Aboriginal Peoples and the Law Field Trip
During the semester break, students and academics taking part in the "Aboriginal Peoples and the Law" program embarked on a transformative journey to the Yorke Peninsula.
The group walked ‘on country’ with Narungga elder Mr Quenten Agius who shared stories of country and explained the responsibility of caring for country. Mr Agius is the uncle of Dale Agius, the SA Commissioner for First Nations Voice and frequent visitor to the law school. Many of the sites visited by the group are in Dhilba-Guuranda Innes National Park which is co-managed by Narungga rangers. The trip included a visit to Point Pearce, an Aboriginal community that once served as an Aboriginal Mission on the Yorke Peninsula.
This field trip marked the fifth collaboration between the Aboriginal Peoples and the Law program and Mr Agius. Together, they aimed to illuminate two fundamental concepts: "connection to country" and "land as the source of Law." These themes are integral to understanding Indigenous perspectives and the importance of the land in Aboriginal culture.
As we reflect on this remarkable journey to the Yorke Peninsula, we celebrate the dedication of the faculty, the enthusiasm of the students, and the wisdom shared by Narungga elder Mr Quenten Agius. This field trip serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of building bridges of understanding and empathy as we navigate the diverse and dynamic landscape of Australian law and culture.
In the spirit of reconciliation and cultural appreciation, the "Aboriginal Peoples and the Law" program continues to inspire and educate, ensuring that the legacy of Indigenous culture remains alive and thriving for generations to come.