Wingara Mura-Bunga Barrabugu is our strategic commitment to building opportunity, capability and rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and for valuing Indigenous culture at our University.
We would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional owners of the land on which we meet – the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. It is upon their ancestral lands that the University of Sydney is built. As we share our own knowledge, teaching, learning, and research practices within this University may we also pay respect to the knowledge embedded forever within the Aboriginal Custodianship of Country.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation and engagement is a core component of our future and an essential part of our collective history.
At the University of Sydney, we believe in the diversity of participation at every level of our study, work and research. It is a core part of our purpose.
It’s also a big part of what makes us a uniquely Australian university.
We're proud of our track record. When he completed his studies here in 1966, Charles Perkins was the first Aboriginal man to graduate from university.
We have already seen significant outcomes resulting from this strategy. Between 2011 and 2016:
Our Wingara Mura-Bunga Barrabugu strategy is a framework through which we can enrich our community through understanding and embracing Indigenous culture.
A landmark scheme to lift enrolment and completion rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students has been hailed as crucial to achieve real progress in the sector.
On 13 February 2008, the Australian Parliament made a formal apology to Australia’s Indigenous peoples acknowledging past policies that harmed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities.