Tree carving on ANU Campus by Paul Girrawah House

***Note change in meeting point for Friday 28 June, 2-3pm***

In celebration of National Reconciliation Week 2024 (Now More Than Ever) and NAIDOC (Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud) Weeks 2024, ANU invites you to experience First Nations culture and heritage come to life in this tree carving ceremony/practice on Country at ANU campus grounds by Paul Girrawah House, Ngambri-Kamberri Walgalu, Wiradyuri and Wallaballooa Custodian.

Ngambri-Kamberri- Canberra

Mulangarri-dyu Ngambri-Kamberri Ngurambang (Alive on Ngambri-Kamberri Country)

Paul Girrawah House, Ngambri-Kamberri Walgalu, Wiradyuri and Wallaballooa Custodian

The spirit of our Ngambri (Kamberri) ancestors and old people is in the trees. The old trees on ANU campus help keep the peace. Trees help anchor our identity and belonging to Country, they hold knowledge, nurture and maintain the wellbeing of our people, plants, animals and stories. Trees help maintain lore and custom. They are our physical and spiritual guardians. They inform us how to be on Country. It's a story that is part of the truth-telling of our ancestors and Country. The contemporary markings of trees on Country and on ANU campus grounds is about many things, including a 'right over might' approach - a right for our ancestors, elders and families to be acknowledged, respected and honoured.

Important information

Registration is mandatory and attendees of all ages are welcome to this event. Children under the age of 12 years must be supervised by a parent or guardian and must have a ticket.

Accessibility information - Both locations require a 5-10 minute walk from the meeting point. The trees are located close to accessible pathways but will require some travel across uneven grassy ground.

This event has two sessions viz. 25 and 28 June and location on these dates are different. Please meet 10 mins before the sessions at the meeting points below and our volunteers will take you to the location of the tree.

 Tuesday 25 June, 11-12pmFriday 28 June, 2-3pm
Meeting pointANU Crawford School of Public Policy
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Date and Times


The Australian National University

Acton, ACT, 2600