Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples

Discover Indigenous knowledge and culture. Join Gnibi College and gain the skills to make a difference.

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Situated in the heart of the Bundjalung Nation on the North Coast of NSW, Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples is also represented at the Coffs Harbour and Gold Coast campuses, on the territories of the Gumbaynggirr People and Nganduwal Minjungbal/Yugambeh People of the northern end of Bundjalung Country respectively. The name Gnibi was gifted to the University by Widjabul Elders of the Bundjalung Nation and is the Bundjalung word for 'black swan'.  It is also the name the Bundjalung people gave to the star system, or constellation, that early European explorers called the ‘Southern Cross’.

Gnibi College is committed to delivering culturally safe, dynamic and innovative courses, providing professional career pathways, and engaging in scholarship and research relevant to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the discipline of Indigenous Knowledge. Our aims are to support students in teaching and learning that is founded on the Gnibi Elders Principles, social justice, cultural integrity and inclusion through education.This is achieved by providing a learning environment that validates an Indigenous cultural framework, affirms Indigenous Knowledge systems and focuses upon theory building and practice innovation.

Gnibi College prepares graduates to work within Indigenous communities, building capacity for social, cultural and economic development and with a focus on education, health and wellbeing and employment opportunities, we invite you to explore our range of course options.

Pearl Andrews, Bachelor of  Indigenous Knowledge student stands laughing outside the Lismore Library at Southern Cross University surrounded by trees and native plants

“I have absolutely loved this Bachelor. It has made studying so fun and an experience full of passion and excitement. I've had a lot of confrontation, which has been really important, and undergone a transformation both individually and academically.”


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Indigenous Australian Student Services (IASS) provides a wide range of information, advice and support to Indigenous Australian students in a culturally appropriate, safe, friendly and supportive environment.

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Southern Cross University’s Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge is a unique and highly regarded program. It provides students with a comprehensive understanding of Indigenous knowledge systems, and contemporary and social justice issues. It positions its graduates as leaders in the field of Indigenous studies and affairs.

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