NAIDOC celebrations

ACU campuses are preparing to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through a series of NAIDOC activities from 19 – 23 August, and staff are invited to participate.

NAIDOC stands for the National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee and NAIDOC Week is an opportunity to commemorate history, unify communities, and to share cultural celebrations with the rest of the nation.

NAIDOC Week is officially held around the nation in July, but ACU marks NAIDOC at the beginning of Semester 2 when students have returned.  The University will hold a series of events to celebrate this year’s NAIDOC theme ‘VOICE, TREATY, TRUTH. Let’s work together for a shared future’.

ACU’s Vice-Chancellor Greg Craven says he looks forward to attending NAIDOC events at the North Sydney Campus.

“I encourage everyone to get involved in their local events, and share in celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.” he said.

“Acknowledging and experiencing the richness of Australia’s ancient and evolving cultures through NAIDOC celebrations is a key part of ACU’s Reconciliation Action Plan.”

What’s on at your campus

North Sydney Campus

Tuesday 20 August 10am – 3pm 
Location: Main Quad – 40 Edwards Street

  • Flag Raising Ceremony (gather at flag poles at 40 Edwards Street)
  • Land, Fire and Water Ceremony
  • Speeches
  • Liturgy
  • Yarning Circle
  • Cultural Performance & Workshop
  • Bush Tucker Lunch
    Men’s Business & Women’s Business

Wednesday 21st August 10.00am – 3.00pm 
Location: Main Quad – 40 Edwards Street

  • Key note speaker – Shane Phillips
  • Morning tea

Strathfield Campus

Thursday 22 August 10am – 3pm
Location: Main Quad

  • Flag Raising Ceremony
  • Land, Fire and Water Ceremony
  • Liturgy
  • Cultural Performance & Workshop
  • Bush Tucker Lunch

Ballarat Campus

Thursday 22 August 10m – 12pm
Location: Forbes Centre

  • Welcome to Country Wadawurrung
  • Minua Gidj Murra Dancers
  • ACU Community Morning Tea

Melbourne Campus

Tuesday 20 August 10am – 11am 
Location: South Café, Mary Glowery Building

  • Welcome to Country Wurundjeri
  • Minua Gidj Murra Dancers

Tuesday 20 August 5.30pm – 9.30pm

  • ACU Melbourne NAIDOC Dinner – Guest Speaker Victorian Treaty Commissioner (invitation only)

Wednesday 21 August 10am – 12pm
Location: 420.1.14ab

  • Koorie Circle Jewellery Workshop

Friday 23 August 12pm – 2pm 
Location: 420.1.14ab

  • Bees Wax Wrapper Workshop (Jim-baa-yer student-led activity)

Brisbane Campus

Tuesday 20 August 10am – 2pm
Location: Community Courtyard

  • Market Day

Wednesday 21 August 12pm 
Location: ACU Chapel Followed by Lunch at Campus Ministry

  • Liturgy

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