Do you know the meaning of Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country?
Did you know that a Smoking Ceremony aims to cleanse and purify the space in which the ceremony takes place?
Do you know Macquarie university stands on the land of Darug people?
And there is so much more!
If you walked past Walanga Muru (W3A) recently you would have seen the black snapper fish. Do you know what it represents? Auntie Kerrie Kenton explains:
“The black snapper is a shy but clever fish, who uses the shadows and patterns created by the mangroves to protect the younger fish. The mangroves are their nursery, their school and their home. The mangroves represent life – the obstacles and tangles that we need to navigate.
At Walanga Muru, we seek to support students to choose the right path to take and assist them to navigate the obstacles and tangles of life, to emerge as strong, resilient leaders for the future.”
Have you heard of Patyegarang? Patyegarang was a young Darug woman who helped William Dawes (who arrived with the First Fleet in Australia in 1788) to better understand and communicate with Aboriginal Australians by teaching Dawes her language. As a result he was one of the first Europeans to defend Aboriginal rights after he refused to take part in a punitive expedition against Aboriginal Australians. The Patyegerang Indigenineous Strategic Committee at Macquarie iswas named after her.
Want to learn more? Walanga Muru, Macquarie University’s Aboriginal student engagement and strategy office, is seeking your input as they design a cultural competency package that will teach you more about Aboriginal culture.
Tell them what you want to know in this 2 minute survey and go into a draw to win this beauty.
Be quick, the survey closes this Friday (17th March)!