Aboriginal Students at Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame Australia welcomes Aboriginal students. The Fremantle campus is situated on Wadjuk Nyungar boodja (land). The university embraces the diverse range of cultures and traditions to the campus, and recognises Aboriginal students are an important part of the student community.

The film draws on the importance of connection to country and addresses the health and wellbeing from a local Wadjuk perspective in Nyungar country. (Wadjuk is one of the 14 language groups in Nyungar country).

The narrators and story tellers are Wadjuk elders and the continuing significance of Walyalup (Fremantle) is documented, with a particular focus on the continuation of Nyungar people’s cultural knowledges. This includes their health and social well-being, their resilience to adversity and hardship, building upon the strength of their ancestors in a modern world.

The promotional video demonstrates the university’s recognition of the importance of the land on which it is situated in both a historical and contemporary context, and its celebration of sharing Wadjuk boodjar (land) will be a useful in both recruiting and retaining Aboriginal students.

Nyoongar Elder Auntie Marie Taylor

Nyungar Elder Richard Walley with Pilbara Nyangumarta Elder Bruce Thomas ( NAIDOC 2016)

Chris Ross with student Deja Clanton at Ngangkari Healers Workshop (2016)

Medical Students with Yawuru Elder, Micklo Corpus (2016)


The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle uses the term Aboriginal peoples for the many Aboriginal communities and language groups within WA. This demonstrates respect to the Aboriginal community in Western Australia and most accurately acknowledges the diversity of Aboriginal peoples within this state. This is consistent with the approach of State government departments such as the Department of Health (Government of Western Australia Department of Health). In using the term Aboriginal people, no disrespect is intended to Torres Strait Islander people and their communities.