Acknowledgment of Country

We acknowledge the Gimuy Walaburra Yidinji and Yirrangangi as the Traditional Owners of the land, seas, and waterways on which our College and surrounding area stands.  We pay respect to the Elders both past and present.

I am Jennifer King, College Indigenous Liaison Officer.  A proud person and descendant of four aboriginal clan groups, Butchella of Frazer Island, Djiribul of Innisfail, Gugu Yimmithir of Laura, and Hopevale in Cape York.  My great grandparents were removed from the places I mentioned.   Institutionalized on the mission in Yarrrabah or forced off their land to live on the outskirts of towns.

There are 46 students of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage currently at St Monica’s  College, some hold the stories, celebrations and memories of the past, 

it is their responsibility or choice to be the champions of the future by embracing their culture to share with you and their children.  ​

It is a teacher’s responsibility to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education into students curriculum,  it is the students responsibility to listen and understand.

​“Acknowledgment of Country” is something which people from large companies and organisations created as a meaningful gesture to recognise and respect the traditional owners of the land on which they stand, and work.  Acknowledgement of Country is an important practice which reminds us that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been living here with cultural and spiritual connections for thousands of years.

Jennifer King

Indigenous Liaison Officer

Artwork Title – Life, Death, and Resurrection

Artist – Louise Pandella

National Land – Malvien

Language – Ngangiwumirri

 

This painting is a commemoration of the passion and resurrection of Christ. On the left is the seed pod of the lotus which grows in the billabongs of the region. Aboriginal people grind the seeds to make a paste which they roast (unleavened bread). Below this is a paperbark coolamon for collecting seeds or water. Hence the bread and wine of the Eucharist.

Donated by St Monica’s ASSPA Committee 1994