Riawunna Centre Community Barbeques were held at University campuses around the State yesterday to celebrate NAIDOC Week.
Staff and students came together to celebrate at the Sandy Bay campus, at the Riawunna Centre’s recently relocated premises (on the third floor of the Social Sciences Building).
The event was opened by Aunty Brenda Hodge, the University’s Elder in Residence, who gave a moving ‘Welcome to Country’ in palawa karni (the revived form of the original Tasmanian Aboriginal languages).
The day also included presentations by Jamie Cave (Aboriginal Students Success Coordinator) and Jodi Haines (Associate Lecturer murina Preparation Program) – as well as music by talented first-year Conservatorium of Music student Jay Jarome Bushby.
Riawunna Centre Community Barbeques were also held at The Newnham and Cradle Coast Campuses.
Earlier in the week Pro Vice-Chancellor Aboriginal Research and Leadership Professor Maggie Walter and Riawunna Head of Service Caroline Spotswood visited staff across the Sandy Bay campus to share yolla – or Mutton Bird.
The theme of this year’s NAIDOC Week is ‘Our Languages Matter,’ which focuses on the many languages which are the breath of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and recognising the importance of theses languages for all Australians.
The importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, including palawa kani, was also the focus of a special NAIDOC Week celebration held by University medical staff and students at the Medical Sciences Precinct.
Published on: 11 Jul 2017 9:45am