UQ NAIDOC Festival 2021

What is NAIDOC?

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

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.

In 2021, in line with newly announced COVID-19 restrictions, and campus closures, The University of Queensland is proud to once again celebrate NAIDOC online. We celebrated National NAIDOC Week 4-11 July with a full program of online events and activities and we had planned to bring you a full program of on-campus and online events this year, but we are working hard to bring as many elements of the Festival online as we can.

Explore UQ NAIDOC Festival

We're bringing you this year's festival online with the best of NAIDOC celebrations past and present.

Tuesday 3 August

Official Opening & In Conversation
12pm Tue 3 August (Facebook LIVE)
Join us LIVE on Facebook for the official opening of UQ NAIDOC Festival for 2021. With an official introduction by Professor Deborah Terry AO, followed by Jim Walker (Lecturer, Indigenous Curriculum, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences) being joined in conversation to discuss Centring Country and Healing, this is a great way to kick-start this year's festivities online.
From the Couch: UQ NAIDOC Festival edition
6pm Tue 3 August (Facebook LIVE)
Join the Couch Crew on From the Couch this week as they celebrate UQ NAIDOC Festival. Rameez is joined by new Couch Crew member and proud Torres Strait Islander Isobel as hosts for this special edition of From the Couch, while Sebastian heads to MyDillyBag on the Sunshine Coast to learn more about Bush Tucker cooking from Aunty Dale. New Couch Crew member Tom takes us on a tour of UQ's Aborginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (ATSIS) Unit and meets up with the Goorie Berrimpa collective, and Rebecca chats to Blak Seed who re-worked UQ's Reconciliation Action Plan artwork for the Team UQ's uniforms for the recent Indigenous National Uni Games.

Wednesday 4 August

Revisited: Aunty Dale's Bush Tucker Kitchen
8am Wed 4 August (Facebook & IGTV)
We're revisiting Aunty Dale's Bush Tucker Kitchen with two back-to-back episodes that will have you reaching for the fry pan! Aunty Dale is a longtime friend of UQ and shares her wisdom of cooking with native ingredients to create two mouth-watering dishes. Do not miss it.
Revisited: Yarning bout: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Design and Principles with EAIT
12pm, Wed 4 August (Facebook LIVE)
Join Carroll Go-Sam, Kelly Greenop, Theresa Bower as they discuss in a yarning circle Aboriginal and Torres Strait Design Principles Projects with EAIT.
LIVE MUSIC: Ben Barker
6pm Wed 4 August (Instagram LIVE)
Unwind and celebrate UQ NAIDOC Festival with one of our favourites, Ben Barker, playing live on UQLife's Instagram from 6pm. Don't miss this exclusive live performance.

Thursday 5 August

Revisited: Art Workshop with Casey Coolwell and Kyra Mancktelow
10am Thu 5 August (Facebook)
Join Quandamooka artists Casey Coolwell and Kyra Mancktelow from Chaboo Designs for an Art Workshop.
Revisited: Heal Country: Yarning Circle
12pm Thu 5 August (Facebook)
Recorded as part of NAIDOC Week 2021, The Sustainable Minerals Institute is hosting a Yarning Circle in partnership with Norm Sheehan (chair of the UQ RAP committee), with introduction from SMI Director Professor Neville Plint.

Friday 6 August

Revisted: Uncle Alex's Bush Tucker Tour
10am Fri 6 August (Facebook Live)
Explore some of the native species present at UQ's Bush Tucker Garden on this virtual tour hosted by Uncle Alex and uncover what foods could be hiding in your own backyard.
Murri Trivia hosted by The Goorie Berrimpa Collective
6pm Fri 6 August (Online via Zoom)
Unleash your inner trivia star at Murri Trivia. Join the Goorie Berrimpa Collective and UQLife for a Live Trivia night via Zoom in celebration of the UQ NAIDOC Festival! The night will be hosted by the Indigenous student collective 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 early so you don't miss all the fun!

Watch anytime

In Conversation

Professors Bronwyn Fredericks and Anita Heiss in conversation about Bila Yurrudhanggalangdhuray 27 May 2021 at UQ Art Museum.

This video features “Terra Nulius (with Scrooge)” by Tony Albert (2021)

Listen anytime

NAIDOC UQ Yarns Podcast

Hosted by the Faculty of Medicine’s Associate Dean (Indigenous Engagement), Maree Toombs,
UQ Yarns is a podcast that highlights the amazing work of Individuals dedicated to working
with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities.

NAIDOC Week 2021 Episode: T'Kido and Seffwen Titasey

NAIDOC Week 2021 Episode: Cameron Callope

About this year's theme

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. 

This year's theme is "Heal country, heal our nation".

From the official NAIDOC website:

"Healing Country means hearing those pleas to provide greater management, involvement, and empowerment by Indigenous peoples over country.

Healing Country means embracing First Nation’s cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia's national heritage. That the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders are respected equally to and the cultures and values of all Australians". 

'Care for Country’ was designed by Gubbi Gubbi artist Maggie-Jean Douglas 

Yarning with...

Three UQ students share their experience of NAIDOC and what Heal Country means to them.

Keep the celebrations going


Rock with us at Deadly Noize on 23 October

Starring some of Australia's biggest rising stars in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music scene, we are turning the volume up to 11 with a 4 hour concert that is sure to rock St Lucia!

Headlining this year's concert are Sycco (2021 NIMA Finalist - Artist of the year, Song of the year, Film clip of the year) and Ziggy Ramo (2020 Australian Music Prize Nominee - Album of the year) with Kobie Dee and Sachém.

Tickets are just $10 for UQ Student and $15 for other members of the community.


Get your tickets now!

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



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.