Implementing the Indigenous Roadmap: Safer Spaces

"Culturally safe work environments enable Indigenous people to feel that their cultural connections to place and belongings are valued and understood. They promote cultural protocols; staff relationships; strengthen communication with communities; and generate culturally appropriate, informative exhibitions." Terri Jenke and Company, First Peoples: A Roadmap for Enhancing Indigenous Engagement in Museums and Galleries.

What does cultural safety mean in the context of museums and galleries? How might museums and galleries become safer spaces for Indigenous staff, visitors and communities? What can be learned from how other sectors embed cultural safety in their professional practices? Join AMaGA and our guest panellists as we discuss these questions and examples of cultural safety within our sector.


Jacinta Koolmatrie, Curator. Jacinta is an Adnyamathanha and Ngarrindjeri woman who works in museums. With a background in Indigenous Knowledges and methodologies, she is focussed on ethical practices in the heritage sector.

Bruce Johnson McLean is a member of the Wierdi people of the Birri Gubba Nation of Wribpid (central Queensland). He is currently the Barbara Jean Humphreys Assistant Director, Indigenous Engagement at the National Gallery of Australia. Bruce was formerly Curator of Indigenous Australian Art at QAGOMA.


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