Indigenous graduates excavate the past

Indigenous graduates excavate the past

10 Sep 2010

Sixteen indigenous students will graduate from La Trobe University on Friday 10 September. This group is the first to complete the Certificate IV in Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management, a customised one year course offering training in archaeological and industry skills. The La Trobe based certificate is the only one of its kind offered in Australia.

Professor Tim Murray Victorian Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Richard Wynne will be joining the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Professor Tim Murray at the Melbourne campus tomorrow to help celebrate this achievement.

The course has equipped students with the skills and knowledge to preserve Victoria’s indigenous values and culture across nearly 1000 of the State’s heritage sites.

Under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 much of the protection and management of this enormous resource rests with Aboriginal community organisations.

The graduating class will be able to enter the cultural heritage management industry leading to a greater involvement of Aboriginal people in the protection, management and preservation of their cultural heritage.  

Whilst undertaking the course, students resided in all five of the University’s Victorian campuses often working in the field conducting archaeological excavations and surveys.

At the 2009 launch Executive Director of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria Mr Ian Hamm described this customised course as a highly significant development for the Indigenous Community.

‘It is not just about cultural heritage management, but this course also provides important opportunities for our people by giving them the skills and capabilities to manage land in the wider community,’ Mr Hamm says.

The graduating class of 2010 are now eligible to enter into a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Archaeology.

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