NAIDOC Week 2018 Celebrations

9 July 2018

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and society.


Held from 8 to 15 July, the theme for NAIDOC Week 2018 is, ‘Because of her, we can!’.

This year’s theme celebrates the essential role that women have played – and continue to play – as active and significant role models at the community, local, state and national levels.


NAIDOC Week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities held by The University of Sydney and to show your support for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.


Monday 9 July

NAIDOC Week Breakfast Panel

Hosted by the National Centre for Cultural Competence

Join us as we kick-off NAIDOC Week 2018 with a breakfast and panel discussion that celebrates the stories of some incredible Aboriginal women who have fought for and supported Aboriginal communities. 

Old School House, Cadigal Green, The University of Sydney, Camperdown campus

9am – 11am | Free, registrations essential

More information and to register


Wednesday 11 July 

My journey from education to politics, with Linda Burney

Hosted by Diversity and Inclusion

The Hon Linda Burney is a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation, the Federal Member for Barton and the Shadow Minister for Human Services. Linda will discuss the importance of this year’s theme and her personal journey from beginning her career as a teacher in western Sydney to being the first Aboriginal person to serve in in the New South Wales Parliament and the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to the Australian House of Representatives.

Linda will be joined in a panel discussion with Professor Juanita Sherwood, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Strategy and services at The University of Sydney and Bianca Hunt, AIME’s Co-CEO 2018, which will be facilitated by Dr Donna Hartz, Acting Director National Centre for Cultural Competence.

MacLaurin Hall, The Quadrangle, The University of Sydney

12.30pm – 1.30pm | Free, registrations essential

Lunch will follow the discussion

More information and to register


Thursday 12 July 

MOOC Panel: Cultural Competence – Aboriginal Sydney

Hosted by the National Centre for Cultural Competence

Sydney always was and always will be Aboriginal land, yet despite this often the Aboriginal presence, past and present, is invisible to non-Indigenous people. The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Cultural Competence – Aboriginal Sydney aims to rectify this by sharing stories and experiences of Sydney from Aboriginal perspectives.

Our panelists discuss the Aboriginal Sydney MOOC and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women by reflecting on their own understanding of Aboriginal land, cultures, identities and history.

Seminar Room 218, Fisher Library, The University of Sydney, Camperdown campus

5.30pm – 7pm | Free, registrations essential

More information and to register


NAIDOC Week public lecture: “Because of her, we can!”

Hosted by Sydney Law School, Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Hear from a panel of exceptional Aboriginal women from The University of Sydney, and across New South Wales, showcasing the different ways in which Indigenous women have played – and continue to play – active and significant roles at the community, local, state and national levels.

Harold Park Community Hall (Tramsheds), 1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge

6pm – 8pm | Free, registrations essential

More information and to register


Until 15 July

Wall of Lights

Hosted by Westmead Hospital

Originally created for Vivid 2018’s Light Market, the wall is comprised of hundreds of LED lights and is a programmable artwork created by University of Sydney Lecturer in Design and Computation Dr Luke Hespanhol. The piece allows words to be customized and displayed in patterns and at different speeds, as they cascade across the wall. To celebrate NAIDOC Week, the wall features a series of Dharug words and stories about women, Aboriginality and place.

Outside Westmead Hospital Library 

(Entrance opposite the old model of Westmead), WECC, Level 2

Free, registrations not necessary

Wall of Lights digital display art installation will then move to the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

More information about what’s on at Westmead during NAIDOC week 

 

Wednesday 25 July 

Celebrating the story of the Quinlan sisters

Presented by YARN Australia and proudly supported by The University of Sydney

Join us for an evening celebrating the lives and stories of the Quinlan sisters, Elva Taylor and Pat Dixon. These two women were passionate advocates for Indigenous rights and part of the large family of John and Minnie Quinlan. Hear the family and friends of these two sisters share their stories that provide an insight into their passions and what gave them the drive to better the outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Special guest performances by Luana Pitt Mirror Child and The Sydney Conservatorium of Music Intercultural Aboriginal Music Ensemble.

Charles Perkins Centre Lecture Theatre, The University of Sydney

6pm – 9pm | Entry by donation, RSVP info@yarnaustralia.com

Light refreshments provided

YARN Australia is a Social Enterprise. All donations will support YARN to create safe

spaces for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People to share their stories.

More information


Visit our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community page to learn more about our strategic commitment to building opportunity, capability and rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and for valuing Indigenous culture at our University.

Event details

  • When: 9.00am - 9.00pm
  • Where: Various locations, see individual events for details
  • Cost: Free and open to all, registrations essential
  • Contact:

    Indigenous Strategy and Services
    dvciss@sydney.edu.au



NAIDOC Week 2018 Celebrations

Where Various locations, see individual events for details When

9 July 2018


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