ANU leads project to update Atlas of Indigenous Australia

26 May 2017

ANU will lead a two-year project to produce a second edition of the Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt announced the project as part of the University's ongoing commitment to reconciliation and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum.

"I am pleased to announce that the ANU has entered into a collaborative partnership with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and Macquarie Dictionary Publishers to produce a second edition of the Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia," Professor Schmidt said.

"The Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research will lead the project over the next two years and oversee the revision and updating of chapters of the book."

For the first edition in 2005, the ANU Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research brought together researchers and contributors from across the nation to create the first comprehensive spatial analysis of Australian Indigenous life.

A large, colourful and accessible book with hundreds of maps and illustrations, the prize winning Atlas demonstrated how space and locality are fundamental to understanding Indigenous life, both in the past and today.

In the foreword to the Atlas, Dr Jackie Huggins AM FAHA and now co-chair of than National Congress of Australia's First People's, wrote: "...reconciliation hinges on relationships which allow us to step into each other's shoes, to recognise common ground and to appreciate difference. Visually and with words, this atlas encourages readers to do all three".

The ABS, through its Centre of Excellence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics and Community Engagement, will update and create new maps and charts, drawing on newly released 2016 census data and other recent materials.

Macquarie Dictionary Publishers will design, publish and distribute the book in both hard copy and electronic form.

In the words of Jackie Huggins, the second edition of the Atlas of Indigenous Australia will be "a rich resource for young Australians who must use every tool at their disposal to shape a reconciled nation for the future".