News  » Aboriginal Education Program at Dorroughby EEC

Last updated 5:19 PM on 19 February 2017

Dorroughby EEC's Aboriginal Studies program is called ‘Garrima' (modern Bundjaling word for respect) and emphasizes  the  importance  of  the  Widjabul / Wiyabul  people (who  are  part   of   the  broader  Bundjalung  Nation) as the traditional  owners  of  the  land  at  and   near   our   centre.  The Garrima program will use   approved methods and content by the AECG and the Bundjalung Elders Council, to teach about   the traditional lifestyles, connection   to  place, plants, tools, land uses and sustainability practices of the Widjabul / Wiyabul people.

On Wednesday 28th October 2015 a special celebration was held with Widjabul Elders, local teachers and local aboriginal students from The Ngulingah Campus (Southern Cross Distance Education Unit) to celebrate the completion of a traditional Aboriginal Gunyah (shelter) and the release of the new Aboriginal Studies program. The Gunyah and a welcome sign to the centre were completed by students in traditional Bundalung language with the assistance of local Aboriginal artist Digby Moran. A welcome to country was given by Uncle Charles and special guests included Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell and Director of Public Schools Peter Campbell. A feature of the ‘Garrima' program will be the Gunyah built by the Ngulingah students. Dorroughby EEC  is  authorized by the AECG and with permission from The  Bundjalung  Elders  Council to  teach  this  program.