Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal Cultural Research Fellowships
This year, as the Indigenous people of Victoria face the Treaty process, two dedicated Indigenous Fellowships are offered: the Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Research Fellowship and the Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal Family History Fellowship.
These are specialist fellowships open to researchers who identify as Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal. They aim to increase Aboriginal Victorians’ access to cultural knowledge held in the Library’s collections, by supporting researchers to identify important items and produce research material to be used by the community.
The Library’s collections include significant primary evidence of the interactions between white settlers and Victoria’s Aboriginal communities since colonisation; documentation of Victorian Aboriginal people by anthropologists, colonial administrators and photographers; and cultural knowledge provided by the Ancestors.
The importance of access to this collection material for the Victorian Aboriginal community cannot be overstated. The material has breathed life into cultural renewal programs that are restoring a sense of place and engendering a healthy self-esteem, and it has the potential to do much more with the addition of the Indigenous Victorian Aboriginal Family History Fellowship – an opportunity to discover family connections and create a means of sharing these findings among the family networks. This responds to Native Title issues and Stolen Generations connections.
Fellows receive a grant of $15,000, access to a desk space in a shared office for 12 months (January – December 2022), access to collections and staff expertise.