28 July 2021

We would like to formally apologise for the plagiarism that occurred when sharing a piece on First Nations identity terminology two days ago. 

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.

We acknowledge all First Peoples of this land and celebrate their enduring connections to Country, knowledge and stories. We pay our respects to Elders and Ancestors who watch over us and guide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

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