Indigenous Events

The University hosts many events throughout the year and can be found at Future Students - Events.

This page is dedicated to Indigenous events.

UPCOMING EVENTS


ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER FUTURE STUDENTS INFORMATION EVENINGS

Tuesday 20 September 2022 | 6.00pm - 7.30pm | Parramatta South Campus

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Future Students Information Evenings at Western Sydney University are an opportunity to hear about what courses are on offer and how Western can help you during your studies. Learn about the different pathways to study, the support services available, scholarships on offer and life on campus. 

PAST EVENTS


The Indigenous Professoriate Lecture 2


NAIDOC WEEK 2022 (3 - 10 July)

Western Sydney University and The Office of Deputy Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership welcomed NAIDOC 2022. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

NAIDOC | National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year (Sunday to Sunday), to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It provides an opportunity for people to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and history.

You can support your local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities through activities and events held across the country. 

NAIDOC QUIZ WINNERS 2022

Staff

  • 1st - Chris Miller
  • 2nd - Adriana Ferkula-Cohen
  • 3rd - Rebekah Brack                                        

Students

  • 1st - Eliza Darcy
  • 2nd - Shayanna McPherson
  • 3rd - Sarah Loft                                               

DEADLY CHALLENGE WINNERS 2022

Please join me in congratulating our winners of Western’s Deadly Challenge 2022:

  • 1st - Korinne Maree Bargiel
  • 2nd - Kaiden Collins
  • 3rd - Bree Raymond

NAIDOC WEEK EVENTS 2022

MONDAY, 4 JULY

LUNCH AND ENTERTAINMENT

12.00 pm onwards
Parramatta South Campus

TUESDAY, 5 JULY

MORNING TEA AND BASKET WEAVING

10.30 am
Parramatta City Campus

WEDNESDAY, 6 JULY

INDIGENOUS BASKET WEAVING, MORNING TEA AND LUNCH

10.00 am - 2.00 pm
Campbelltown Campus, Building 3

WEDNESDAY, 6 JULY

NIRIMBA CAMPUS NAIDOC WEEK CELEBRATIONS

11.00 am
Nirimba Campus, outside Building U8

THURSDAY, 7 JULY

ENTERTAINMENT BY DVC INDIGENOUS LEADERSHIP

10.00 am - 11.00 am
Bankstown Campus, Outside Library

THURSDAY, 7 JULY

MOVIE SCREENING OF SMOKE BETWEEN TREES

5.00 pm - 7.30 pm
Penrith Campus, The Playhouse

FRIDAY, 8 JULY

MORNING TEA

10.00 am - 12.00 pm
Hawkesbury Campus, K4.G.75

FRIDAY, 8 JULY

LAUNCH OF "NAIDOC VOICES" SCREENING, INTERVIEWS AND MORNING TEA

* CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER *


RECONCILIATION WEEK

You can also learn about Reconciliation from Home - Reconciliation Australia

WEDNESDAY, 25 MAY 2022

12.00 pm - 1.00 pm 
Nirimba Campus, The College
Welcome to Country (Uncle Greg) Keynote Address and Light Lunch. RSVP here.

MONDAY, 30 May 2022 

2.00pm - 3.00pm
Building R6, Hawkesbury Campus
The Future Student Engagement team will be holding an Afternoon Tea, please click here to register.

TUESDAY, 31 MAY 2022

10.00 am - 11.00 am
Level 1, Parramatta City Campus
Join us to make a Sea of Hands while enjoining Morning Tea. The Sea of Hands is a prominent Australian symbol used to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land rights, justice and reconciliation. Each hand is created to show support for First Peoples. RSVP here.

TUESDAY, 31 MAY 2022

12.00 pm
Between Buildings 6 & 7, Campbelltown Campus 
Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony. Download flyer here.

WEDNESDAY, 1 JUNE 2022 

10.00 am - 11.00 am
The Rec Hall - Parramatta South Campus
Parramatta South Provost Committee welcome you to enjoy some morning tea while you listen to Alison Barnes and Renae Coleman from the SoNM discuss what this year's theme "Be brave, Make Change" means to them and how it is reflected in their work both as a nurse/midwife and as an academic. RSVP here

WEDNESDAY, 1 JUNE 2022 

10.00 am 
The Old Swamp Bar NG14, Penrith Campus
Penrith Provost Committee will be holding a Morning Tea, please click here to register.

5.30 pm - 8.30 pm 
Lithgow Campus

Free film screening and Q&A ‘Smoke Between Trees’ in partnership with Lithgow City Council. The film maker and two actors from the film will be there for the Q&A session. Click here for the event. 

THURSDAY, 2 JUNE 2022 

10.30 am - 11.30 am 
Level 1, Liverpool Campus
You are invited to the Reconciliation Day Morning Tea, hosted by Liverpool Campus Provost. Please join us as we mark this special event with student and staff presentations, followed by light refreshments. RSVP here


School of Social Sciences Indigenous Learning and Teaching Showcase 2022

Wednesday, 23 March 2022

'Breaking the Making of Colonial Power' presented by Robyn Newitt (Lecturer in Criminology and Policing).

'Avoiding Damage-Centred and Othering Pedagogy' presented by Associate Professor Lucy Nicholas (Director Sexualities and Genders Research).

'The Ethics (And Dangers) of Teaching Indigenous Stories' presented by Gawain Bodkin-Andrews (Director Indigenous Research).





ANNUAL STAFF VS INDIGENOUS STUDENTS SOCCER DAY

Friday, 18 March 2022
11.00 am
Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre

Register your interest to play or to attend by clicking on the Register Now button below.


YARRAMUNDI LECTURE 2021

Thursday, 9 December 2021
6.30 pm - 8.00 pm
Virtual Event

The Yarramundi Lecture provides a forum for the discussion of issues of local and national importance. It was established out of respect and recognition of First Nations People and has become central to the University's longstanding commitment to its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Guest Speakers

  • Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt, Chair of Indigenous Research. Director Research and Academic Programs Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research, University of Technology Sydney.
  • Uncle Harry Allie, Elder and Member of Western Sydney University Indigenous Elder Advisory Committee.
  • Dr Paul Saunders, PhD Student, Research Fellow at Western Sydney University.
  • Leanne Markovic, Student and Casual PASS online facilitator at Western Sydney University.

RESEARCH WEEK

25 – 29 October 2021

Bold Indigenous Futures

Western is proud to host keynote speaker Professor Bronwyn Carlson who holds the position Head of Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University. Western's Director of Indigenous Research, Professor Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews will introduce a number of Western's Higher Degree Research students and academic staff who will deliver 5-minute presentations on their research projects - all of which are Indigenous focused.

After each presentation there will be a brief Q&A with the Research Leads.


 


YARRAMUNDI LECTURE 2020

The Yarramundi Lecture provided a forum for the discussion of issues of local and national importance. It was established out of respect and recognition of First Nations People and has become central to the University's longstanding commitment to its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.