The University of Melbourne is developing an Indigenous Signage Framework to bring visibility to Indigenous languages, voices, and perspectives through signage and wayfinding across Parkville and Southbank campuses.
Join us for a discussion on the Framework vision, principles and themes, and ways to respectfully elevate and implement the guidance of Traditional Owners, whilst honouring and embedding the integrity of shared knowledge in practice.
Inala Cooper is a Yawuru woman and Director of Murrup Barak at the University of Melbourne. Inala has a Bachelor of Arts (Drama and Contemporary Dance) and a Master of Human Rights Law. She is the author of Marrul: Aboriginal Identity and the Fight for Rights and is the Director of a number of not-for-profit boards including the Emmanuel Foundation, the Adam Briggs Foundation, and State Library Victoria.
Tiriki Onus is a Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung artist, academic, and Head of the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development at the University of Melbourne and co-director of the university’s Research Unit in Indigenous Arts and Culture. He is a successful visual artist, curator, performance artist and opera singer. His first operatic role was in the premiere of Deborah Cheetham’s Pecan Summer in October 2010. He received the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust’s Harold Blair Opera Scholarship in 2012 and 2013. In 2014 Tiriki was awarded the inaugural Hutchinson Indigenous Fellowship at the University of Melbourne, working with numerous Indigenous communities to revitalise traditional technologies of Biganga (possum skin cloak) creation. More recently, Tiriki co-directed the feature documentary Ablaze which premiered at the 2021 Melbourne International Film Festival to great acclaim. The documentary uncovers a film made 70 years ago by Tiriki’s grandfather, William Bill Onus, an important leader in the Aboriginal rights movement.