Yarning with Miriam Rose Ungunmerr Baumann
Reconciliation Queensland is extremely honoured to be able to work with Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumann.
Join us on the 22nd November 2022 for the opportunity to meet and hear from such an inspirational leader.
Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumann, 2021 Senior Australian of the year, is a renowned Aboriginal Artist and Educator who is dedicated to creating bright and fulfilling futures for Aboriginal children and youth. She was the first fully qualified Aboriginal teacher in the Northern Territory and is the founder of the Miriam Rose Foundation. Miriam-Rose speaks five local languages along with English and is responsible for establishing the highly successful Merrepen Arts centre in Nauiyu.
First Fully Qualified Aboriginal Teacher
In 1975, Miriam-Rose returned to Daly River as the Territory’s first fully qualified Aboriginal teacher and for many years held the position of Art Consultant with the Professional Services Branch of the Northern Territory Department of Education. During this time she visited schools throughout the Territory and promoted the inclusion of visual art as a part of every child’s education.
Miriam-Rose also saw the need for more Aboriginal teachers to work among non-Aboriginal school children. She became deeply committed to ensuring that Aboriginal people had the opportunity to become qualified teachers and to manage their own schools. She encouraged other women from Daly River to study to become teachers and initiated a very successful remote area, teaching education program. It was during this time that St Francis Xavier school was completely staffed and managed by Aboriginal people.
Miriam-Rose continues to advocate that education is a matter for the whole community and must be adapted to suit contemporary Aboriginal needs.