The Ngarara Willim Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and RMIT University Student Union have celebrated the official opening of their new homes on City campus.
The opening included a traditional smoking ceremony in front of their new locations in Building 5 on Bowen Street.
Vice-Chancellor and President, Martin Bean CBE, said it was a celebration for the RMIT community and the Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander community.
“We are proud to have the new Ngarara Willim Centre in a prominent location so that all can see our support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People,” he said.
“RMIT University appreciates the rich culture that has been here in Australia for over 60,000 years and continues today.
“The work that the staff at the Ngarara Willim Centre have done and continue to do – to support our Indigenous students to make a real difference to the lives and communities of our First Nations peoples – is significant.
“RMIT is strongly committed to this centre and its work, so it is fitting that it is now located centrally on our City campus.”
Martin said it was appropriate to have RUSU beside the Ngarara Willim Centre, as the face of students studying at RMIT.
“We also acknowledge the work RUSU does in being the voice of students and making their experience extend beyond lectures and assignments.”
Ngarara Willim Centre was established in 1992 and its name, meaning “Gathering Place”, was bestowed by the local Wurundjeri land council.
Originally known Students Representative Council, RUSU was established in 1944, with founding president John Storey Junior.
RUSU has gone from strength to strength throughout the years and is an integral part of the RMIT student experience and environment.