Focus areas
Early childhood; cultural identity

Senior Research Officer

Felicity McCallum is an Awabakal Elder and a PhD candidate in the Schools of Theology and History at Charles Sturt University, focused on Indigenous–British engagement and reconciliation in Australia. She is currently based in Canberra where she has been a Research Fellow in the Centre for Public and Contextual Theology (PaCT) since 2018 and a lecturer at the Australian Catholic University 2018–21.

From 1995 to 2017, Felicity was a full-time educator and ministry coordinator in Catholic schools in NSW, Australia, and also in the Marist network of schools, France. She has also been a Yoga teacher and practitioner in The Journey since 2008. Her approaches in education have been aimed at cultivating deep experiences of learning, health and wellbeing, often from a sense of identity and spirituality.

At BSL Felicity will be working closely with early childhood colleagues in urban and remote parts of Australia to support children, especially Indigenous Australian children, in their experience of education so that they will grow up in an atmosphere of trust, connected to their authentic identity, to empower their communities.

Awabakal cultural and repatriation processes, connecting within the wider Australia community, have strengthened Felicity’s commitment to research and publication methods that are ethical, responsible and thoughtful, sensitive and ultimately life-affirming for all involved.

Selected external publications

Hendry, J, Huggins, P, Kempster, H and McCallum, F 2021,  'The opportunity of a new beginning': Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the transformative power of forgiveness , Opinion, 23 December, ABC Religion and Ethics.

McCallum, F 2021, Restoring her name: the witness of Mahrahkah and the survival of a nation , Opinion, 5 July, ABC Religion and Ethics.

McCallum, F 2021,  Recognition is needed to prevent the inner collapse of First Nations people , Opinion, 25 May, ABC Religion and Ethics.

McCallum, F 2021, I've got Hunter Valley coal in my blood, but Joel Fitzgibbon doesn’t speak for me or the valley I know , Sydney Morning Herald, 16 February.

McCallum, F 2020, Awabakal history gives us a glimpse of what reconciliation looks like , Opinion, 8 June, ABC Religion and Ethics.