Always Was, Always Will Be.

In 2020 The University of Queensland is proud to once again celebrate NAIDOC Week. While nationally, NAIDOC Week may have moved to November, we are taking the opportunity to celebrate the event early in Semester 2 when all students can experience the events whether you are studying on campus or online.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

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About this year's theme

Always Was, Always Will Be. recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.

We are spiritually and culturally connected to this country.

This country was criss-crossed by generations of brilliant Nations.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were Australia’s first explorers, first navigators, first engineers, first farmers, first botanists, first scientists, first diplomats, first astronomers and first artists.

Always Was, Always Will Be. acknowledges that hundreds of Nations and our cultures covered this continent. All were managing the land - the biggest estate on earth - to sustainably provide for their future.

Find out more about this year's theme.

(From the official NAIDOC Week website)

Get excited for UQ NAIDOC Festival

Join us for the 2nd Stories for Reconciliation of the year.

We'll be discussing 232: The Last Day of Freedom 2020, a podcast by Lorna Munro.

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Festival Highlights

Official Opening
Don't miss the official launch of UQ NAIDOC Festival for 2020. Featuring an Acknowledgement of Country by Professor Bronwyn Fredericks, and live traditional performances.
Murri Trivia Night
From the huge success the Murri Trivia is back again! Join UQ ATSIS Unit and UQLife for Live Trivia night via Zoom in celebration of UQ NAIDOC Festival!
Concert
This year we're keeping it local with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers who are local to Brisbane. Don't miss it.
Panel Discussion
Reflecting on a UQ Forum, DATSIP’s 2019 Review of the Qld Indigenous Cultural Heritage Acts - what role might scholars play in politics, legislation and policy? Join us on the Main Stage for a rousing discussion.
Always Was, Always Will Be Poetry Workshop with Anita Heiss
Join author Anita Heiss as she runs an online poetry workshop celebrating this year’s NAIDOC theme, Always Was, Always Will Be. on Zoom.
Documentary Screening: In My Blood it Runs
A critically acclaimed observational feature documentary told through the eyes of a 10 year old Arrente/Garrwa boy, Dujuan and his family revealing challenges Dujuan faces both in his school and on the streets of Alice Springs.

Festival events

A full program of events will span our three Brisbane campuses and online to ensure that everyone in our UQ community can share in the celebration of this year's UQ NAIDOC Festival. From research highlights, to arts and crafts workshops, panel discussion and life performances, there is truly something for everyone in this year's festival.

COVID Safe Events

All events and spaces are operating in line with current guidelines. We ask that you please practice social distancing at all times and if you have travelled in the last 14 days, been in contact with someone with COVID-19, or if you are feeling unwell or experiencing COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms, please stay at home. Where relevant, you will be required to provide your contact details for contact tracing purposes.

Main Program

Time Session Location Registration
12-1pm
(Arrive from 11.30am)

Official Opening
Includes:

  • Professor Bronwyn Fredericks - Acknowledgement of Country
  • Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry AO
  • Nunukul Yuggera - Traditional Aboriginal dance performance
Great Court
Main Stage
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12-6pm

Food and Market Stalls

Food:

  • My Dilly Bag
  • Murri Menu

UQ Press:

  • UQP is known for publishing literary works, poetry and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories. Browse selected books by Indigenous authors and maybe pick up a new read.

UQ Shop:

  • Reconciliation Action Plan Merchandise - This collection has been produced by Indigenous supplier Geared Up Culcha, a proud Supply Nation Certified Supplier. 

Arts and Crafts:

  • Amber's Food Wraps (Native Australian reusable beeswax wraps)
Great Court Not Required

Cultural Workshops

Due to COVID-19 restrictions registrations are essential as strict maximum capacities apply.

Time Session Location Registration
1pm
2pm
3pm

Weaving Workshop
Cultural Weave

Workshops embedded with a unique cultural experience through sharing the skill of an ancient art and providing a safe yarning circle for all ages. Select from three available timeslots.

Great Court
Zone 1

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2pm  Boomerang Throwing Workshop
Nunukul Yuggera
Great Court
Zone 3

Limited capacity
Strictly 15 pax at one time.

NO REGISTRATION Required for this workshop. Capacity will be controlled. 

3pm

Bush Tucker: Lolly Making
Prof. Melissa Fitzgerald and Chef Dale Chapman

This cooking class will take you on a food journey, tantalising your imagination and taste buds. Australian native ingredients are powerful in flavour so you are in for a treat! Select from two available timeslots.

