OATSIEE NAIDOC Week Quiz Winners

This year's NAIDOC theme is Always Was, Always Will Be.

As part of the NAIDOC celebrations 2020, the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Engagement invited Western Sydney University staff and students to take part in the online NAIDOC Week Quiz with a chance to win an a Gift Voucher from JB HI-FI.

After receiving an overwhelming response the winners for 2020 are:

Staff

* 1st prize, $150 Gift Voucher, Corrinne Sullivan, School of Social Science
* 2nd Prize, $100 Gift Voucher, Charlotte Farina, Senior Graphic Designer, Design Team
* 3rd Prize, $50 Gift Voucher, Dr Adam Daniel, School of Humanities and Communication Arts


Student

* 1st Prize, $150 Gift Voucher,, Matilda Harry, Master of Education (primary) 1st year
* 2nd prize, $100 gift voucher, Anastasia Vickers, Bachelor of Advance Science 1st year
* 3rd Prize, $50 Gift Voucher, James Duff, Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Law 3rd year

Answers from our prize winners

1.How are you contributing to building positive relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples?


Corrinne: I make it my business to work with our community - our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, staff and elders to ensure that we grow as a people, as mob..


Charlotte: My current role allows me the opportunity to be of service to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as well as peoples of all nationalities. Our collaboration builds positive relationships, and the work created has positive ongoing effects to many communities around Western Sydney.


Dr Adam: I participate in as many OATSIEE University events as possible, and I strive to ensure my teaching and tutorials highlight the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history to this country. I also continue to work to educate myself and acknowledge and recognise my gaps in knowledge and my unconscious biases. And I celebrate NAIDOC week and promote its activities and initiatives.


Matilda: I am a volunteer in many organisations which promote culture and connection to Country. I am an advocate on many boards and commissions wherein I bring forward our people's voices. I work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Western Sydney and beyond, particularly in remote Northern Territory. I ant to be a young change agent for our people and help to promote equality and reconciliation for future generations to come. As a pre-service teacher I hope to make positive social change through education, wherein our education system becomes more inclusive and respectful for our peoples, our cultures , our languages and focuses on ensuring our young ones have the skills and knowledge to succeed in their aspirations.


Anastasia: I always try to be engaged and involved with my community, the included at uni, in the workplace, with career trackers and through dancing with Jo Clancy. any chance I get I recognise my aboriginally, expressing it with dance and art. I also strive to be someone who dent just 'tick the box' and define myself as a strong women who really identifies with my culture.


James: I am contributing by educating myself on the history of injustice perpetrated against our ATSI peoples. By gaining this information, I am able to make informed actions to mend relationships with ATSI peoples. This involves passing on education to peers, family and friends to overcome prejudiced opinions which have been existent since colonial times.


2. Western Sydney University is developing an Indigenous Futures Decadal Strategy. Thinking about the next ten to twenty years, what aspects are important to best serve the Indigenous community and should be included in this Strategy?:


Corrinne: Indigenous Australians need to be at every level of the University - represented in high numbers in every aspect. UG and PG students, all levels of staff across all areas of the University, and our knowledges and perspectives should be completely embedded across the curriculum. We should be looking to the future, WSU is well positioned to be the first university with an Indigenous VC.


Charlotte: To best serve the Indigenous community, much conversation needs to be shared to understand the range of needs in improving the lives of Indigenous Australians. Some aspects I feel particularly crucial are relating to healthcare and education, all needing open communication..


Dr Adam: Providing pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders students not only to access the benefits of University education, but also to have access and support in transition to employment. We should also emphasise and encourage the role ATSI graduates can play within their communities to support and engage the next generation of University graduates.


Matilda: I want WSU to be the national and international leader in Indigenous education. Since we have the highest population of Indigenous people's in our local area, I believe our institution has a unique opportunity to focus on making tertiary education attainable and achievable for all in our community. I want us to focus on Indigenous research and become world leaders in our sector.


Anastasia: Aiming to make our culture less tokenistic and watered out. assuming all aboriginal people do art, can dance and sing, and know all about the traditional cooking is very insulting. it should aim to increase the number of people who identify strongly with being aboriginal and are active members. e.g not just ticking the box. more education and encourages is needed to be Aboriginal from the community.


James: As a law student, I recognise the importance of substantive justice for the wrongs committed against Indigenous Australians. We must ensure that reconciliation occurs not Just through words, but through effective actions. The Futures Decadal Strategy should include greater financial and educational assistance to meet substantive needs.


3. Why is NAIDOC week so important to you?


Corrinne: NAIDOC is about cultural pride and celebration, it celebrates mob, family, and community. It is about recognising and building each other. It gives us strength to continue to resist ongoing colonisation.


Charlotte: NAIDOC week is so important to recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This acknowledgement is more important than ever in a climate where many peoples worldwide are currently suffering at the hands of others.


Dr Adam: I believe it is vital to acknowledge and honour the role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have played as first custodians of this country in all senses. It is only through seeing, hearing and learning the stories of First Nations people that Australians can truly understand Australian culture and history. I take NAIDOC week as an opportunity to continue to see, hear and learn and to ask what role I can play in recognition and alliance.


Matilda: Personally with all that is happening around us- Covid19, the passing of a fellow student, the Black Lives Matter Campaign etc.- I think it is pivotal to celebrate our cultures and come together as a mob to yarn, have a laugh and feel connected with each other. Since I was a little girl, Naidoc week has been a time for all of my family and friends to celebrate our languages, cultures, communities and connections to Country. With this years theme being 'Always was, Always Will Be' I am excited to celebrate over 75,000 years of Australia's black history.


Anastasia: NAIDOC is vital to me because it not only celebrates the continuing survival of First Nation Australians but the coming together of non-indigenous too. for our culture to remain and increase in strength naidoc celebrations are necessary for community engagement and bring us together. I also see it as an opportunity for engagement with our culture through dance, art, song and stories.


James: NAIDOC week is so important because I recognise the need to understand and appreciate the history of Australia, as it 'always was, and always will be' Indigenous land. Learning and education of our past is essential for a better future.

Congratulations to all of our winners for 2020 and thank you to all who participated.