UC started NAIDOC Week celebrations on a high with Family Day festivities taking place on the concourse on Sunday the 8th of July. This was the second year UC has hosted the NAIDOC event which featured live entertainment, free rides, food stalls, arts and crafts and free kids activities. It was a great day out for all and a wonderful way to kick off NAIDOC week.
Widening Participation, in collaboration with the Ngunnawal Centre and the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) attended the 2018 Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council NAIDOC Day on July 9. The day was held at Wreck Bay Village, near Jervis Bay and was hosted by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council to celebrate NAIDOC week.
NAIDOC week acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, history and achievements. This year the 2018 NAIDOC theme, ‘Because of her, we can’ celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who have impacted, shaped and influenced our communities and people. The 2018 theme acknowledges the significance and strength of female leaders in our society.
The event was open to the public and attracted 1000 attendees of all ages from various nearby communities. This was a great opportunity for UC to participate in NAIDOC activities and to contribute further to our positive relationship in the community.
Many people within this region have limited exposure to Higher Education options, and UC’s involvement helps to break down barriers, and encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to become more aware of opportunities through Higher Education.
Image courtesy of Widening Participation; Levi, 5 and Lucas, 4 from St George’s Basin