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Supporting the Encounters project

Supporting the Encounters project

By celebrating the creativity of Australia’s First Peoples — from first contact in 1770 to modern times — this exhibition will provoke serious reflection on the evolution of our shared experiences and history as a nation. It will draw you into examination of our lives entwined.

Peter Yu, Chair, National Museum of Australia Indigenous Advisory Committee

The Canberra exhibition based on the Encounters project is scheduled to open in late 2015.

It will generate a rich program of discussions and debates about the nature of Australia’s colonial history in different parts of the continent. It will also generate discussion about the stewardship role of museums in holding Indigenous materials linked to these histories.

As such, the exhibition has the capacity to influence public discourse about these fundamental issues, and we look forward to all Australians participating in this project.

There are plenty of ways you can be a part of Encounters. Right now you can help to realise this ambition by contributing to the National Museum Fund or by joining our Museum Friends.

Check the Encounters website often for further news, and watch out for the Encounters blog.

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