In 2021, the Office of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement undertook a review and consultation process to ensure accuracy and take into consideration preferences of those Communities in their inclusion in Flinders Universities Acknowledgement of Country.
After consultation with the communities, the responses were collated and a reworded Acknowledgement to Country developed that considered updated information and changes to the Flinders locations.
We further consulted with our internal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders such as the Flinders Indigenous Advisory Committee (consisting of noted Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander external community members), Flinders Reconciliation Action Plan Oversight Committee, and finally our resident Elders on Campus.
With this, there are several Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups who have now been omitted and is a result of closures of Flinders sites in Hamilton, Victoria (Gunditjmara )and Port Lincoln South Australia (Nauo & Barngarla).
Other groups removed are those confirmed to be outside of the Flinders footprint or their choice to be known by a name representative of several groups as in the case of the First Peoples of the River Murray & Mallee region (Ngaiawang, Ngawait, Nganguruku, Erawirung, Ngintait, Ngaralte, and Ngarkat) and the First Nations of the South East (Boandik, Meintangk, Southern Tangankald).