Edith Cowan University (ECU) has a strong focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research, particularly initiatives led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers. This collection features a selection of publications from Research Online, ECU’s institutional repository about education, language and culture, health and wellbeing, and land and ecology in the context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia.

ECU is committed to reconciliation and recognises and respects the significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ communities, cultures and histories. ECU acknowledges and respects the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as the traditional custodians of the land.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are advised that this collection may include images, sounds, and names of deceased persons.

All users should be aware that certain words, terms, or descriptions may be culturally sensitive or considered inappropriate today, but reflect the period in which they were written.


The Rock Solid Foundations tribute at the ECU Mount Lawley campus commemorates the over 600 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates from ECU, and its predecessor institutions. Some of the graduates honoured at the site studied at the teacher education institutions that joined together to become ECU in 1991. ECU's strong focus on education continues and is demonstrated in this collection of publications.

Language and culture

ECU acknowledges the significance that language, cultural expression and cultural practice hold in sharing knowledge and defining community. These publications discuss a range of artforms, including cinema, performance, music, visual art, and poetry. ECU researchers are at the forefront of the movement to revitalise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages that are in danger of being lost.

Health and wellbeing

ECU researchers address wide-ranging health and wellbeing issues that impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families, and communities.

Land and ecology

The publications in this collection explore issues related to social justice, connection to place, and sustainable interactions between humans and the environment.

Kurongkurl Katitjin, ECU’s Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research, plays a vital role in assisting the University to meet its commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Further research from Kuringkurl Katitjin and related areas of study, can be found in the repository in the following collections:

ECU library would like to thank the staff of Kurongkurl Katitjin for their valuable contribution to this online exhibition.