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ECU celebrates NAIDOC Week

Thursday, 16 June 2011

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Each year, ECU celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Indigenous Australians through a number of events held during NAIDOC Week.

Starting on Monday, 4 July, ECU will hold Flag Raising ceremonies at both the Joondalup and Mount Lawley Campuses. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags will be raised to officially mark the week and actively demonstrate the University’s commitment to, and respect of, the Indigenous community.

The Celebration of Indigenous Art Exhibition, held at ECU’s iconic Kurongkurl Katitjin Art Gallery, will showcase Indigenous artwork from the University’s art collection, as well as a special collaboration with local artists through True Blue Gallery. The “Change” exhibition will officially launch on Friday, 1 July and will run throughout NAIDOC Week.

To round out NAIDOC Week celebrations, ECU’s Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research, Kurongkurl Katitjin, will host an Indigenous Film Night at the Mount Lawley Campus, with a special screening of Three Boys Dreaming. The Australian feature film, directed by Michael Cordell, follows three young Indigenous boys as they chase the dream of becoming professional AFL Footballers. Guests will be invited to Kurongkurl Katitjin to enjoy free refreshments, including soup and damper, prior to the screening.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Engagement, Equity and Indigenous), Professor Brenda Cherednichenko, believes NAIDOC Week is critical to building reconciliation through the celebration of the achievements of those within the Indigenous Australian community.

“NAIDOC Week celebrations are an important reflection of the University’s dedication to closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, along with publicly recognising those within the community who have made significant contributions towards reconciliation."

NAIDOC Week 2011 – Event Details

Flag Raising Ceremonies
Mount Lawley
Date: Monday, 4 July
Time: 9.00am
Venue: Temporary flag poles outside Kurongkurl Katitjin; Building 15; ECU Mount Lawley Campus
Joondalup
Date: Monday, 4 July
Time: 10.00am
RSVP: Outside Library (Building 31); ECU Joondalup Campus

Celebration of Indigenous Art Exhibition
Date: Monday, 4 July to Friday, 8 July
Time: 9.00am to 4.0pm daily
Venue: Kurongkurl Katitjin Art Gallery; Building 15 Room 15.127; ECU Mount Lawley Campus

Indigenous Film Night
Date: Wednesday, 6 July
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: Kurongkurl Katitjin Art Gallery; Building 15 Room 15.127; ECU Mount Lawley Campus
RSVP: Space is limited so please ensure you RSVP here

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