Great Court
Zone 3
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1pm
2pm

Aboriginal Art Workshop
Jordana Angus

Get your creative juices flowing and join Jordana Angus for this Aboriginal Art Workshop. Select from two available timeslots.

Great Court
Zone 4

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Learning and Knowledge

Due to COVID-19 restrictions registrations are essential as strict maximum capacities apply.

Time Session Location Registration
1pm
2.30pm

Anthropolgy Museum Tour
Agency and Legacy

Take a tour of UQ’s Anthropology Museum’s exhibition, Queensland Aboriginal Creations: Agency and Legacy, showcases over 150 works alongside archival documents from a fascinating point of the State’s history. Many of these works have never been exhibited before, having been drawn from the University’s own collection as well as objects from the Queensland Museum and private collections 

Agency and Legacy explores often overlooked art traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in Queensland and the government policies that shaped their production and marketing. Including over 150 works representing communities across the state including the Torres Strait Islands, Kowanyama, Pormpuraaw, Mornington Island, Hope Vale, Cairns, Yarrabah, Cherbourg and Brisbane

Select from two avialable timeslots.

Michie Building (9)

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1-2pm

Autonomy in the Torres Strait Islands
Panel Discussion

The discussion of greater autonomy and regional independence has been an ongoing topic among Torres Strait Islander peoples for over 80 years, however,  it became a broader discussion with the 1997 Greater Autonomy for Torres Strait Islanders report to the Australian House of Representatives.

Great Court
Main Stage
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2-3pm

Panel Discussion
Reflecting on a UQ Forum, DATSIP’s 2019 Review of the Qld Indigenous Cultural Heritage Acts - what role might scholars play in politics, legislation and policy?

In mid 2019, DATSIP, Queensland Government, announced it would review the QLD Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Acts and invited submissions. At UQ we (PVC IE office and School of Social Science) organised a community, practitioner and scholar’s forum as an opportunity to provide a space for discussion on this important matter. The Forum was a chance to offer the campus as a neutral space for debate on this sometimes contentious area, and thus as a resource for community, practitioners and scholars to come together and raise key issues, as well as an opportunity to connect Community, private and public bodies with scholars and academic expertise relevant to policy and practice. A UQ submission was made to the DATSIP Review of the Acts, which was informed by input from the Forum.

How might UQ scholars be more prepared and available to undertake similar services to community and practitioners in the future? To what extent can events such as this Forum (necessarily reacting to external occurrences, ie the review) be planned in advance, or to what extent can UQ scholars be better prepared to put together such activities in response to current politics, policy announcements or other events?

Great Court
Main Stage
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Entertainment Program (3-6pm)

Experience local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers rocking out the Great Court. Registrations are essentail and are for the full program.

Register to attend on campus

If you can't make it, we will be live streaming our headline act, Chris Tamwoy, on the UQLife Facebook page.

Time Act
3.30-4pm

Ben Barker
Didgeridoo Performance

Ben Barker is a Original musician combining the Didgeridoo and Guitar simultaneously to create a truly Aboriginal Australian sound. With soulful voice, melodical guitar and haunting didgeridoo Ben Barker will bring story and life experience together to bring you something truly unique and Amazing.

4-5pm

Digi Youth Arts

Digi Youth Artists (DYA) are a not-for-profit arts organisation that shares the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. As a leading youth arts organisation, DYA creates change through artistic excellence, advocacy and ensuring young people are at the core of all that they do.

As part of UQs NAIDOC Celebration Event, DYA Artists will present a collection of creative works working across movement and dance, music by The Ancient Bloods, and spoken word performances.

5-6pm

Chris Tamwoy
Headline Act

 

Chris Tamwoy is an emerging Indigenous singer, songwriter and musician with both Eastern and Western Torres Strait Islander blood running through his veins. 

His distinctive guitar-tap style and vibrant personality see him in high-demand for gigs across Australia, the USA, ongoing media appearances and documentary features. In 2016 national TV audiences watched Chris make his way through to the grand finals of Australia’s Got Talent, and 2018 saw him on TV weekly as a judge on All Together Now. 

Having played some of Australia’s largest music festivals he often surprises crowds with sensational on-stage collaborations. He has also represented proudly at high profile events such as G’day USA Gala, Los Angeles and National Indigenous Music Awards where he was nominated 2016 Young Indigenous Musician of the Year. 2018 saw an inspired performance and Acknowledgement of Country and People at the Invictus Closing Ceremony, collaborating with Colin Hay, Aloe Blacc, Birds of Tokyo and many more talented musicians.  

