Nura Gili and The Hub celebrate NAIDOC week

Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit, ARC and the Hub held a NAIDOC event to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture at Balnaves Place.

The theme for NAIDOC Week 2013 was “We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963” which proudly celebrated the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions to the Federal Parliament.

Jacob Hyland (Indigenous Representative from ARC) and Rebecca Webb (the Hub) were instrumental in organising this year’s event which coincided with the annual UNSW Winter School program.

NAIDOC celebrations commenced with a Flag Raising outside the Chancellery where an acknowledgement of country was given along with a performance on the didgeridoo by student Corey Smith.

All of the students and supervisors involved in the Winter School program were in attendance along with University Staff and  Aboriginal community members from Redfern and  La Perouse areas.

Following the flag raising everyone was invited along to Balnaves Place for a morning tea. This was followed by a performance by the Sydney Based Torres Strait Island Dance Group “Urban Zenadth Kes” which is organised through Aunty Thelma Quartey who is a respected elder within the Torres Strait Islander community.

University Staff, Students and Community guests were impressed with the many dances from the different islands within the Torres Straits and many joined in with the difference dances including Taba Naba which is a popular dance about going out to the edge of the reef fishing.

Jacob Hyland and Rebecca Webb organised the dance performance to provide those in attendance with an understanding of the Torres Strait Islander side of Indigenous Australia.

Nura Gili look forward to seeing the work of the Hub and ARC continue next year with NAIDOC and other Indigenous events throughout the year.

Images of the Flag Raising, Morning Tea and Dance Performance: