NAIDOC Week Activities

Black Lives Matter and Education: Pathways to Action Symposium

Date: Tuesday, 7 July
Time: 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm

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The Black Lives Matters protests of 2020 have sparked widespread interest and support in the long-running movement both in Australia and overseas. The protests have been a catalyst for critical conversations around racial justice and the need to address systemic and institutional racism in all spaces. Western Sydney University’s Centre for Educational Research is uniquely placed to discuss the implications for all sectors of Education. This online symposium features research from Higher Education, Initial Teacher Education, Schools, Early Learning and community education. This event includes the following presentations as well as an opportunity for questions and discussion.


Michelle Trudgett  Michelle Trudget
PresentationTitle: The rightful place of Indigenous Australians in the academy
Stacey_Coates  Stacey Kim Coate

Educate the Educators
Virginia O'Rourke  Virginia O'Rourke

Presentation Title:
The 3 R’s of Indigenous Education as a Pathway to Action: Recognize, Respect, Respond
Michelle Locke  Michelle Locke

Why Black Lives Matter in Early Childhood Education
Loshini Naidoo 

Loshini Naidoo

Presentation Title: Citizen Other: Longing for Belonging

Alfred Mupenzi 

Alfred Mupenzi

Presentation Title: How can I honour my identity as an African and keep a blind eye to history?

Rachael Jacobs 

Rachael Jacobs

Presentation Title: Critiquing the Arts: The Need for Explicit Anti-Racist Approaches in the Classroom

What does culture mean to you?

Students from the Indigenous Student Council share their thoughts on what culture means to them and how it plays a critical role in their everyday lives.

Feed Ya Mob

NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. And even though this year our official NAIDOC week celebrations have been delayed, there’s no reason you can’t try a few of our favourite First Nation’s feeds with these cultural traditions that have been passed down through the generations.

So we’d like to introduce ‘Feed Ya Mob’, which features the delicious Semur chicken and Lemon Myrtle tart for you to share with your mobs at home.

Semur Chicken

INGREDIENTS (Feeds four):

  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 whole onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon grated or crushed ginger
  • 2 cups soy sauce
  • 250g vermicelli (bean thread)
  • 1kg chicken mid wings and mini drumsticks


Marinate chicken pieces in 1 cup of soy sauce. Heat large saucepan and oil to coat bottom (alternatively use oil spray). Add onion, ginger and garlic and stir until onion is softened using low to medium heat. Then add marinated chicken and cover and cook on medium heat and cover.

Place vermicelli in a bowl pour enough hot water to cover until the noodles soften, then with a clean fork and clean pair of scissors cut the vermicelli in short lengths; this makes it easier to mix the noodles with the chicken. Once you've finished, use a sieve to drain the water.

Add noodles to the saucepan and stir through the chicken pieces. Add remaining soy sauce until the vermicelli and chicken take on a golden chestnut colour. Serve with boiled rice and season to taste.

Lemon Myrtle Tart

The leaves of the lemon myrtle tree have been used for centuries as bush medicine for coughs, colds, stomach upsets, and has been applied topically for skin problems and used as an insect repellent. In short, it’s a great plant to have in the backyard.

Lemon Myrtle leaves can also be soaked in water placed over a fire, so you can inhale the vapor from the leaves.

This mighty plant also tastes great, especially when served in this easy recipe below.


  • 250gm plain flour
  • 125gm unsalted butter, diced
  • 50ml cold water
  • juice and zest of 3 lemons
  • 2 tsp lemon myrtle powder
  • 250gm sugar
  • 200ml cream
  • 6 eggs


Place flour and butter into the bowl of a food processor and blend until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. With the motor running, add cold water and mix until the dough just comes together. Wrap in plastic wrap and rest for 30 minutes. Roll the pastry 5mm thick and line the base of a 22cm flan tin. Prick with a fork and chill. Line the pastry with baking paper and blind bake until cooked through. Mix together the zest, juice, sugar and lemon myrtle, cover and infuse for 30 minutes. Whisk together eggs and cream and add to the lemon mixture. While the pastry case is still hot (put it back in the oven for 5 minutes to heat it back up if necessary), pour in the lemon mixture. Bake at 160°C for 30 minutes or until just set. Allow to cool to room temperature before cutting into portions. Serve with double cream or vanilla ice cream.