Chris’ debut EP Ngaw Laag ‘My Home’ in 2015 was well received earning him the prestigious honour of National NAIDOC Youth of the Year. Chris was awarded Queensland Young Achiever of the Year in 2018. Over the last few years Chris has been rehearsing and recording his full album debut Reality Is set for release in 2020 which includes an inspiring collaboration with Christine Anu on Australian song classic Kulba Yaday for ABC Music. 

Dubbed a ‘guitar virtuoso’, this humble young man’s music, personality and vibe are unforgettable. 

Documentary Screening

Due to COVID-19 restrictions registrations are essential as strict maximum capacities apply.

Time Details Location Registration
6-8pm

In My Blood it Runs
Documentary Screening

A critically acclaimed observational feature documentary told through the eyes of a 10 year old Arrente/Garrwa boy, Dujuan and his family revealing challenges Dujuan faces both in his school and on the streets of Alice Springs. The director, Maya has been making films alongside Arrente Elders and families at two Arrente-led NGO’s Akeyulerre and Children’s Ground for over a decade preceding the inception of this film.

Great Court Register Now

 

Tuesday 11 August

12-1pm

Official Opening
Includes:

  • Professor Bronwyn Fredericks - Acknowledgement of Country
  • Nunukul Yuggera - Traditional Aboriginal dance performance

Watch Here

2-3pm

Panel Discussion
Reflecting on a UQ Forum, DATSIP’s 2019 Review of the Qld Indigenous Cultural Heritage Acts - what role might scholars play in politics, legislation and policy?

In mid 2019, DATSIP, Queensland Government, announced it would review the QLD Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Acts and invited submissions. At UQ we (PVC IE office and School of Social Science) organised a community, practitioner and scholar’s forum as an opportunity to provide a space for discussion on this important matter. The Forum was a chance to offer the campus as a neutral space for debate on this sometimes contentious area, and thus as a resource for community, practitioners and scholars to come together and raise key issues, as well as an opportunity to connect Community, private and public bodies with scholars and academic expertise relevant to policy and practice. A UQ submission was made to the DATSIP Review of the Acts, which was informed by input from the Forum.

How might UQ scholars be more prepared and available to undertake similar services to community and practitioners in the future? To what extent can events such as this Forum (necessarily reacting to external occurrences, ie the review) be planned in advance, or to what extent can UQ scholars be better prepared to put together such activities in response to current politics, policy announcements or other events?

Watch Here

5-6pm

Chris Tamwoy
Headline Act - Livestreamed to Facebook

 

Chris Tamwoy is an emerging Indigenous singer, songwriter and musician with both Eastern and Western Torres Strait Islander blood running through his veins. 

His distinctive guitar-tap style and vibrant personality see him in high-demand for gigs across Australia, the USA, ongoing media appearances and documentary features. In 2016 national TV audiences watched Chris make his way through to the grand finals of Australia’s Got Talent, and 2018 saw him on TV weekly as a judge on All Together Now. 

Having played some of Australia’s largest music festivals he often surprises crowds with sensational on-stage collaborations. He has also represented proudly at high profile events such as G’day USA Gala, Los Angeles and National Indigenous Music Awards where he was nominated 2016 Young Indigenous Musician of the Year. 2018 saw an inspired performance and Acknowledgement of Country and People at the Invictus Closing Ceremony, collaborating with Colin Hay, Aloe Blacc, Birds of Tokyo and many more talented musicians.  

Chris’ debut EP Ngaw Laag ‘My Home’ in 2015 was well received earning him the prestigious honour of National NAIDOC Youth of the Year. Chris was awarded Queensland Young Achiever of the Year in 2018. Over the last few years Chris has been rehearsing and recording his full album debut Reality Is set for release in 2020 which includes an inspiring collaboration with Christine Anu on Australian song classic Kulba Yaday for ABC Music. 

Dubbed a ‘guitar virtuoso’, this humble young man’s music, personality and vibe are unforgettable.

Watch LIVE on Facebook

Wednesday 12 August

10am

Virtual Tour of the Anthropology Museum
Agency and Legacy

Take a tour of UQ’s Anthropology Museum’s exhibition, Queensland Aboriginal Creations: Agency and Legacy, showcases over 150 works alongside archival documents from a fascinating point of the State’s history. Many of these works have never been exhibited before, having been drawn from the University’s own collection as well as objects from the Queensland Museum and private collections 

Agency and Legacy explores often overlooked art traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in Queensland and the government policies that shaped their production and marketing. Including over 150 works representing communities across the state including the Torres Strait Islands, Kowanyama, Pormpuraaw, Mornington Island, Hope Vale, Cairns, Yarrabah, Cherbourg and Brisbane

Watch Here

11.30am-12.30pm

The Next Generation of Indigenous Research Leaders
Live Panel - Hosted by Professor James Ward live on Facebook and in Zoom

Join the UQ Poche Centre for a virtual panel discussion with three of their Poche Scholarship holders. The UQ Poche Centre aims to support the next generation of Indigenous researchers and provides funding and support while completing higher degree by research.  On the panel will be Lee Sheppard, Janet Stajic and Shea Spierings and we will hear about the amazing research being undertaken and where the research path is leading each of the students. The panel will be moderated by Professor James Ward, Director of the UQ Poche Centre.

