National Reconciliation Week runs from 27 May – 3 June, celebrating two significant milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey: the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the 1992 Mabo Case that determined the recognition of Indigenous peoples rights in Australia.
The Reconciliation Week theme for 2018 is Don’t Keep History a Mystery – Learn. Share. Grow.
A message from Professor Attila Brungs UTS Vice Chancellor
Our UTS Statement of Reconciliation reflects our ongoing commitment to provide educational opportunities in the higher education sector for Indigenous peoples and, through research and education, the restoration of the histories and knowledge systems of the First Australians.
I truly believe that reconciliation is everyone’s responsibility. All Australians need to learn about our history and its ongoing effects for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and our community as a whole. This is our shared history – it is rich and unique. Deepening everyone’s understanding of our history enriches and benefits us all.
I invite everyone to Learn, Share, and Grow – by exploring our past, learning more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, and developing a deeper understanding of our national story in order to explore how we can get the most out of the reconciliation effort.
What’s on at UTS
- Join Dave Widders at the Aboriginal cultural awareness workshop, to gain a better understanding of Aboriginal culture as well as the history of policy and practices that have disadvantaged Aboriginal people and the benefits of Reconciliation for all Australians - Monday 28 May, 9.30am - 12.30pm. Register here.
- You are invited to the launch of the Waraburra Nura (The Happy Wanderer’s Place), UTS’ Indigenous plant garden, a joint project of Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research and UTS ART - Thursday 31 May, 3 - 5pm. Register here.
- Then join us at the UTS Library on Thursday evening for the free film screening of Servant or Slave? an emotional and confronting insight into the history and legacy of the domestic servitude enforced upon Aboriginal girls in Australia, followed by yarning circle discussion with UTS Elder in Residence Aunty Joan Tranter - UTS Library, Thursday 31 May, 5.30 - 7.30pm. Register here.
- Take a guided tour of some of the UTS Art Collection's Indigenous works with Alice McAuliffe, UTS Art. Featuring work from around Australia, the collection exemplifies the range of political and social concerns explored by contemporary Indigenous artists. Meet us at the portrait of UTS Elder in Residence Aunty Joan Tranter, Level 4 of the Tower building - Friday 1 June, 12.30pm.
- The NSW Reconciliation Council presents an evening of comedy in I’m Not Racist, But …. Join their line-up of stand-ups and comedy writers as they take a hilarious and satirical poke at Australian society through their own observations and experiences - Thursday 24 May, 7.30 - 9pm.
- A collaborative community driven multisensory installation work giving voice to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women who have lost their lives in custody. This work has been created by Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research through the leadership of Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt, Associate Professor Pauline Clague. - Wednesday 30 May - Sunday 10 June.
- Join UTS's own Larissa Behrendt as she facilitates a panel discussion on ways we can affect the Justice system and change the increasing numbers of Indigenous women and girls who are incarcerated. Organsied by Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research - Thursday 31 May, 6 - 7.30pm.