Deadly Challenge

Do you have what it takes to win the #WSUDeadlyChallenge? Are you a Western Sydney University Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student or staff member? Can you shake-a-leg, dance, sing, play an instrument, speak your truth through slam-poetry, tell jokes or share any cultural performance?

Join the mob in our #WSUDeadlyChallenge by submitting a 1-3 minute video to the following link before the 29 June, to have a chance at winning:

  • 1st prize - $150 gift voucher
  • 2nd prize - $100 gift voucher
  • 3rd prize - $50 gift voucher

The top 3 performances will be shared on social media during #NAIDOCWEEK where you all have the chance to vote for your favourites. Let’s get together, have some fun and share our cultures through performances, the way our old people have for thousands of years.

Please upload your short video and signed consent form to the Google Drive folder (opens in a new window)

If you have any questions, please contact Matilda Harry on

We look forward to watching and voting on your performances during #NAIDOCWEEK!

The #WSUDeadlyChallenge celebrates our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and students’ cultures and voices.

To watch all of the videos and have your chance to vote for your favourite performance please follow the link: Deadly-Challenge (opens in a new window).

Voting closes on Thursday the 9th and winners will be announced on Friday the 10th of July.

Congratulations and thank you to all students and staff who were involved, your talents and connections to culture, community and Country are inspiring.

Yarning with the Mob

Would you like to learn some Aboriginal English terms?

Official NAIDOC Week celebrations may have been delayed, but now more than ever is an important time to connect and share. Wiradjuri woman Matilda Harry and Dunghutti man Luke Hodge bring us up to speed on some words close to them — deadly, tidda and shake-a-leg to name a few.

Watch on to learn how to use these terms day-to-day and you'll be yarning like a pro in no time.

The Australian Dream

Join us in watching 'THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM'

THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM tells the remarkable story of Indigenous AFL legend Adam Goodes and explores race, identity and belonging in Australia today. You can now view it for free IN YOUR LIVING ROOM! Including a unique discussion after the film!

Using the stunning athleticism of Goodes at the peak of his powers as well as the game itself as the film’s backdrop, THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM prompts questions about Australia’s relationship with racism and its ability to confront its own past. This compelling, provocative and cinematic film uses interviews from both sides of the debate to ask probing and fundamental questions about what it means to be Australian and what it takes for any individual to stand up for what they truly believe in. Featuring Goodes and all the key players from his story, including Uncle Stan Grant, Michael O’Loughlin, Brett Goodes, Natalie Goodes, Tracey Holmes, Nova Peris, Nicky Winmar, Gilbert McAdam, Linda Burney, Paul Roos, John Longmire, Nathan Buckley, Eddie McGuire and Andrew Bolt, THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM is also a deeply personal and comprehensive exploration of Goodes’ own journey which saw him retreat from everyday life only to return determined to rise above the ugliness he had been forced to confront.

The Australian Dream is something people reach for and many people obtain, but there’s an emptiness at the heart of it because Australia has not resolved the questions of its history. If the Australian Dream is rooted in racism, what can be done to redefine it for the next generation?

Friday Night Screening

While we cannot sit together to share this story of history, learning, love and resistance in reconciliation week, we encourage you to join us on zoom on Friday, 10 July for:

  1. Our Acknowledgement of Country at 5.00 pm
  2. To join the chat during the film (watch party style)
  3. Discussion led by Indigenous staff and students to debrief the film at 7.00 pm

To find out more, contact WesternLife.