Winners of the 2013 NAIDOC quiz announced

NAIDOC Quiz Winners

As part of the NAIDOC celebrations, the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Engagement and Student Support Services invited UWS staff and students to take part in the online NAIDOC quiz with a chance to win an iPad.

After receiving an overwhelming response the winners for 2013 were:

  • 1st prize, iPad  -  Emilia Sutton (Staff member, Archives Assistant, Hawkesbury)
  • 2nd prize, $100 gift voucher - Sangeeta Prakesh (Student)
  • 3rd Prize, $50 Gift Voucher - Annemarie Hennessy (Staff member, Dean and Professor of Medicine, Campbelltown Campus)

Quick Q&A with our prize winners

1. What has been your biggest learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement during your time at UWS?

Emilia: Seeing, experiencing and attempting to understand how difficult it is, but also recognising that positive discrimination is just as enabling as racial discrimination.

Sangeeta: Since Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the native people of this country it is important learn their culture and way of living and preserving it together with valuing them as well.

Annemarie: The high level of University engagement, respect and knowledge of the Local aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and their strengths.  Just how the modern day Darug community was 'formed' and what that means to the locals in terms of relationships with the traditional lands.

2. What have you done to CLOSE THE GAP?

Emilia: Practice patience, respect and equality. Reject the tolerance of bad behavior as an excuse for abusing aboriginal heritage by those too lazy to exist outside of the gap. The gap is not an existence!

Sangeeta: Getting to know their history is a big part itself and putting yourself in their shoes when their children were stolen realizes you what pain may have they been through therefore in future will try to understand them and make everyone work together as part of a team and a family.

Annemarie: Undertake clinics at the Tharawal Medical Centre and support the Medical students there.

3. What does Reconciliation look like to you?

Emilia: A world without positive discrimination, racial discrimination and true equality of humanity.

Sangeeta: Reconciliation is about unity and respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-indigenous Australians. it is about the respect for their heritage and to value justice and equity for all Australians.

Annemarie: An opportunity to think every year about what we can do better, a little more each year to say sorry, to progress the dignity and health of our friends and look for the improved teaching opportunities for aboriginal students from our local communities as well as the Nation in general.