NAIDOC WEEK 2019

2019 NAIDOC Week
VOICE. TREATY. TRUTH.

Lets work together for a shared future

Under the theme - VOICE TREATY TRUTH, Lets work together for a shared future NAIDOC Week 2019 will be held nationally from Sunday 7 July and continue through to Sunday 14 July.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held nationally each July for all Australians to collectively commemorate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

As leaders, trailblazers, politicians, activists and social change advocates, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have fought and continue to fight for justice, equal rights, our rights to country, law and justice, access to education and employment, and to maintain and celebrate our culture, language, music and art.

NAIDOC Week is a great opportunity for everyone to participate in a range of educational and cultural activities to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
The Indigenous voice of this country is over 65,000 plus years old. They are the first words spoken on this continent. Languages that passed down lore, culture and knowledge for over millennia. They are precious to our nation. And with 2019 being celebrated as the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages, it’s time for our knowledge to be heard through our voice.


As reflected on the NAIDOC  organising committee website, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people deserve to have their voices heard. First Nations were excluded from the Constitutional convention debates and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples will continue to fight to be included in the decision-making process for Australia’s democracy.


Community, staff and students are invited to attend the free NAIDOC Week events, to be held at the Liverpool City Campus on Monday 8th, Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th July 2019. These activities include, art classes with Allan Mackenzie, a proud Wiradjuri man with strong ties to the community; weaving classes, and the screening of two Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander films, ‘Another Country’ and ‘Occupation: Native’.

Please register here for the free Allan McKenzie art workshops.


Another Country: David Gulpilil a legendary Aboriginal actor who has spent his adult life trying to navigate his way through two very different cultures: that of his Yolngu people and that of the colonising Australian culture. In Another Country, he gives us first-hand insight into the confusions and chaos that occur in the clash between these cultures.

Please register here for the free film screening ‘Another Country’,


Occupation: Native: The Aboriginal story is often buried deep beneath the accepted 247 year Australian historical narrative. It’s not that the Australian story is wrong, it’s just that it’s one-sided. Aboriginal filmmaker Trisha Morton-Thomas, bites back at Australian history in this inspired satire.

Please register here for the free film screening ‘Occupation: Native’.

Program of Activities for Liverpool City campus NAIDOC Week Commemoration

All activities will be held on level 1, unless otherwise specified


Monday, 8 July

TimeEvent
9.30 am – 10.00 am Morning tea
10.00 am – 11.00 amOpening of event on ground level (Smoking ceremony, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performances, Welcome to Country)
11.00 am – 12.30 pmAllan McKenzie art workshops; Aboriginal weaving demonstration; campus tour; screening of ‘Occupation: Native’ (level 4)
12.30 pm – 1.30 pmLunch (including traditional Torres Strait Islander cuisine)
1.30 pm – 3.00 pmAllan McKenzie art workshops; Aboriginal weaving demonstration; campus tour; screening of ‘Another Country’ (level 4)
3.00 pm – 3.30 pmTorres Strait Islander dance performance; afternoon tea
3.30 pm – 5.00 pmAllan McKenzie art workshops; Aboriginal weaving demonstration

Wednesday, 10 July

TimeEvent
9.30 am – 10.30 am Morning tea; Torres Strait Islander dance performance
10.30 am – 12.00 pmAllan McKenzie art workshop; Aboriginal weaving demonstration; campus tour; morning tea with new PVC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Education, Strategy and Consultation, Professor Michelle Trudgett; screening of ‘Occupation: Native’ (level 4)
12.00 pm – 1.00 pmLunch (including bush tucker sampling)
1.00 pm – 2.30 pmAllan McKenzie art workshop; Aboriginal weaving demonstration; campus tour; screening of ‘Another Country’ (level 4)
2.30 pm – 3.00 pmAboriginal performance; afternoon tea
3.00 pm – 4.30 pmAllan McKenzie art workshop; Aboriginal weaving demonstration

Thursday, 11 July

TimeEvent
10.00 am – 11.15 am Screening of ‘Occupation: Native’ and ‘Another Country’ (level 4)
11.15 am – 11.45 pmMorning tea
11.45 pm – 1.00 pmScreening of ‘Occupation: Native’ and ‘Another Country’ (level 4)
1.00 pmClose

As part of NAIDOC Week celebrations at the University, all staff and students are invited to take part in the annual OATSIEE NAIDOC Week Quiz, which runs from 7th July through to the 21st July 2019.

Western Sydney University Staff and Students will have the chance to win the following prizes:
1st Prize - Apple iPad Wi-Fi 128gb (subject to availability)
2nd prize - $100 gift voucher (major retailer)
3rd prize - $50 gift voucher (major retailer)

Campus Tours and Information Desk – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Marketing
Come and explore our Liverpool City Campus, including lecture theatres, classrooms, course specific facilities, campus library and get a taste for campus life.
Tours will run Monday 8 July (11am and 1.30pm) Wednesday 10 July (10.30am and 1pm)

Information Desk
Learn more about courses offered at Western Sydney University in addition to the support services on hand for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Learn about a whole range of opportunities in regards to early offer programs, pathways into Western and more.
Information Desk will be set up from 9.30am to 3.30pm

Additional NAIDOC Week activities will be held across all other campuses in the first and second week of Semester 2: