Issue 7
Monday, 07 September 2020
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Charles Darwin University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership and Regional Outreach Professor Reuben Bolt during the smoking ceremony
Charles Darwin University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership and Regional Outreach Professor Reuben Bolt during the smoking ceremony

Traditional Larrakia welcome for Professor Bolt

By Carl Pfeiffer

A group of Larrakia custodians have performed a special ceremony to officially welcome Professor Reuben Bolt as Charles Darwin University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership and Regional Outreach. 

The custodians performed a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony to welcome Professor Bolt to Larrakia land on August 24. 

A descendant of the Yuin/Wandandian and Ngarigo peoples of the south coast of NSW, Professor Bolt began his role at the beginning of the year, however his official welcome was delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

An ambitious scholar with close to 20 years’ teaching and research experience, Professor Bolt said the traditional welcome was extremely important for him. 

“To be welcomed on Larrakia Country in this way, is very special,” he said. 

“This is an experience that not many people have, and I am humbled, to say the least. 

“I am committed to informing the decision-making of the university, to achieve success in Indigenous tertiary education, that ultimately leads to better outcomes for Indigenous staff, students and stakeholders.” 

Professor Bolt was the first person of Aboriginal heritage to graduate with a PhD at the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Health Sciences. He has convened more than 50 university courses across six higher education institutions in the Sydney region.

His research interests focus on identity issues, qualitative research methodologies, narrative analysis techniques and Indigenist research design.