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First Peoples' knowledges

This guide is designed to raise awareness and understanding of Indigenous Australian knowledge, cultures and histories.

Acknowledgement of Country

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In recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's spiritual and cultural connection to Country, and in continuing ACU'S commitment to Reconciliation, we would like to acknowledge the First Peoples and Traditional Owners and custodians of the Country where ACU campuses are located.

We respectfully acknowledge our Elders, past and present, and thank them for their guidance as we walk in their footsteps.

Evaluated First Peoples' knowledges resources

The library has a collection of Indigenous resources that have been evaluated using the ACU Indigenous Evaluation Tool. This means that they are appropriate resources to use and embed in curriculum units.

To find these resources, you can search the First Peoples' Knowledges Collection or use the First Peoples' knowledges filter in Library search:

  • Search for a specific item or use keywords (for example, Aborigin* OR Indigenous) to find resources.

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  • Look to the left side for your refining options.
  • Under Special collection, select First Peoples' knowledges


For general help with referencing and in text citations, please refer to our Referencing Guide or the CAVAL Indigenous Knowledges Citation Guide or seek help from Academic Skills.

If you are looking for advice about referencing and citing protocols for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources, check the Australian Government Style Manual section for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. This section of the style manual provides guidance on topics specific to Indigenous resources such as:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity
  • Respectful language
  • Naming protocols
  • Recognition of continuous culture and connections
  • Consultation


Key databases

Web resources

ACU Indigenous Higher Education Units

Dhara Daramoolen (Earth, Spirit) | Canberra

T: +61 2 6209 1222    E:

Yalbalinga (Place of Learning) | Blacktown, Strathfield, and North Sydney

T: +61 2 9701 4258    E:

Weemala (Distant View) | Brisbane

T: +61 7 3861 6122  E:

Jim-baa-yer (To Learn - To Teach) | Ballarat, Melbourne, and Adelaide

T: +61 3 9953 3004  E: