Kinyera Wari / Nyina Ba Kalawa at the Mount Gambier campus

On 28 April 2023, the University officially opened the Kinyera Wari / Nyina Ba Kalawa – a Yacca path and yarning circle – at the Mount Gambier campus. The new site provides a space for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples to connect and yarn, and helps to create a welcoming and culturally inclusive environment for all.

The opening event was well attended with over 50 guests, who represented staff, students and local community. The formal proceedings included a Welcome to Country and song presentation by Elder Aunty Penny Bonney; a smoking ceremony by Uncle Doug Nicholls; and remarks by Robyn Campbell, CEO of Burrandies Aboriginal Corporation, and Neville Rankine, Deputy Chair of UniSA’s ISSP Governance Group.

The yarning circle is available for local University and community use. Contact the Mount Gambier team for more information.

Enterprise Hub / Yangadlitya Kumangka Kaurna Name Dedication

Smoking ceremony E hub

A Kaurna naming ceremony for the University’s Enterprise Hub was held on 23 March 2023. The new space was named Yangadlitya Kumangka – which means ‘for the future, together’ – to reflect that the space is a place of partnership and community, and to capture the spirit of being open to the future, together. The name was bestowed by Kaurna Elder Dr Uncle Lewis O’Brien AO, and formal permission was provided by the Kaurna Warra Karrpanthi, the custodians of Kaurna language and culture.

The formal proceedings included a smoking ceremony provided by Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri man Isaac Hannam; and remarks by Uncle David Rathman AM PSM, who is a member of the Purkarninthi in Residence, the UniSA Chancellor, and Vice Chancellor and President.

Read more about the Enterprise Hub and see pictures from the ceremonies in UniSA News.

Lewis O’Brien / Yarlupurka Building Dedication

Uncle Lewis

The University’s Law Building was renamed in November 2021 and dedicated in honour of Dr Uncle Lewis Yarlupurka O’Brien AO, Fellow of the University, and member of the Purkarninthi in Residence.

The Lewis O’Brien / Yarlupurka Building is the future site of the Aboriginal Knowledges Centre, an interdisciplinary space for staff, students and the community to gather, connect and share knowledge. ‘We are the oldest living culture in the world, and we should celebrate that’, Uncle Lewis says, and ‘the knowledge we do possess is very invaluable. We got to build on it, and share the knowledge and the strength of our culture, and let it guide us all’. 

Watch this video to hear Uncle Lewis reflect on the importance of knowledge and education; read this article to learn about his legacy; and see pictures from the building dedication in UniSA News.  

Bradley building displaying the WIPC banners

'World Indigenous Peoples' Conference on Education 2022

The 'World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Education (WIPCE) draws First Nations representatives from across the globe to share successes and strategies for culturally grounded education and community development.  The Adelaide WIPCE was the 12th to be held in September 2022.

The theme of the WIPCE 2022 was Indigenous Education Sovereignty: Our Voices…Our Future.

The Office of Aborigonal Leadership and Strategy sponsored a total of 31 UniSA staff, students and Purkarninthi in Residence participants to attend.