Friday, August 29, 2014

JCU's NAIDOC in September


NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated by all Australians and is a great opportunity to participate in activities to support our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself. 

JCU holds NAIDOC Week events in September with campus activities and awards because many JCU staff and students are on semester break in July. Make sure you  check out event times for the annual Mabo Lecture, free movie screenings and other activities.

A display of items from the main and special collections can be viewd at the Mabo Library (Townsville). Items are available to view and borrow and many titles touch on the 2014 NAIDOC theme honouring all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have fought in defence of country. From the warriors in the Frontier Wars to the warriors who have served with honour and pride in Australia’s military conflicts and engagements across the globe. 

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