversity of our university community. JCU looks forward to the future success of our staff and students and the achievement of genuine reconciliation between the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider community.