A week of music, dance, food, film, art, language and discussion is being held across ACU recognising the rich history and contributions of Indigenous Australians.
ACU is proudly celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Week from 4 to 7 August, with a series of events around the country showcasing Indigenous culture and promoting reconciliation.
This week is a chance for students and staff to learn about Indigenous history, culture, languages, rights and aspirations. It is part of ACU’s commitment to increasing knowledge and understanding around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s perspectives.
The program will 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 panel discussion on ‘Where does Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People’s Empowerment Lie?’
Up for discussion will be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s experiences of social, community driven and individual understandings of empowerment.
The expert panel will feature CEO of Australian Council of Social Services Dr Cassandra Goldie, Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research director Professor Simon Stewart, and Bachelor of Social Work student Ms Vanessa Brunker.
Students and staff can hear the discussion live in North Sydney or via video conference around the rest of the country.
Those in Melbourne will get the chance to hear lecturer Naomi Wolf talk about Indigenous Academia and lecturer Dr Noah Riseman’s take on Indigenous military service.
There will be a focus on Indigenous art in Ballarat with an Exhibition and Artist's Talk featuring Deanne Gilson and an Ochre Art Workshop with Georgia Macguire. In Canberra, Brisbane and Strathfield there will be Indigenous film, dance, storytelling and food.
What’s happening on each campus:
Welcome to Country Ballarat, Wadawurrung ‐ Uncle Brian Powell
Minua Gidj Murra Dancers with morning tea
Indigenous Art Exhibition and Artist's Talk featuring Deanne Gilson
Working with Ochre Art Workshop with Indigenous artist Georgia Macguire