Tuesday, July 11, 2017 — The Australian National University (ANU) has launched a new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Trail.
ANU collaborated with the local Indigenous community, including members from the Ngambri, Ngunnawal, Ngunawal and Ngarigu groups to create the trail.
ANU Heritage Officer Amy Jarvis said this was a significant project for the University.
“Working with the local Aboriginal community has been such an honour and it is fantastic that ANU can provide an accessible platform for the local Aboriginal community to share their stories,” Ms Jarvis said.
Archaeologist Dave Johnston, Director of Aboriginal Archaeologists Australia, has worked closely with ANU on the project and engagement with Indigenous communities.
"The ANU Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Trail represents an exciting partnership of engagement and cultural recognition,” Mr Johnston said.
“The local custodians have generously provided their stories, knowledge and history, to be presented within the Trail for all to see, learn and appreciate.
“As an ANU Indigenous Alumnus, I am delighted that the community whose country I have lived in and worked with for over 30 years has engaged in a strong partnership of respect and recognition with the University I studied at.”
The self-guided walking trail has 15 stops and includes discussion of cultural practices and connection to country, as well as the Indigenous use of natural resources and local area including Sullivan’s Creek and Black Mountain.
The trail also includes ANU stories about student activism and reconciliation and links to relevant research schools and centres at ANU, such as the Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre and the National Centre for Indigenous Studies.
The trail can be accessed via the signs along the way, the ANU Walks App, or a brochure available at several locations on campus such as the Tjabal Centre, Menzies and Chifley Libraries and Student Central.
The self-guided walk is open to the public.
Anyone interested in arranging guided tours by members of the Aboriginal community can contact Amy Jarvis, ANU Heritage Officer, on 02 6125 8794.
For media assistance, contact Kate Prestt on the ANU media hotline on 02 6125 7979 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.