Issue 8
Monday, 23 May 2016
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Smoke from smouldering native plants is believed to have cleansing properties
Smoke from smouldering native plants is believed to have cleansing properties

Menzies to host smoking ceremony

A smoking ceremony will feature at the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) during Reconciliation Week, which begins on Friday, May 27.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of formal reconciliation in Australia, 15 years since Reconciliation Australia was formed and 10 years since the start of the Reconciliation Action Plan program.

Reconciliation Week 2016 has the theme “Our History, Our Story, Our Future”. Menzies will hold the smoking ceremony at its new building on Casuarina campus.

The ceremony will be conducted by Tony Lee, a senior Larrakia man, while a Welcome to Country will conducted by Bilawara Lee, Elder on campus.

The ceremony will involve smouldering native plants to produce smoke, which is believed to have cleansing properties and the ability to ward off bad spirits.

The smoking ceremony will be held Building Red 9 from 12 noon and will be followed by a staff BBQ.