Empowering Cultural Change: Government Archives responses to implementing the Tandanya-Adelaide Declaration

Date and Hour: June 9th 2021 / 12.00 -13:15 AEST, 4:00 – 5:15 CET 

Language: English 

Webinar Summary  

In October 2019 the International Council on Archives and its Expert Group on Indigenous Matters issued the Tandanya-Adelaide Declaration to challenge archives to “re-imagine the meaning of archives as an engaging model of social memory; to embrace Indigenous worldviews and methods of creating, sharing and preserving valued knowledge; and to decolonize our archival principles with Indigenous knowledge methods, to open the meaning of public archives to Indigenous interpretations, is to bring new dynamics of spirituality, ecology and Indigenous philosophy into the European traditions of archival memory.”  

With this challenge in mind, three government archive institutions of the Council of Australasian Archives and Records Authorities have commenced the process of responding to the Tandanya-Adelaide Declaration and will share their progress, as well as sharing some of the challenges they face in making the necessary changes.


Simon Froude

Director State Records South Australia 

Taila Roth

Regional Archivist, Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga – Archives New Zealand 

David Fricker

Director-General National Archives of Australia 

Phyllis Williams

Director Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement, National Archives of Australia 


Normand Charbonneau

ICA Vice-President (Programme)