Culture and connections

Cultural connections, Riawunna community room, events and activities.

Riawunna's Cultural Collection - tunapri milaythina

Riawunna is proud of its cultural collection of water carriers, shell necklaces and baskets. We also have an art collection across our three Lutruwita campuses.

Riawunna Community Room

This is a welcoming space for students to hang out, chat, relax, and connect. We hold events throughout the academic year, such as lunches, morning teas, yarning circles, community events, and film nights

Riawunna Community Program

The Riawunna Community Program is facilitated by the Aboriginal Student Advisers or the Aboriginal Community Engagement Officers. The Riawunna Community Program showcases that Tasmanian Aboriginal culture is at the heart of the Riawunna Centre to support students and access for potential students. The Program strengthens our welcoming environment for students, staff and the Aboriginal community, through learning Aboriginal knowledges. The Program provides opportunities for Community members to access the University of Tasmania. Riawunna works closely with the Communities Team to deliver cultural experiences to the University Community.

Aboriginal Community Engagement Officers

The Aboriginal Community Engagement Officers are well respected Community members with strong connections to the Aboriginal Community and organisations. The Engagement Officers are out and about in the Community visiting families and organisations providing information and encouraging potential students to attend Riawunna and enrol in the Murina Program.They facilitate cultural events under the Riawunna Community Program to encourage people to the University from Aboriginal Dance workshops, weaving workshops to traditional fire stick making.  The Community Engagement Officers are located on the Sandy Bay and Newnham campuses. Note that the Newnham Aboriginal Community Engagement Officer is currently looking after Cradle Coast.

Sandy BayNewnhamWest Park
Janet Ross
Janet.Ross@utas.edu.au
Georgie Spotswood-Stebbings
georgie.spotswoodstebbings@utas.edu.au
Brendan Murray
Brendan.Murray@utas.edu.au

Riawunna social and cultural events

We host cultural activities with the University Aboriginal community for events like NAIDOC week, Orientation Week, Open Day, Harmony Day, Mental Health Day, yarning circles and many other important occasions. Riawunna promotes its social and cultural events through email and Facebook.

NAIDOC Week celebrations

Riawunna celebrates NAIDOC Week each year with the University and the Aboriginal community. It is a significant week for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who celebrate their history, culture and achievements. Every year the Riawunna team facilitates activities across the three campuses.

Welcome ceremony protocols

Welcome to Country ceremonies are an important ceremony to be conducted by a Tasmanian Aboriginal Elder or Cultural Educator to welcome people onto lutruwita Aboriginal land.

A Welcome to Country always occurs at the opening of an event and is the first item on the Program. The Welcome may be done through a speech, song, dance or smoking ceremony.

A Welcome to Country ceremony acknowledges the traditional owners and shows respect for the Tasmanian Aboriginal community.

University staff can find out more via the Staff Portal here