Welcome to the School of Indigenous Australian Studies (SIAS) at Charles Sturt University which is located on Wiradjuri Country. The School of Indigenous Australian Studies was established in October 2014 after operating as the Centre for Indigenous Studies since (2007). The School is located on the Dubbo campus with academic staff also based on Bathurst and Wagga Wagga campuses. The school has responsibility for teaching compulsory Indigenous Australian studies foundation subjects in over 25 courses across the university’s three faculties. Each year, 1500-2000 students are taught by the school in both online and on-campus modes.
The central governance body for the approval of Indigenous Australian content in CSU courses is chaired by the Head of SIAS. Staff in the school have a diverse range of interests that demonstrate the transdisciplinary significance of Indigenous Australians studies and research. Subject development and teaching are framed and underpinned by the principles of Indigenist Standpoint Pedagogy (ISP; Phillips, 2005; 2011). This pedagogical approach is inherently political, reformative, relational, and is grounded by reflexive and reflective practices of staff and students. Theories and frameworks that underpin ISP include: Indigenist knowledges, Critical Race Theory, Critical Pedagogy, Decolonisation, Anti-colonialism, and de-marginalisation.
The school also hosts the Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture, and Heritage which is co-ordinated by a senior Wiradjuri educator and researcher. The intellectual, cultural, spiritual and language leadership of Dr Uncle Stan Grant continues to govern and protect the integrity of the program.
Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge the Wiradjuri, Ngunawal, Gundungurra and Biripai (or Biripi) peoples of Australia who are the traditional owners and custodians of the lands on which CSU's campuses are located, and pay respect to their Elders both past and present.
Untitled,2008 – Designed and illustrated by Louise Daniels.Used with full permission of the artist.