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Traditional Aboriginal welcome

Welcome to country from Associate Professor Simon Forrest

A welcome to country ceremony is a traditional Aboriginal blessing, symbolising the traditional owners' consent to an event taking place on their land. Curtin acknowledges the Nyungar people as the traditional owners of the land on which our main campus is sited and a welcome to country is performed at all major Curtin public events.

Hello, my name is Simon Forrest and I’m a Wadjuk Nyungar man and director of the Centre of Aboriginal Studies here at Curtin University.

I would like to welcome you in Nyungar.
[Welcome in the Nyungar language].

Wadjuk country stretches from Perth city, 50 kilometres to the north, 50 kilometres to the south and 100 kilometres to the east. This is my mother’s maternal country. She grew up in the Swan Valley until she was seven years old, at her great-grandmother’s camp, a lady by the name of Mary Ah Sing, who was the daughter of a Chinese market gardener, William Ah Sing, and a Nyungar woman from the Swan Coastal Plain.

Welcome to my country.
[Welcome in the Nyungar language].

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