Hi. My name is Tim Bishop and I’m a proud descendant of the Muruwari people from the Culgoa region in Northern NSW. It is both an honour and a privilege to perform an Acknowledgement of Country.
I would like to acknowledge and pay my respects to the Gadigal clan as the traditional custodians of the land where we are gathered today. It is upon their ancestral grounds which International Grammar School is located.
I would like to acknowledge all elders past, present, and emerging, all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in attendance, as well as other Indigenous peoples from across the globe, and to extend this respect to all non-Indigenous peoples gathered.
The showcase for the 2020 IGS Year 12 Aboriginal Studies Major Project is something which I’m excited to witness, as it is an opportunity for these students to demonstrate their understandings. Through the development of their research skills, casting their net broader and looking for what might not be there, the students have taken part in a guided consultation in the formation of their Major Project. At the heart of Aboriginal Studies is the valuing, appreciation and privileging of Indigenous Knowledge. Their respective projects will embrace this Knowledge through their own unique perspectives, and again, I can’t wait to see what they bring to the table.
These students are tomorrow’s leaders, and by nurturing them we are caring for future generations and the land which we all share.
Aboriginal land. Always was, Always will be. Aboriginal land. Thank you.
The Hon Linda Burney MP congratulates IGS
IGS respectfully asks audiences to be aware that deceased people may be depicted in this exhibition.