The ANU College of Business and Economics acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as the traditional custodians of this land. Our vision is for an Australia that provides equal opportunities for all, while recognising and respecting the special place, culture and contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first Australians. The College is committed to closing the gap that exists for Indigenous people and will work towards this goal through the actions outlined in the University’s Reconciliation Action Plan.
Acknowledgement of Country
We begin all public events with an acknowledgement of traditional owners or a Welcome to Country.
Guidance can be found in our Acknowledgment of Country Guide.
Bush Tucker and Medicine from Black Harry Country and Surrounding Districts
Top – Yam Daisy – Vegetable that sustained First Nations people on Country, it was a staple of the local diet for Ngambri and Ngunnawal peoples, and was renowned as a food staple for First Nations people further afield.
Centre – Canberra Bluebell - When they flower is the time for harvesting Bogong moths. This coincides with ceremonies, known as ‘running to the feast’, recognition of the transition from young boys to men, and bringing together clans for cultural exchange ceremonies including marriage.
Bottom – Bush tucker gathering, mixture of herbs and other plant life.
This painting was created by Dr Matilda House, Ngambri-Ngunnawal elder, and students from the ANU College of Business and Economics (CBE) on 6 August 2019. The painting project acknowledges and celebrates the First Australians of the ACT region and pays respect to elders past, present and emerging.
A project of the CBE Reconciliation Action Plan Committee
- CBE Reconciliation Action Plan Committee Terms of Reference
- Acknowledgment of Country Guide
- Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre
- ANU Reconciliation Action Plan
- Reconciliation Australia factsheet on Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country
- Factsheet on Demonstrating inclusive and respectful language
Committee Chair: Richard Farran