NAIDOC Week at the University

NAIDOC Week is held across Australia to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from 8–15 November 2020.

NAIDOC Week: Celebrate NAIDOC Week. Always was always will be.

NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

This year's theme, Always Was, Always Will Be recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were Australia’s first explorers, first navigators, first engineers, first farmers, first botanists, first scientists, first diplomats, first astronomers and first artists.

Normally held in July, the disruptions from COVID-19 means NAIDOC Week 2020 will be held from 8–15 November.

Events on Campus

At the University, we are marking this important week with a Kaurna Cultural Walking Tour of the Karrawirra Parri (River Torrens) and an exhibition of the impressive Indigenous collections housed by the University. Indigenous Academics within our University are also hosting lectures to broaden awareness on Indigenous issues:

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Sand Talk: Indigenous Knowledges: The Science elaborations, life, Always was, Always will be.

Presenters: Tyson Yunkaporta: Author of Sand Talk. How Indigenous Thinking can save the world. Senior Lecturer in Indigenous Knowledges at Deakin University and Michael Colbung, Coordinator of Indigenous Learnings, School of Education, University of Adelaide.

Date: 12 November
Time: 10:30am
Online via zoom


Researching with Indigenous Peoples – Part
A Conversation on research interests. Finding your voice in the process. Educating the Academy. The gelling of ideologies. Life, Always was Always will be.
Presenters: Dr Jenni Caruso, Lecturer School of Humanities, Mr Grayson Rotumah, Lecturer CASM, Elder Conservatoriam and Mr Michael Colbung, Coordinator of Indigenous Learnings, School of Education, University of Adelaide.

Date: 12 November
Time: 2–3pm
Online via Zoom


Walking tour
NAIDOC Week Kaurna Cultural Tour
The University invites you to walk alongside Kaurna Elder, Uncle Frank Wanganeen. As a custodian of the Karrawirra Parri (River Torrens), Frank has a deep understanding of the traditional lands on which our three campuses sit upon and can help you to learn more about the rich histories and contributions of the Kaurna people and the true history of this country.

Date: 13 November
Time: 11am–12pm
Gate 9, Victoria Drive


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