NAIDOC Week is a recognised time for all Australians to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. But we can continue our learning and celebrations all year round! With 65,000 plus years of culture, traditions, contributions, stories there are plenty of things we can do to deepen our knowledge and connection to the oldest continuing cultures on the planet.
Here are 10 post-NAIDOC things you can do to continue your learning:
- Hear from two Aboriginal women from different generations and backgrounds, Ms Patricia Anderson AO and Professor Megan Davis, on the First Nations Constitutional Convention that culminated with the Uluru Statement from the Heart on Thursday August 16.
- On Friday August 17, see an intercultural, trans-Indigenous Australian and New Caledonian production and discussion focussing on current conversations around a treaty, constitutional reform and colonisation.
- Watch the film After the Apology by Eualeyai/Kamillaroi woman UTS Professor Larissa Behrendt on Thursday August 23 - it's a landmark documentary exploring the continued practice of Aboriginal child removal and the community response.
- Listen to Indigenous perspectives on climate change at a UTS event on Monday August 27.
- Read award winning book Dark Emu by UTS Professor Bruce Pascoe who asks us to reconsider the hunter-gatherer tag given to precolonial Aboriginal Australians and attempts to rebut the colonial myths that have worked to justify dispossession.
- Learn about traditional weaving techniques and understand how Indigenous peoples use an array of plants, while enjoying the beautiful surrounds of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney on Saturday September 1 and Saturday November 3.
- Read an anthology showcasing many diverse voices, experiences and stories of Growing up Aboriginal in Australia from award-winning author and Wiradjuri woman UTS Adjunct Professor Anita Heiss.
- On Sunday September 2 or Sunday October 7, walk in the footsteps of Aboriginal ancestors and discover the significant connection between land and culture at Centennial Parklands cultural walking tour.
- Head to Taronga Zoo on Saturday September 22 to see a heart-warming documentary film that follows the epic journey of nine Indigenous Australian Rangers, along with acclaimed Indigenous musician Dan Sultan, as they travel to Kenya, Africa, to share knowledge, culture and music with a tribe of Maasai Community Rangers.
- Tune into the ABC Podcast "Speaking Out" with Eualeyai/Kamillaroi woman UTS Professor Larissa Behrendt as she explores politics, arts and culture from a range of Indigenous perspectives.