MLC has a long history of learning and appreciating Indigenous culture, and we are fortunate to have a long association with Murrundindi, Ngurungaeta of the Wurundjeri tribe, educating the next generation, from our Kindle to Year 12 students. From telling stories, teaching traditional dances and how to use native plants and even boomerang throwing, he does it all!
As is traditional, this week we celebrated National Reconciliation Week, and Murrundindi spent the morning with Kindle students, and performed a smoking ceremony.
"Reconciliation Week is an opportunity for celebration and conversation by Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians," says Lucy Amon, MLC's Indigenous Programs Coordinator. "Australians have a wealth of resources at their fingertips to help raise their own awareness of Australia’s First Nation People, and Reconciliation Week has been the cornerstone of this movement."
Other Reconciliation Week activities at MLC included workshops with Indigenous HIP HOP Projects, screenings of the 2012 film "Mabo" and indigenous artefacts displays. The display blurbs were prepared by Year 7 Indigenous Scholar Sienna Paton, who was involved in the artefact incursion in Term 1 run by Murrundindi.
We also participated in the Worawa Aboriginal College Reconciliation Sports Carnival in footy and netball and were fortunate to be awarded the Louisa Briggs Memorial Shield after our footballing efforts. Watching MLC's footy team warm up for the grand final with their Worawa opponents was a highlight for Lucy. "It was a moment that showed unity despite the impending challenge between students."
One of the hopes Lucy has is encouraging people to think about what they can do day-to-day with education and awareness to reduce segregation, and to challenge the status quo in order to make such impacting change.
Don't forget, our Connecting to Country student group holds many events throughout the year, and say hello to Murrundindi next time you see him around the campus!
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