The Woolyungah Indigenous centre is now cleansed both inside and out, allowing the students and staff at WIC to come together as a community in this sacred space.
Students have now been officially welcomed into this space and for the WIC space to be cleansed through a smoking ceremony. In a strong start to the year we were brought into country talking about cultural perspectives and knowledge which provided a deadly kick-start to the year ahead.
Through these cultural practices, it provides new Indigenous students with a welcoming orientation to WIC and a deeper connection to their culture and identity.
Chanse Mclean, Indi Buckskin-James and Shiralee Lawson each spoke briefly yet powerfully about their 2020 visions for our Woolyungah community.
“Welcome new students to WIC and UOW. My vision for 2020 is that we focus on engagement and connection - to country and each other - celebrating Indigenous excellence and success and strengthening our WIC community of students, staff and local mob. You are embarking on a journey where it is important to have support networks set up to walk beside you. Uni is a fast paced environment and it is easy to feel lost in a sea of thousands. WIC is a place to ground your feet, connect and take a breath. We are all here to guide, yarn and help you. Remember - when one of us succeeds, we all succeed. We are a community. We hold each other up. If you happen to stumble, reach out for one of our hands and we will be there. Best of luck and congratulations! “
The event gives all involved the opportunity to be themselves in this safe environment.