Led by the University of Melbourne with Tecnológico de Monterrey, The University of Auckland, and APRU, the Indigenous Knowledges Working Group aims to bring together the work of APRU members in multilateral collaborations to share knowledge, build connections between researchers, and enhance teaching programs in indigenous and First Nations studies.
- Keio University
- Technológico de Moneterrey
- The University of British Columbia
- The University of Melbourne
- The University of Queensland
- Universidad San Francisco de Quito
- Universiti Malaya
- University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
- University of Oregon
- University of the Philippines
Strengthening Comparative Insights
Many APRU members have world-leading departments and programs in the areas of Indigenous, First Nations, Māori, Pacific, or Native American Studies. While institutions conduct outstanding research in these fields, the deeply contextual nature of most Indigenous Studies has meant that there has been insufficient focus on how universities can practice and promote comparative research and teaching in this area.
Over the last two decades more leading universities have begun to introduce international/ comparative dimensions to their Indigenous and First Nations programs. The Indigenous Knowledges Network would hold annual events and explore opportunities to expand into the Asia-Pacific region by focusing on key themes such as the impact of climate change on peoples and culture in the Pacific Islands and natural resource management in South America.
Thematic areas that are of interest could include:
- Fire and disaster management
- Alternative approaches to Indigenous health
- Indigenous languages
- Recognizing place: Promoting Indigenous culture on campus
- Indigenous legal practices
- Culture, heritage, and the creative arts
- Equity and diversity: discrimination in universities
- Indigenous staff development
Seminars will be held bi-weekly on Fridays from 10:00am-11:30am HKT (Thursday from 7:00pm-8:30pm PST) from mid-April through Mid-June.
The APRU Indigenous Knowledges Working Group is pleased to announce an inaugural Asia-Pacific Indigenous Studies.