NAIDOC Week celebrations are being held across Australia this week to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
ACU staff are encouraged to join NAIDOC Week celebrations and take a moment to reflect on the University’s ongoing relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and our commitment to reconciliation.
Watch the story of ACU’s Dr Doseena Fergie, which really exemplifies this year’s NAIDOC Week theme: ‘Because of her, we can!’ Dr Fergie’s work shows the larger impact that the education and empowerment of individuals can have for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Pursuing a just Australia
Along with celebrating Indigenous culture, ACU has a critical role to play in achieving a just Australia in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ rights as First Peoples are recognised, respected, celebrated and enjoyed. This is why ACU has launched a renewed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Employment Strategy today. All staff are encouraged to read about the strategy and see how you can contribute to a culturally inclusive environment at ACU.
Building upon our strengths
The renewed strategy builds upon a number of strong supports that have been established over the years to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to achieve their aspirations at ACU.
With the support and collaboration of many ACU staff, the University has:
used innovative recruitment solutions to design and create new job opportunities
established Cultural Awareness Workshops to support new recruits and ACU staff generally
established the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Network
celebrated key cultural events throughout the year
increased the support offered to students through the Indigenous Higher Education Units, scholarships and flexible study options such as the Away From Base program
continued to incorporate greater Indigenous knowledge and community connections into teaching.
All ACU staff are encouraged to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture during NAIDOC Week and to register for a Cultural Awareness Workshop to be held later in the year.