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Smoking ceremony at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies

Good morning and welcome to the Centre for
Aboriginal Studies and it is great to see so many of you here and many of you are first
years and second years and hopefully we will see a lot more of you over the next three
years as you complete your degrees. My name is Simon Forrest. I’m the Director
for Aboriginal Studies at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies here. I’m a Whadjak Nyungar man, from
Whadjak country. This is my mother’s maternal country and we can trace her family back to
her great grandmother living in Middle Swan and her name was Mary Ah Tsing. She was the
child of an Aboriginal woman and a Chinese market gardener and my mother grew up at her
great grandmother’s camp up in Middle Swan just to the north of Perth. Kaya wanju, kaya whanju, whajak nuwak pujeh.
That’s welcoming you to my mother’s country and my country here on the Swan Coastal Plain
which stretches Whadjak country from about 50 kilometres to the north of Perth to about
50 kilometres to the south and about a hundred kilometres to the east. Moulak just flying over us just then – a white
tailed black cockatoo to welcome you too to the Centre for Aboriginal Studies. So part of my welcome ceremony is the smoking
and I acknowledge my father’s country by using some sandalwood from his country, as part
of the smoking. My father’s country is Yamtjewongoy country to the north and the east. So I will
put some sandalwood on there and I will take some gum off the balga or grass tree as you
see as you enter through the door. The crushed up gum is part of the smoking. Come on down. Come and get some smoke on you. Opari is singing out too to you fellas. The
Centre for Aboriginal Studies is an Aboriginal place, a Nyungar place for us fellas and we
are in an educational institution that is mainly a non Aboriginal place and we come
to this learning. What you are coming here to get is to learn and do things and basically
you are learning about whitefellas and how they do business and what I say is that so
we can infiltrate and get the best of what we can from the whitefella system for our
people whatever way that is. And in terms of this rope, you come to this
place iwth a set of knowledge and values and ways of knowing and doing for over 50,000
years before present. This rope helps to explain that. It is 25 metres long, this rope, and
at this end there is 50,000 years before present at the Escarpment in Arnhem Land. This is
40,000 years before present – this is Middle Swan – this is my mother’s people. This is
land in the Swan Valley here, 40,000 years before the present. And we go along here and there is various
things along this timeline. The earliest cave paintings in France, 30,000 years ago. The
earliest evidence of the Indigenous people of Japan, the Haiynu people. And you keep
going along this rope till we come up to here, 2,000 years ago, the life and times of Christ.
1788, the First Fleet arrived here in Australia over on the Sydney coast. So here’s us and here’s our knowledge system
and our culture. That’s what we have got. That’s what we have in our values and in our
knowledge system. This institution here represents this and
the building behind me represents all of that. So you are here and you are bringing all this
knowledge, all this collective knowledge for over 50,000 years and use it to your benefit.
We are here, we are the dominant force in this place in the Centre for Aboriginal Studies,
we are. black people, we are the dominant force. So use that to your advantage and welcome
to the Centre for Aboriginal Studies. Thank you.

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