Images from Richard Jameson's exhibition 'Grounded'.
A week of activities across each campus will showcase the rich history and contributions of Indigenous Australians to ACU.
ACU will proudly celebrate Indigenous Week from Monday, 4 to Friday, 8 August, with a series of events around the country, showcasing Indigenous history, culture, languages, rights and aspirations.
The program of events will also pay respect to the Traditional Owners at each of ACU’s Campuses and highlight the contributions of Indigenous Australians to the University.
Among the week’s celebrations is a photographic exhibition by cinematographer and Indigenous Student Support Officer at Signadou Richard Jameson called ‘Grounded – Grounded - A Modern Ethnographic Study of Indigenous Australians’, which features life-sized portraits of well-known Indigenous Australians such as elder and reconciliation campaigner Dr Tom Calma AO.
‘Grounded’ is being held in the Signadou building at ACU’s Canberra Campus and is open to the public.
In Sydney, staff and students will have the chance to learn more about the importance of recognising the place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda will lead a panel discussion on the topic, bringing together the voices of other thinkers such as ACU International Human Rights Lecturer, Catherine Renshaw and ACU Strathfield Campus Student Association President, David Orr.
The exhibition on the Canberra Campus is one of the many events and activities that the Centre for Indigenous Education and Research (CIER) and the Indigenous Higher Education Units are holding across for Indigenous Week from August 4-8.
Activities for each campus include:
Ballarat Wednesday 6 August 8.30am Fire Ceremony 9am Using Indigenous resources 10am Annual Staff morning tea 11am Yarning Circle 12pm Indigenous Week Mass
Melbourne Monday 4 August 8am Prayers for Reconciliation 10.30am Postgraduate Gathering 11.30am Yarning and Storytelling 1pm Building Bunjil’s nest workshop #1 2pm Building Bunjil’s nest workshop #2 3pm Aboriginal Health yarn
Tuesday 5 August 8am Breakfast & Welcome to New & Sessional ACU staff 10am Aboriginal Music Workshop #1 12pm Aboriginal Music Workshop #2 3pm Annual Staff Afternoon Tea
Wednesday 6 August 6pm Deadly Brothers Gathering
Thursday 7 August 9am Fire Ceremony 10am Indigenous Spirituality workshop & Celebrating the spirit of St Mary of the Cross, MacKillop in Indigenous 12pm Indigenous Week Mass 2pm The Black, White & Brindle Conversation hour 6pm Strong Sistahs Gathering
Friday 8 August 8.30am Using Indigenous resources 12pm Theology and Philosophy gathering 2pm Conversation on Constitution followed by discussion and tea 5pm Spirituality in the Pub
Sunday 10 August Melbourne campus open day: Jimbaayer staff, elders and student activities
Canberra Tuesday 5 August 12.15pm Grounded: an exhibition of images by Richard Jameson
North Sydney Tuesday 5 August 12pm Didjeridu Player call 12.30pm Dance performance Artist in residence tent Bush Tucker BBQ, dampers, jams Ashlee Kearney and Friends (singing) Campus Ministry – Aboriginal Catholic Ministry
Friday 8 August 9am Opening with MC Boori Monty Pryor 2pm Reconciliation event
Strathfield Monday 4 August 12pm Didjeridu Player call 12.15pm Flag raising Baabyan Elders Water blessing (elders Confirmed) 12.30pm Kaleb Taylor & Co dancers performing 1pm Sausage Sizzle, BBQ, Indigenous Flavours
Wednesday 6 August 12pm Opening with MC 12.30pm Marn Grook & Wana Indigenous Games Student Life, “Collage on campus” Campus Ministry, “Make you own rosary beads” in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flag colours) Daliah and Friend (Torres Strait Islander resource stall) 1pm Curry and fried bread
Thursday 7 August 12pm Opening with MC 12.30pm Craft Stall Weaving, Dillybag making with Nadeena Dixon Jewellery making with Cleonie Indigenous Role Models meet and greet 1pm Kap Mauri Descendance dancers
Friday 8 August 9am Opening with MC Boori Monty Pryor