NAIDOC celebrations to amplify the voices of our nation’s first people at Charles Sturt in Wagga

20 AUGUST 2019

NAIDOC celebrations to amplify the voices of our nation’s first people at Charles Sturt in Wagga

Charles Sturt in Wagga to host NAIDOC event, with performance by students in Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage.

  • Charles Sturt will host a NAIDOC event in Wagga Wagga on Monday 26 August
  • Students in the Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage will perform
  • This year’s NAIDOC theme is ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together’

In a year that is promoting a louder voice for the country's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, students enrolled in Charles Sturt University’s (Charles Sturt) Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage will feature their voices in the University’s NAIDOC celebrations in Wagga Wagga in August.

This year’s NAIDOC theme is ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together’ and promotes the importance of including more Indigenous Australians in the decision-making process for the country’s democracy.

The NAIDOC theme also resonates with the United Nations’ declaration that 2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Language.

Charles Sturt’s student liaison officer (Indigenous) from the Division of Students Services in Wagga Wagga Carlie Gemmell said NAIDOC Week is a chance for the University’s staff and students to join the city’s Elders and community to support our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations.

“With 2019 being the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages, it’s a fantastic time to celebrate all the hard work and success of the Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage,” Ms Gemmell said.

“The student exhibition space will showcase all the amazing creations, artworks, digital animations and projects some of our students have created and been a part of this year.

“It’s a great platform to celebrate all our students’ successes with not only the Charles Sturt community, but the wider Wagga Wagga community.”

Charles Sturt will host NAIDOC celebrations on Monday 26 August, starting with a Welcome to Country, performances, and an award ceremony from 10.30am before a lunch, community stalls and student exhibition from midday.

The Wiradjuri Language Choir, comprised of students from the Graduate Certificate, will perform.

The NAIDOC event will be held in the Convention Centre (building 230) on the Charles Sturt Wagga Wagga campus.

Media Note:

To arrange interviews with Carlie Gemmell, contact Nicole Barlow at Charles Sturt Media on 0429 217 026 or news@csu.edu.au.

Photo caption: Uncle Pat performs a smoking ceremony during NAIDOC celebrations last year.

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