Professor Ward is a Pitjantjatjara and Narungga man, and a national leader in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research. He is currently the Director of the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Professor within the School of Public Health at the University of Queensland.

Watch LIVE on Facebook

Participate in Panel Discussion - Register Here

6-8pm

Murri Trivia Night (hosted by Sandra Phillips)
Online Trivia Night via Zoom

After the huge success of our first trivia night, Murri Trivia is back again! Join UQ ATSIS Unit and UQLife for a Live Trivia night via Zoom in celebration of the 2020 UQ NAIDOC Festival! The night will be hosted by Sandra Phillips and is open to everyone. Two rounds of trivia questions will be posed to groups of six via breakout rooms. Choose your own team or be randomly selected! (Teams to be selected upon registration)

Make sure you arrive right on 6pm so you don't miss all the fun! Winning team members will receive a Reconciliation Artwork Pack.  There are also prizes for Most Innovative Team Name and Best Dressed Team and Individual as judged by Professor Bronwyn Fredericks.

Everyones a winner at our NAIDOC edition of Murri Trivia!

Prizes:

Winning Team: Each team member will receive a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Artwork Pack which includes a RAP notebook, lanyard, reusable coffee cup, water bottle and drawstring bag  (valued at $91).

Most Innovative Team Name: RAP Keep Cup

Best Dressed Team: RAP Power Pack 

Best Dressed Individual: RAP Power Pack 

All Participants: RAP Lanyard!

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Thursday 13 August

10am

Bush Tucker Tour
Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour of UQ's Bush Tucker garden and learn about the rich cultural landscape with Alex Bond.

Alex Bond strongly identifies as a member of the Kabi Kabi people of south-east Queensland, but also has descent links with the Waka Waka (Burnett River) and Kaanju (Cape York) and Kumu (Dirranbandi) peoples. He has an extensive knowledge base on Aboriginal culture and history in South-East Queensland. Alex is regularly employed at the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre (University of Queensland) for community-oriented projects. He is also a casual tutor and research assistant at the Centre and conducts guided tours of the Aboriginal cultural landscape in the Brisbane CBD for UQ students of anthropology, human geography and architecture. He has been conducting cultural landscape tours since 2011 and is passionate about sharing his cultural knowledge. In his spare time, Alex loves busking and playing his guitar.

Watch Here

12-1pm

Always Was, Always Will Be Poetry Workshop with Anita Heiss
Online Workshop via Zoom

Join author Anita Heiss as she runs an online poetry workshop celebrating this year’s NAIDOC theme, Always Was, Always Will Be. All done via zoom, the hour will be spent brainstorming the theme, writing your own words, sharing your poetry, hearing of poetry recommendations, and generally being creative and inspired.

Register Now

Friday 14 August

12pm

CHABOO Art Workshop
Watch on Facebook

Chaboo is a Brisbane based Aboriginal owned small business that specialises in unique hand painted Aboriginal home decor art. Chaboo offers customised orders, graphic design, and murals decorated with Aboriginal art. Chaboo has also designed the 2019-2022 UQ Reconciliation Action Plan artwork.

Watch on Facebook

6-8pm

In My Blood it Runs
Watch Party Documentary Screening

A critically acclaimed observational feature documentary told through the eyes of a 10 year old Arrente/Garrwa boy, Dujuan and his family revealing challenges Dujuan faces both in his school and on the streets of Alice Springs. The director, Maya has been making films alongside Arrente Elders and families at two Arrente-led NGO’s Akeyulerre and Children’s Ground for over a decade preceding the inception of this film.

Register Now

Saturday 15 August

6pm

Garret Lyon
Live music

Garret Lyon is a Singer/Songwriter and Dancer from Rockhampton, Central Queensland. After graduating from the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts in Brisbane, Garret performed around Australia, teaching music and dance in Indigenous communities, appeared in Move It Mob Style (NITV/ABC), Sang the National Anthem at the Indigenous NRL All Stars Game, worked with Bernard Fanning, Leah Purcell, Rhoda Roberts, Deborah Mailman and also stared as the lead role of Aladdin in Disney’s “Aladdin: The Musical” in Jakarta, Indonesia. In 2017 Garret relocated to Melbourne where he released his debut EP “Belong to You”.

