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Wise Practice collection: New ANZSOG resource collection centres First Peoples knowledge and culture

26 September 2021

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ANZSOG’s new Wise Practice collection brings together our range of policy and public administration resources centred on the knowledge and cultures of First Peoples across Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand.

The collection is freely available for teaching and research purposes and complements ANZSOG’s John L. Alford Case Library. It focuses on stories which demonstrate how First Peoples culture, knowledge and perspectives can achieve successful outcomes when governments first develop respectful relationships with Indigenous communities, which can ultimately lead to genuine partnerships.

Sharon Nelson-Kelly, ANZSOG’s Senior Advisor First Peoples Program and Strategy, said that the collection illustrated ANZSOG’s efforts to bring Indigenous perspectives into public sector practice and connect the public sector and First Peoples.

“Governments need to understand that successful Indigenous policy can only be achieved by working in genuine partnership with First Peoples and respecting and incorporating the rich history and knowledge of what works for Indigenous communities on the ground,” Ms Nelson-Kelly said.

“This collection brings together some of the work that ANZSOG has achieved so far in bringing First Peoples perspectives into the work of government, including resources from our recent Proud Partnerships public administration online conference.

“It takes a strengths-based approach to Indigenous policy and highlights the resilience of communities and the enormous benefits that using Indigenous knowledge and culture can deliver for all peoples.”

The Wise Practice collection draws on material from the renowned John L. Alford Case Library, which examine successful partnerships between governments and First Peoples, as well as unsuccessful attempts in Indigenous public administration and the lessons that flow from them.

It also includes written and video material from all three of ANZSOG’ First Peoples public administration conferences, held in 2017, 2019 and 2021 and links to materials from the ANZSOG-founded Analysis & Policy Observatory First Peoples & Public Policy Collection.

Some sample materials from the collection:

Healing from the Centre: Taking traditional Aboriginal medicine mainstream by Marinella Padula
Proud Partnerships in Place: First Peoples Public Administration Conference Opening Address from Hon. Ken Wyatt AM, MP and Hon. Nanaia Mahuta MP New Zealand.
Indigenous values for the APS: An ANZSOG submission to the Australian Public Service Review by Aurora Milroy and contributors

ANZSOG’s First Peoples Strategy outlines our commitment to working with communities across Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand to promote and prioritise the perspectives and contributions of First Peoples, and to incorporating First Peoples knowledge and culture into all our work. The Wise Practice collection is part of that commitment.

NB: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the Wise Practice collection may contain images, voices and videos of deceased persons.

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