Faculty of Health

NAIDOC Week celebrated around the State

The importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages was the focus of a special NAIDOC Week celebration held by University medical staff and students at the Medical Sciences Precinct.

The event was opened by Aunty Brenda Hodge, the University’s Elder in Residence, who gave a moving ‘Welcome to Country’ in palawa karni (the revived form of the original Tasmanian Aboriginal languages).

Staff and students also came together to celebrate NAIDOC Week at the University’s Sandy Bay campus, at the Riawunna Centre’s recently relocated premises (on the third floor of the Social Sciences Building).

The event included music by talented first-year Conservatorium of Music student Jay Jarome Bushby.

Riawunna Centre Community Barbeques were also held at the Newnham and Cradle Coast Campuses.

Earlier in the week Pro Vice-Chancellor Aboriginal Research and Leadership Professor Maggie Walter and Riawunna Head of Service Caroline Spotswood visited staff across the Sandy Bay campus to share yolla – or Mutton Bird.

The theme of this year’s NAIDOC Week was ‘Our Languages Matter,’ focusing on the many languages which are the breath of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and recognising the importance of theses languages for all Australians.