28 July 2021
Gamilaroi man, Luke Pearson, founder and CEO of IndigenousX has been instrumental in shaping a conversation that speaks to the complexity of terminology. We recently updated our article on identity terms and Luke’s work was a central part of this new piece. We did not appropriately attribute the revisions of this piece to Luke, who's ideas, expressions and language are used throughout from his piece published on IndigenousX here. We have now taken down the piece and will continue to link to Luke’s article, acknowledging that Luke’s article best expresses the complexity of identity terminology. It was not a piece we should have attempted without understanding and crediting those who have put intellectual labour into the topic.
We have apologised to Luke and collaborated on next steps. We appreciate that he has taken the time to provide this guidance.
Common Ground apologises to all community we have offended in the sharing of this piece.
We are sorry for what has occurred. As a team, we are learning from this experience to strengthen our editing process to ensure that we give due credit and embed training opportunities internally on plagiarism. We promise to do better.