The Vice-Chancellor will be part of a panel of influential Tasmanians celebrating NAIDOC Week in Launceston.
The School of Architecture and Design at the University’s Inveresk campus is hosting the NAIDOC Week Public Forum, which is themed Voice, Treaty, Truth.
Reconciliation Tasmania has convened conversations in Launceston and Hobart.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Rufus Black is one of four panelists at the Launceston session. He will provide a short address focusing on the theme Voice, Treaty, Truth, and the connection the University has with the Tasmanian Aboriginal community. He’ll then be part of a panel discussion moderated by Mayor of Launceston, Ald. Albert van Zetten.
Convenor, Fiona Hughes from Reconciliation Tasmania said the Vice-Chancellor has shown a strong willingness to support aboriginal issues.
“We have been involved with the changes occurring with the redevelopment of the Inveresk precinct in Launceston in terms of location, history and education and we feel we are being heard at every step of the process.”
“We want to make sure the aboriginal story remains part of that area.”
The other panelists include; Tasmanian Aboriginal community representative Darlene Mansell, City of Launceston Director of Creative Arts and Cultural Services, Tracy Puklowski, and Madeline Wells, who will discuss Truth from a youth perspective.
“NAIDOC week provides a chance for the Aboriginal community to celebrate its achievements and work towards reconciliation, while also sharing this with the broader community,” Fiona said.
The forum is free and runs from 5:30pm– 7:30pm tonight, Monday 8 July, at the VOS-Rory Spence Lecture Theatre at the School of Architecture & Design, UTAS Inveresk campus. Tickets are available through eventbrite.