2013, 1123. Knowing and understanding Indigenous perspectives is a good first steptowardsapeacefulco-existence.Further,recognitionatlawthat thecontinentwasnot‘empty’exposescontradictionsinboththelaw andtheConstitution,andbringsintothelawconsiderationsofaonce
‘invisible’andneglectedpeople.Thiscanbeaconfrontingissue for students. But addressing these contradictions openly and in an honest manner will help to reconcile social attitudes with the law as itevolvesandmovestoaccommodateissuessuchastherecognition of Indigenous people in the Constitution.
This article is in seven parts. Part II explains the concept of ICC and Part III identifies some pedagogical considerations. Part IV outlinestheapproachtodevelopmentofICCatthe Australian NationalUniversity’sCollegeofLaw(‘ANULawSchool’),andPart Vconsidershowthe ANUlawschoolunit,Indigenous Australians andtheLaw(‘unit’)isevaluated.Part VIexamineswhatmutual lessons there might be for law schools and institutions, some of which have already begun their own attempts at incorporating ICC. PartVII contains concluding remarks. II DEFININGINDIGENOUSCULTURALCOMPETENCY There isnouniversally accepted definition ofICC,butUA’s definitionhasbeenendorsedbyseniorIndigenousbodiesandcarries the imprimatur of the UA,10 and is therefore adopted here.
The UACC Report defines ICC as:11 StudentandstaffknowledgeandunderstandingofIndigenousAustralian cultures, histories and contemporary realities and awareness of Indigenous protocols combined with the proficiency to engage and workeffectively inIndigenouscontexts congruent totheexpectations of IndigenousAustralian peoples.
10 UACCGuidingPrinciples,aboven4,5–29.The5principlesarealsosummarised at page 8 of the UACC Report, namely that:
(4) Indigenous staffing will be increased at all appointment levels and, for academic staff, across a wider variety of academic fields and
(5) UniversitieswilloperateinpartnershipwiththeirIndigenouscommunitiesand will help disseminate culturally competent practices to the wider community.
11 UACCReport,171(emphasisadded). TheUACCReportiscomprehensiveand coversarangeofICC-relatedissuessuchasanationalstocktake,identifying best practice, developing Indigenous research capacity.It advocates inclusion of Indigenousperspectivesatalllevelsofuniversitygovernance. Theseaspectsare not repeated here. Thedefinitionhastwobroadlimbs. Thefirstlimbconsistsofa two-part cognitive aspect specifying what a person ought to know and understand, and the second limb is a skills element that requires the possessor of the knowledge and understanding (in the first limb),tobringthistobearonpractical exigenciesandtodosoina particular way. A