Cus­to­di­ans recog­nised

Narrogin Observer - - Observer News - Laura Gru­bisa

Last Satur­day Noon­gar fam­i­lies joined stu­dents and staff from UWA in an Ac­knowl­edge­ment of Gnaala Karla Boodja cer­e­mony at UWA Farm Ridge­field.

The 1600ha farm lo­cated near Pin­gelly is sit­u­ated on Gnaala Karla Boodja with Noon­gar peo­ple trac­ing their con­nec­tions back 45,000 years.

El­ders Merv Abra­ham and Gary Ben­nell per­formed the Wel­come to Coun­try at the Old Farm­house in front of 30 peo­ple, in­clud­ing their fam­ily mem­bers, Pin­gelly lo­cals and UWA rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

UWA deputy vice-chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Kent An­der­son un­veiled a sign ac­knowl­edg­ing the farm was lo­cated on Gnaala Karla Boodja, and the Noon­gar peo­ple re­mained the spir­i­tual and cul­tural cus­to­di­ans of the land. Ad­junct se­nior lec­turer Dr Su­san Bai­ley said the ac­knowl­edge­ment was an im­por­tant foun­da­tion for UWA’s com­mit­ment to work­ing along­side Noon­gar peo­ple.

Pic­ture: UWA

Pro­fes­sor Kent An­der­son, Dr Sue Bai­ley, Gary Ben­nell, Merv Abra­ham, Glo­ria, Khi­anna, and Shaneail Ben­nell with the Gnaala Karla Boodja sign.

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