Our commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Our commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Our commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Macquarie University is committed to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to produce the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders.  

The traditional custodians of the Macquarie University land are the Wattamattagal clan of the Darug nation.

Traditions of knowledge sharing and learning have taken place and continue to take place on this land since the time of the Ancestors and the Dreaming. Culture, customs, spirituality, language and Dreaming are embedded within the landscape and life of this land. As an institution of education, Macquarie is committed to creating spaces for the continuation of Aboriginal knowledge and learning, as unique and vital components of our shared national culture and history.

In referring to Aboriginal Peoples, Walanga Muru refers inclusively to all Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Acknowledgement of Country

Walanga Muru – Macquarie University’s Aboriginal student engagement and strategy office acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which our office is situated, the Wattamattagal people of the Darug nation, whose cultures and customs have nurtured, and continue to nurture, this land, since the Dreamtime. We pay our respects to the Darug people and the Wattamattageal clan, the Wallumai black snapper fish people. 

“The Wallumai (local totem) 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. Once we learn the right path to take, we are safe in that knowledge and in our lives. At Walanga Muru – Office of Indigenous Strategy, we seek to assist our students to navigate the obstacles and tangles of life, to emerge as strong, resilient leaders for the future.” 

We also wish to acknowledge the Elders of the Darug nation, past, present and future, and pay our respects to them. We further wish to honour and pay our respects to the ancestors and spirits of this land, and humbly ask that all members of the Macquarie University community are granted with the capacity to wingara – to think, to learn and to walk safely upon this pemul – this land. The University continues to develop respectful and reciprocal relationships with all Indigenous people in Australia and with other Indigenous people throughout the world.

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