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