A new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural precinct will be built in Canberra’s parliamentary triangle.
The $316.5m facility will be called “Ngurra”, which means “home”, “country”, or “place of belonging”.
It will include a learning and knowledge centre, a national resting place to care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestral remains and a new home for the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).
Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt said the new facility would make the world’s largest collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural and heritage items accessible.
“Ngurra will provide a new perspective on our shared history, as a significant moment for truth-telling, and a new place where the diversity of Indigenous Australia and one of the world’s oldest living cultures will be celebrated.”