Charles Darwin University (CDU) is working with the Larrakia Nation to restore place names and revitalize languages across its Northern Territory campuses.
As part of the process, the CDU will work with Aboriginal leaders to name all new buildings and facilities to ensure they are written with correct grammatical structures, concepts and vocabulary.
In partnership with the Larrakia Nation, the CDU will name its educational and community district, Danara, after Dillybag, a place that houses knowledge.
The new Education and Community Precinct (Danara) is at the heart of the Darwin City Deal. The Darwin City Deal is his 10-year partnership between the Australian and Northern Territory governments and the City of Darwin to promote a more vibrant and livable tropical capital.
CDU Vice Chancellor Scott Bowman said it is important that buildings across campus incorporate the territory’s Aboriginal naming practices.
“By integrating place names with Aboriginal culture and language, all Territorians will be more connected to the land in which they live,” says Professor Bowman.
“Over the past centuries, Indigenous lands have been remapped and renamed by colonial powers across Australia. important to
Lalakia Elder Bilawala Lee (Aunty B) said the new CDU campus building was named in consultation with the Lalakia Nation.
“Charles Darwin University, the students and staff of the College weave a strong and spiritual danara, a dilly bag that carries knowledge and tools as you journey along a successful and fulfilling career.” Aunty B said.
CDU Vice Chancellor First Nations Leadership Reuben Bolt said naming the building in an indigenous language is a start to provide greater inclusion in education for First Nations people in the territory. said it was.
“We are working to give Indigenous place names to the territory’s university campuses, facilities and buildings,” said Professor Boldt.
“This is the first step to encourage and facilitate the greater incorporation of Aboriginal peoples, languages and customs into place names throughout the Northern Territory and the education sector.”
The Northern Territory’s Minister for Business, Employment and Training, Paul Kirby, said naming Charles Darwin University’s CDU campus ‘Danara’ is a great move to keep traditional languages alive in the Northern Territory. said.
“As the new name suggests, the campus will indeed become a storehouse of knowledge, providing students near and far with the skills and education they need to thrive,” Kirby said. .
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Community Development and Local Government Catherine King said Danara, the new name for the school district, is an apt description of a place that brings together students, visitors, academics and other members of the community to learn and grow. said it was.
“The infrastructure we provide today will play a vital role in tomorrow’s territory. In its social, cultural and economic future, we must include indigenous peoples, languages and customs in place names. It will be important to make sure,” said Minister King.