Return, Reconcile, Renew


Over the last two centuries, thousands of Indigenous ancestral remains have been taken from country and sent to cultural and scientific institutions worldwide. The Return, Reconcile, Renew project illuminates the subsequent repatriation of Australian Indigenous ancestral remains over the past 40 years.

The repatriation of ancestral remains represents an extraordinary Indigenous achievement and inter-cultural development of the past 40 years. This international project will provide critical new knowledge to understand repatriation, its history and effects and will provide scholarly and public outcomes that empower community-based research and practice.

The eScholarship Research Centre is consolidating the perspectives and knowledge of repatriation from Indigenous community organisations, government, cultural institutions, and universities. Due to be published in March 2017, the Return, Reconcile, Renew web resource will forge new ground in the Indigenous development of protocols for the digital archiving of, and online access to, information of high cultural sensitivity.

[public resource coming in 2017]


Association on American Indian Affairs
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
eScholarship Research Centre, The University of Melbourne
Gur A Baradharaw Kod Torres Strait Sea and Land Council Torres Strait Islander Corporation
Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre
The Ministry for the Arts, Australian Government
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority
National Centre for Indigenous Studies, The Australian National University
National Museum of Australia
University of Tasmania
University of Otago