VALA2020 Plenary 3 Ormond-Parker

Voice, treaty, truth and the archive

Wednesday 12 February 2020, 9:00 – 10:10

Dr Lyndon Ormond-Parker
  • University of Melbourne
  • Research Fellow, Indigenous Studies Unit

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In 2018, the Uluru Statement from the Heart called on all Australians to support a First Nations Voice to parliament, a process of agreement-making and truth-telling between governments and Indigenous people and to enable a deeper understanding of Australia’s shared past and a path towards reconciliation. Part of this deeper understanding is contained within the archives, stored globally, nationally and in many local community-based archives in regional and remote Australia.

There is now a treaty process underway in several states and territories. Focusing on the future, how can voice, treaty and truth telling ensure the long-term preservation of Australia’s diverse Indigenous languages, heritage and cultures.


Dr Lyndon Ormond-Parker is an ARC Research Fellow in the Indigenous Studies Unit of the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. He is a member of the Australian Heritage Council, and the Australian Government Ministry for the Arts, Advisory Committee for Indigenous Repatriation. His research interest is in repatriation, cultural heritage, information technology, community broadcast and the digitisation and preservation of community audiovisual archives.


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