Steve Miller, M&G NSW's Aboriginal Programs Manager sat down with Dolla Merrillees, Director, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) and Marcus Hughes, Indigenous Programs Producer, MAAS, to discuss their recently launched Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property Protocol (ICIP) and the new Elders in Residence Program.
The MAAS RAP recognises the role of the Museum as custodians of historic objects and outlines approaches to fostering an ongoing orientation of reconciliation within the organisation.
The Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) protocol establishes MAAS’s commitment to recognise and respect the right of Indigenous peoples, communities and custodians to protect, maintain, control and benefit from their intellectual property, both tangible and intangible. MAAS acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land and gives respect to the Elders – past and present – and through them to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
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