A fascinating journey of ‘discovery and renaissance’
Reflecting the 2018 NAIDOC Week theme “Because of Her, We can”, Notre Dame staff and members of the wider Fremantle community were taken on a ‘journey of discovery and renaissance’ by talented West Australian artist, Gina Williams.
Learning the Nyungar language through a TAFE course many years ago started Gina on an “incredible pursuit of her two greatest loves: music and language”.
As the keynote speaker at the University’s NAIDOC celebrations on 13th July, she provided a fascinating insight into the language through the “four principles” of Koort (heart), Moort (family and community), Boodja (land) and Koorlangka (children/legacy). Following the keynote address Gina was joined on stage by Guy Ghouse for a 40 minute music set.
Head of Campus Professor Selma Alliex said “Aboriginal women have made their mark in every professional field and have been vocal advocates of justice, equal rights and equal access to education and employment in addition to their role in maintaining strong ties with their families.”
Senior Lecturer from the School of Medicine Louise Austen said “the University was privileged to know and have such strong, creative, warm, courageous and humorous Aboriginal women in the community to provide knowledge, healing, guidance and care for our local Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community.”
Notre Dame’s National Director of Indigenous Education, Associate Professor Clive Walley, said the 2018 NAIDOC theme provided “an opportunity to reflect and fully respect the contributions our women have made to their families, their children and to their community.”
The NAIDOC celebrations concluded with a flag raising ceremony in Mouat Street and an exhibition in the Manjaree Student Space of art, fashion and local bush products created by Aboriginal women Neta Knapp, Danielle Thurlow, Carolyn Moylan and first year medical student, Elizabeth Wohlrab.