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Indigenous Roadmap Project
The AMaGA Indigenous Roadmap project is a Catalyst-funded initiative to facilitate discussion on how best to advance the participation and representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in museums and galleries.
AMaGA Roadmap Implementation Work Plan
In 2019, AMaGA developed a work plan for our own organisation and undertook to make it publicly available.
The Plan now includes a Statement of Reflection by the National Council.
This Summary Work Plan & First Report on AMaGA’s progress highlights achievements, key actions underway, and challenges being tackled.
- Feedback and suggestions are always welcome.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has clearly affected the development and delivery of several activities, AMaGA’s commitment is unchanged.
Cultural Capability Training
AMaGA is excited to launch our inaugural Cultural Capability Training for regional and community museum and gallery workers and volunteers as a key component of the implementation of First Peoples: A Roadmap for Enhancing Indigenous Engagement in Museums and Galleries.
With the generous support of The Wood Foundation and the Cartwright Douglas Fund, AMaGA will be providing 500 museum and gallery workers over the next six months with free online Cultural Capability training through the Core Cultural Learning platform developed by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). This is a six-month pilot program as part of Stage One of a three-stage Cultural Capability Program being developed for regional and community museums and galleries.
Resolution in support of the Uluru Statement from the Heart of May 2017
Members of AMaGA meeting in annual conference on 6 June 2018 in Melbourne express their support for Indigenous Australians in their aspiration for a 'Voice to the Parliament' as proposed by the meeting at Uluru in May 2017 in the Statement from the Heart and endorsed by the Referendum Council, and urge all museums to familiarise themselves with the Statement and its background since establishment of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation in 1991, and engage their audiences to promote understanding of the Statement.
Statement of Reflection 2020
STATEMENT OF REFLECTION - AMAGA NATIONAL COUNCIL - 15 SEPTEMBER 2020
The Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA) supports the objectives of the BlackLivesMatter and AboriginalLivesMatter movements to recognise institutional racism and to seek fundamental change.
AMaGA acknowledges that Indigenous knowledge systems and cultures have thrived for thousands of generations.
We acknowledge the continued devastating violence and cultural interruption of colonisation.
We acknowledge and work to change the practices of museums and galleries which have and continue to contribute to personal and cultural interruption, trauma and loss.
We acknowledge the history and impact of these damaging practices, and that much damage will continue to be done until museums find genuine ways to work inclusively, and respectfully with Indigenous people.
The change Australia needs is both structural and institutional, and personal / individual.
Museums and galleries have the power to help shape our nation’s identity and help end the injustices of colonisation.
AMaGA is making some steps. In 2018, our members unanimously adopted a Resolution in support of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, urging all museums and galleries to engage their audiences to promote understanding of this most powerful Statement.
In 2019, we launched our Indigenous-led 10-year Roadmap for Change - First Peoples: A Roadmap for Enhancing Indigenous Engagement in Museums and Galleries.
We recognise that there is so much to do. We acknowledge and honour the work of Indigenous colleagues and community who have worked and continue to work with Australia’s museums and galleries. And we commit to ensuring that Australia’s Roadmap is implemented with dedication and integrity.
Indigenous Roadmap Advisory Group
With the most impressive and generous cultural leaders from around Australia and chaired by our own Indigenous national councillors, Marcus Hughes and Deanne Fitzgerald, our Indigenous Roadmap Advisory Group will meet quarterly.
|Tasha James||Manager, Indigenous Connections||NFSA|
|Jilda Andrews||Research Fellow||Australian National University|
|Tina Baum||Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art||National Gallery of Australia|
|Avril Quaill||Acting Head, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement||Queensland Museum Network|
|Kiah Buckskin-James||Exhibitions Coordinator||MOD.|
|Deanne Fitzgerald||Snr Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisor||Western Australian Museum|
|Dr Julie Gough||Curator – Indigenous Cultures||TMAG|
|Marcus Hughes||Director, Indigenous Engagement||National Library of Australia|
|Carly Lane||Curator Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art||Art Gallery of Western Australia|
|Damien Webb||Manager, Indigenous Engagement||State Library of NSW|
|Kimberley Moulton||Senior Curator, South Eastern Aboriginal Collections||Museums Victoria|
|Shaun Angeles||Indigenous Curator||Strehlow Centre MAGNT|