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Culture and community

Acknowledging traditional owners

Jingeri jimbelung! - Hello friend

The Gold Coast is situated on the land of the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region.

Bond University

This is how the University acknowledges its presence on country. 

Black top half, red bottom half with yellow circleGreen and blue panels with white headdress

Bond University acknowledges the Kombumerri people, the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which the University now stands.

We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.


Templates for this acknowledgement are available to University staff in the Bond Brand Portal for presentation slides. You will also notice it in the footer of the University website and in email signature templates.


Indigenous cultural and intellectual property

Protecting cultural heritage

Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) refers to the right of Indigenous Australians to protect their cultural heritage, including all aspects of art, knowledge systems, and culture (Janke, 2022).

When planning to include Indigenous content, it is important to respect the rights of Indigenous individuals and communities to be consulted and provide consent.

It is crucial to seek appropriate Indigenous permissions to use or disseminate Indigenous knowledge. The following sources provide guidance and information about Indigenous Protocols:

Selecting resources for education

The AIATSIS guide to evaluating and selecting education resources was published on the 28th of September 2022 and can provide advice for teaching staff or researchers.  It is powered by the AIATSIS Code of Ethics for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research (2020).
A framework evaluating Indigenous participation in the development of the content, how Indigenous people are positioned throughout the resource and creating and developing education resources is highlighted.

Research practices supporting culture

Working with us, not for us: strategies for being a better ally to First Nations people - Assistant Professor Kelly Menzel, Associate Professor Richard Mathews, 2021.

Want to reach out to an Indigenous scholar? Awesome! But first, here are 10 things to consider - Assistant Professor Jesse Popp, 2021.

These guide pages are also relevant for researchers:

First Nations knowledge and research has great potential to help solve some of our biggest research challenges. Australia’s national research infrastructure is engaging with Indigenous researchers, industry users and community groups across the country to tap into this potential, and to put research and data in the hands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.