Friday, 6 July 2018

NAIDOC Week: 8-15 July 2018

In 2018, NAIDOC Week will be celebrated from 8-15 July. NAIDOC Week is a time of celebration, reflecting on the survival and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait people. This year's theme - Because of her, we can - focuses on the active and significant roles women have played at the community, local, state and national levels. 

JCU has links to many female researchers, professionals, community leaders and activists, including Dr Gracelyn Smallwood, Dr Lorraine Muller, Dr Roxanne Bainbridge, Dr Felecia Watkin , Michelle DeShong, Sharon Moore, Juanita Sellwood, Dr Lynore Geia, Dr Roianne West, and Professor Yvonne Cadet James.

Research Online contains a wealth of publications by Aboriginal and Torres Strait women from, among others, the Cairns InstituteIndigenous Education and Research Centre and the Indigenous Health Unit.

There will be a free panel discussion at the Cairns Institute on Tuesday, 10 July at 1:30pm. Hear panel speakers:
  • Vonda Moar-Malone, Mayor Torres Shire Council
  • Francine O'Rourke, Indigenous Outreach Officer, Energy & Water Ombudsman Queensland
  • Libby Lyons, Director Workplace Gender Equality Agency
discuss the valuable contributions made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait women in the community. Click on the link to register.

There are plenty of ways to get involved in NAIDOC Week in your community. Both Townsville and Cairns have a full program of events, with the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (12-15 July) being a highlight of the Cairns community calendar. 

Join with us in recognising the voice, passion and achievements of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, past and present. Because of her, we can!

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