Traditional Aboriginal welcome

Welcome to country from 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.

This is my mother’s country, my mother’s maternal country.

[Nyungar] Kaya wanju Wadjuk Nyungar boodja, nidja, nidja

[Nyungar] Wadjuk Nyungar boodja. Nidja ngark ngark manyoowa manyoowa Nyungar boodja.

This place is a Nyungar place.

[Nyungar] Nidja Kaatagurup nidja Maatagurup nidja Derbal Yerrigan nidja Boorloo.

May the marr, or wind, spread this koorl or smoke to bring the djindjin or good spirits to this place.

[Nyungar] Kaya wanju Wadjuk Nyungar boodjar.