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Indigenous Understanding MYBennies: Cultural Celebrations and Rites of Passage


Acknowledgement of Country

Mount St Benedict College acknowledges and pays respect to the past and present raditional custodians and elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Ancestors have walked this country and we acknowledge their special and unique place in our nation’s historical, cultural and linguistic identity.

Visitors should be aware that this Research Guide may contain images or documentation relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are deceased.




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Women's Business- Gunawirra

At Gunawirra we believe that connecting with our culture benefits our physical and emotional wellbeing. Our Women’s Business Program focuses on making ancient wisdom, tools, and culture relevant to our families in the 21st century


Ngunnawal man Adrian Brown demonstrates a smoking ceremony and explains the cultural significance of the smoking and plants he uses.

To an Aboriginal Australian, homeland is not just where you are born. It is where you will die and be buried. It is the center of gravity, heart and soul, beginning and end.

Tex Skuthorpe and Dr Arne Rubinstein discuss the rites of passage that provide a sense of place in community, and share their perspectives on teaching young people as they transition into adult life.


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Deadly Story

This page is all about Life and Lore for us Mob. It provides an overview of the important beliefs and values for Aboriginal people and how we express our culture and Lore. Lore refers to the stories, customs, beliefs and spirituality of Aboriginal people, that was given to us from the Dreaming. Our Lore was passed down through generations by our ancestors and it guides us in how we live our lives everyday.

Cultural Celebrations

Examples of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Civics and Citizenship Celebrations/Commemorations

Throughout the year, there are a number of dedicated days and weeks that are significant for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the field of civics and citizenship, and indeed all Australian citizens committed to the reconciliation movement. Listed below are some examples of such celebratory or commemorative events, both past and present.