Celebrating Indigenous history and culture at Macquarie

From Wednesday 27 May to Wednesday 3 June, the University will celebrate National Reconciliation Week (The Week) with a free barbecue, film night and interactive activities.

“The Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared history, culture and achievements, and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort,” said Emily Sutton, Team Leader, Indigenous Support Services.

Celebrated every year, National Reconciliation Week recognises the dates which commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.

Emily said this is an opportunity for all of us to play a part in the movement towards building unity and respectful relations between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians.

“The Week encourages all of us to join in the reconciliation conversation and to think about how we can positively contribute to closing the gap for the benefit of all Australians,” said Emily.

Emily explained staff can show their commitment just by attending an event.

“The celebration of National Reconciliation Week is not just the responsibility of Indigenous Australians, it is the responsibility of all Australians nationwide. I encourage all staff to promote the events we have planned and get involved as best they can to play a part in bettering our nation’s future,” she said.

Reconciliation Week events: All staff and students welcome

Tuesday 26 May
National Sorry Day
Time: 12pm – 3pm
Where: Central Courtyard (Atrium if wet weather)
About: Take part in traditional Indigenous games and enjoy a free barbecue.

Wednesday 27 May
Sea of Hands
Time: 12pm – 3pm
Where: The Learning Circle
About: A sea of hands will be planted to commence The Week. Each set of hands planted will symbolise the Australian people’s rights-based movement towards reconciliation.

Thursday 28 May
Indigenous film night: Charlie’s Country
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Where: Level 3, C10A
About: See the screening of the Indigenous film, Charlie’s Country. Indigenous bush tucker will be served along with the movie essentials of popcorn and ice cream.

Friday 29 May
Barbecue and reconciliation tree signing
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Where: Central Courtyard
About: Sign the reconciliation tree in show of your support and enjoy a free barbecue.

Wednesday 3 June
Mabo Day film: Mabo
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Where: The Atrium
About: See the story of Mabo and celebrate this significant day with popcorn and ice cream.