“You need to walk Country to gain knowledge of Country.” This is the sage advice of Uncle Lewis Yarluburka O’Brien, Kaurna Elder and Flinders University’s Senior Elder on Campus at Bedford Park, who will be sharing his knowledge of Country with all staff at a special Elders on Campus presentation from 9am until noon on Monday 22 March.
As part of Flinders University’s Indigenous Reconciliation Action Plan, all Flinders staff and students are invited to attend the coming Padninthiyangga Ngadluku Purkgku event at Alere Function Centre, titled Knowledge of the Land: Speaking for Country.
“Once you learn to know and love your own Country, you can then speak for Country,” explains Uncle Lewis. “By knowing Country, you will learn to love and nurture what you have and not be not envious of others.”
Uncle Lewis is part of a trio of respected Senior Elders On Campus who will be speaking at the event, along with Aunty Pat Miller, Arrernte Elder based at Alice Springs and Uncle Richard ‘Balang/Japaljarri’ Fejo, a Larrakia Elder based in Darwin. They will be sharing their insight and wisdom about their Knowledge of the Land, explaining their practices of deep listening and elaborating their thoughts and perspectives in this enriching conversation.
This event is hosted by Office of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement and Poche SA +NT. Numbers for this event are limited, so please please register via the Eventbrite link to either attend in person at the Alere Function Centre or online.
Those attending in person should note that light refreshments will be provided from 9am at the Alere Function Centre. Online participants should note that formal proceedings will begin at 9.30am and conclude at 11.30am.
The event will also be live streamed to the Student Hub Plaza.