The ancestors' call: Andrew Peters, lecturer in Indigenous studies
After four years of study, including honours, Andrew leapt at the chance to lecture in Indigenous studies.
“I’m a descendant of the local people,” he says. Andrew is descendent of the Wurundjeri and Yorta Yorta people. He teaches about Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve, where he has strong family connections.
“It’s a very significant part of Victorian, let alone Aboriginal history. And it’s wonderful to be able to share that message with students and staff alike.”
Andrew says that knowledge of Indigenous culture in Australia needs to increase. “We can’t separate Indigenous culture in Australia from Australian culture. We can’t separate Indigenous history from Australian history. To fully understand ourselves today, we need to fully understand our history.”
In May 2014 Swinburne launched its first reconciliation action plan (RAP) that establishes ways that the university can engage with Indigenous culture and communities.
“One of my dreams is for Indigenous studies and the study of Indigenous culture to become almost embedded in all aspects of the university,” he says.