Respecting, learning and celebrating Indigenous culture at NAIDOC Week

3 July 2015

The role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in preserving their cultures’ rich diversity for future generations will be celebrated during NAIDOC Week at The University of Notre Dame Australia.

Notre Dame invites all to its special NAIDOC Week event on Friday 10 July 2015 at its Fremantle Campus, to recognise the history, culture and achievements of the Aboriginal and Torres Islander peoples whilst reflecting on this year’s NAIDOC Week theme – We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate.

This year’s NAIDOC theme highlights Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ strong spiritual and cultural connection to land and sea. The theme is an opportunity to pay respects to country; honour those who work tirelessly on preserving land, sea and culture; and to share the stories of many sites of significance or sacred places with the nation.

Nyungar Elder, Marie Taylor, will deliver the Welcome to Country followed by a musical performance by an Aboriginal artist. This will be followed by a short film and Keynote Address to be delivered by Nyungar Elder, Dr Noel Nannup.

The highlight of the NAIDOC Week event is a Nyungar Tour of Notre Dame’s Fremantle Campus in the West End, Bathers Beach and the Roundhouse. Commencing at 11.30am, Dr Nannup and Ms Taylor will recount stories of family life, Fremantle’s Indigenous history and ongoing cultural development during this captivating hour-long tour.

Head of Aboriginal Health and National Director of Indigenous Education, Associate Professor Clive Walley, says it is great to see people of diverse cultural backgrounds continue to join the Notre Dame community in celebrating NAIDOC Week.

“This year’s NAIDOC theme really gives the Notre Dame community the opportunity to appreciate the significance of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, both past and present, in shaping Australia’s way of life today, that needs to be shared by everyone,” Associate Professor Walley said.

“I welcome everyone to join in this celebration at a University that is committed to supporting the ongoing process of reconciliation between Aboriginal people, Torres Strait Islander people and Australia’s multicultural community.”

View the NAIDOC Week Program here


MEDIA CONTACT
Leigh Dawson: Tel (08) 9433 0569; Mob 0405 441 093; leigh.dawson@nd.edu.au