Aunty Matilda House received an honourary doctorate from the Australian National University on Wednesday, the 14th of July. The 72-year-old is a pioneering Aboriginal campaigner in ACT as well as the first person to perform a "Welcome to Country" ceremony at the opening of Federal Parliament.
The pro-vice-chancellor of the university stated that the campaigner has a "long standing connection with ANU... Matilda was involved in the establishment of this [Tjaba Indigenous Higher Education Centre] back in 1989. She is [also] the patron of the indigenous network for ANU students that we launched here last year."
Of the doctorate, Ms House said "This doctorate is a recognition of all of my ancestry, and of course, my children. Family is precious and acknowledges the past with all of us."
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