Indigenous Australians

Acknowledgement

HETI Higher Education acknowledges and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of our country.

With respect for Aboriginal heritage and out of recognition that our campus occupies their traditional lands and waterways, we acknowledge the Darug peoples of the Darug Nation.

As we share our own teaching and learning within HETI Higher Education, we acknowledge that the Darug people survive to this day and we pay respect to the knowledge, skills, histories, traditions and cultures embedded forever within the Aboriginal Custodianship of this land. We also acknowledge the Elders, past and present, and any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students studying with us.

For thousands of years, the area of Parramatta has been occupied by the Burramattagal people, a clan of the Darug, who lived here along the upper reaches of the Parramatta River. Burramattagal is thought to be derived from the Aboriginal word for 'place where the eels lie down' to breed (in Parramatta River).

Our commitment

We aim to foster an environment that embraces and values people's individual differences. Our course level outcomes require students to apply knowledge of, and respect for, Aboriginal peoples and cultures. HETI Higher Education staff have completed training to enhance knowledge of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

We hope to further include expertise and lived experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to inform our teaching and engage our students. We have started this process with a lecture provided by an Aboriginal person within the Applied Mental Health Studies framework on the topic of supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health.