Culture

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

The challenge

How might we develop a foundational, digital-first strategy that brings together the breadth of cultural knowledge, education and engagement initiatives of this organisation — and ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and cultures are recognised, respected, celebrated and valued?

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The Story

AIATSIS is Australia's only national institution focused exclusively on the diverse history, cultures and heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia — a task which saw us engage with users, knowledge contributors, philanthropists and community organisations to develop a future-ready digital strategy that would be a platform for cultural knowledge and restoration.

Ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were central to our process — we consulted with community and stakeholders alike to better understand their needs.

Over a period of 12 months our team conducted face-to-face interviews, facilitated discussion groups and co-created scenario-planning models for the future-state of AIATSIS key engagement platform at aiatsis.gov.au

In 2020 we continue to work with this culturally significant organisation developing an impact evaluation methodology and helping the organisation evaluate the impact of their communications and engagement activities.

Our work

Community research
Stakeholder engagement
Community engagement
User experience design
Digital strategy
Digital prototype
Qualitative research
Quantitative research
Impact evaluation

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The boomerang totem of the Gu:na:ni (Kunjen) people from the Mitchell River region, Gulf of Carpentaria, North Queensland.

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In 2020 AIATSIS officially renamed its building Maraga, a Ngunnawal word for a strong and robust shield.

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The AIATSIS map displays the richness and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia

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Reko Rennie — Defying Empire (Long Walk Films)

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Ngulla Wellamunagaa - Gabriel Bani

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Our language. Our country.

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The 2019 AIATSIS exhibition to celebrate the International Year of Indigenous Languages

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We are based in Melbourne, Australia, and our work is conducted across our nation and in various cities around the world. We acknowledge and pay respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of the nation we live and work in and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Our commitment to Indigenous Australia

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