Watch LIVE on Instagram

Central Walkway Program (10am-2pm)

Time Session
10am-2pm

Food and Market Stalls

  • My Dilly Bag
  • Amber's Food Wraps (reusable food coverings)
  • Murri Menu
12-1pm

Official Opening
Watch on the big screen (recorded LIVE at St Lucia)

Includes:

  • Professor Bronwyn Fredericks - Acknowledgement of Country
  • Nunukul Yuggera - Traditional Aboriginal dance performance
1pm

Ben Barker
Didgeridoo Performance

Ben Barker is a Original musician combining the Didgeridoo and Guitar simultaneously to create a truly Aboriginal Australian sound. With soulful voice, melodical guitar and haunting didgeridoo Ben Barker will bring story and life experience together to bring you something truly unique and Amazing.

    2pm Event concludes

    Cultural Workshops

    Due to COVID-19 restrictions registrations are essential as strict maximum capacities apply.

    Time Session Capacity
    11am
    1pm

    Weaving Workshop
    Cultural Weave

    Workshops embedded with a unique cultural experience through sharing the skill of an ancient art and providing a safe yarning circle for all ages. Select from three available timeslots.

    Limited capactity
    Strictly 20 pax

    11am

    Bush Tucker Lollies Workshop
    Prof. Melissa Fitzgerald and Chef Dale Chapman

    This cooking class will take you on a food journey, tantalising your imagination and taste buds. Australian native ingredients are powerful in flavour so you are in for a treat! Select from two available timeslots.

    Limited capactity
    Strictly 20 pax
    1pm

    Aboriginal Art Workshop
    Jordana Angus

    Get your creative juices flowing and join Jordana Angus for this Aboriginal Art Workshop. Select from two available timeslots.

    Limited capactity
    Strictly 20 pax
    1pm

    Boomerang Throwing Workshop
    Nunukul Yuggera

    Limited capacity
    Strictly 15 pax

    NO REGISTRATION Required for this workshop. Capacity will be controlled. 

    Near Cafe Dose Program (11am-1pm)

    Time Session
    11am-1pm

    Food and Market Stalls

    • My Dilly Bag
    • Amber's Food Wraps (reusable food coverings)
    • Murri Menu
    11am

    Official Opening
    Watch on the big screen (recorded LIVE at St Lucia)

    Includes:

    • Professor Bronwyn Fredericks - Acknowledgement of Country
    • Nunukul Yuggera - Traditional Aboriginal dance performance
    12pm

    Ben Barker
    Didgeridoo Performance

    Ben Barker is a Original musician combining the Didgeridoo and Guitar simultaneously to create a truly Aboriginal Australian sound. With soulful voice, melodical guitar and haunting didgeridoo Ben Barker will bring story and life experience together to bring you something truly unique and Amazing.

      1pm Event concludes

      Cultural Workshops

      Due to COVID-19 restrictions registrations are essential as strict maximum capacities apply.

      Time Session Capacity
      12pm

      Weaving Workshop
      Cultural Weave

      Workshops embedded with a unique cultural experience through sharing the skill of an ancient art and providing a safe yarning circle for all ages. Select from three available timeslots.

      Limited capactity
      Strictly 20 pax

      12pm

      Bush Tucker Lollies Workshop
      Prof. Melissa Fitzgerald and Chef Dale Chapman

      This cooking class will take you on a food journey, tantalising your imagination and taste buds. Australian native ingredients are powerful in flavour so you are in for a treat! Select from two available timeslots.

      Limited capactity
      Strictly 20 pax
      12pm

      Aboriginal Art Workshop
      Jordana Angus

      Get your creative juices flowing and join Jordana Angus for this Aboriginal Art Workshop. Select from two available timeslots.

      Limited capactity
      Strictly 20 pax

      Workplace Diversity and Inclusion

      Universities are agents of change and responsibility must be shared across all areas of UQ to create change. If you have any questions about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment, you can visit the UQ Jobs webpage or contact:

      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Team

      Indigenous_employment@uq.edu.au

       

      Acknowledgement of Country

      The University of Queensland (UQ) acknowledges the Traditional Owners and their custodianship of the lands on which UQ operates.

      We pay our respects to their Ancestors and their descendants, who continue cultural and spiritual connections to Country.

      We recognise their valuable contributions to Australian and global society.

      .