Murdoch celebrates Indigenous achievement

July 3, 2017

(L-R)Dr Richard Walley OAM, artist Bianca Willder and Braden Hill at the event.

The rich diversity and high achievement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students has been celebrated at Murdoch University.

Murdoch Chancellor David Flanagan and Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre Manager, Braden Hill recently hosted the Indigenous partnerships, exhibition and Kulbardi Bullargar networking event at Murdoch. The event aimed to build on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

Representatives from leading organisations including Chevron, Virgin Australia and Herbert Smith Freehills heard of Kulbardi’s successful external partnerships, which have benefited Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at Murdoch.

Mr David Flanagan said the University had a proud history of supporting reconciliation, with the event giving Murdoch’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, Alumni and corporate partnerships a chance to interact and celebrate Reconciliation.

“Our Reconciliation Action Plan (2015-2018) guides much of the important work we do as an institution in seeking to work towards equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” Mr Flanagan said.

“We recognise this commitment is one the entire institution needs to support. Through strong relationships founded in mutual recognition and respect, we can achieve our shared objectives.

“However, we cannot achieve equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people alone. As a University, we highly value the input of those who partner with us on this journey and the role our external partners have played in fostering our graduates’ success across a range of industries and sectors.”

Mr Hill said Bullargar Katitjin means learning together, which is why the Kulbardi Bullargar event was a great opportunity for the University, and its students, to collaborate with professionals working in, and with, the Aboriginal community.

“It’s vitally important we discover new ways and opportunities in which the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre can connect and engage with external partners, for our current Aboriginal student cohort, who are the next generation fighting for our futures,” he said.

“It was wonderful to showcase successful external partnerships stories, which have greatly contributed to the achievements of Murdoch’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.”

The Australian Taxation Office, Chevron, Virgin Australia, AFL SportsReady, Herbert Smith Freehills, South West Aboriginal Medical Service, the Water Corporation and Network Aviation were among the organisations to attend this year’s event.

The inaugural Aboriginal graduand sash and Aboriginal art exhibition for Reconciliation Week were also unveiled at the event.

The Bullargar Katitjin art exhibition celebrates the rich diversity of contemporary Australian Indigenous culture through a selection of artworks from the Murdoch University Art Collection. The exhibition will be on display at Murdoch University’s Art Gallery until October of 2017.

If you wish to speak with the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre about partnership opportunities, please contact kulbardi@murdoch.edu.au or phone (08

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