The Centre for Indigenous Studies (CIS) was established in 2007 and is responsible for the delivery and governance of Indigenous Australian education and research at Charles Sturt University (CSU). In 2014, the Centre was granted School status and on 1 October 2014, the School of Indigenous Australian Studies (SIAS) came into being.
The School is situated in the Faculty of Arts and Education and housed at the Dubbo Campus of CSU. The establishment of SIAS moves the University toward developing a hub of Indigenous Australian Education at its Dubbo campus and enhances the interactive learning environment currently in focus at Dubbo.
The first Director of CIS was Mr Gary Shipp, who was appointed in January 2007. An Indigenous Australian man from Wiradjuri country, he joined CSU after a successful career at the Australian National University.
SIAS is staffed by both academic and administrative staff to meet the goals of the Indigenous Education Strategy and monitor Indigenous education initiatives at CSU. CSU recognises that the contribution of teaching, research and learning of Indigenous education is critical in reaffirming its leadership in it's region and across the nation.
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.