Issue 13
Monday, 14 August 2017
Charles Darwin University
The CDU team at Garma
The CDU team at Garma

CDU turns out in force at Garma Festival

By Leanne Miles

A strong contingent of staff and students attended the 2017 Garma Festival in Gulkula, Arnhem Land, to showcase the university’s commitment to Indigenous education, research and engagement.

The team from the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership, Northern Institute, School of Indigenous Knowledges and Public Policy, and VET held a swag rolling competition, offered Yolngu language sessions and spoke about Indigenous research partnerships such as the Gurruwilyun Yolngu Seasonal Calendar.

The CDU executive team, including Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks, attended many of the high-level presentations and discussion panels on Indigenous education policy and reforms.

“CDU’s strategic plan, Connect Discover Grow, identifies Indigenous Leadership as one of the five strengths of the university and we are committed to being a leader among Australian universities in relation to Indigenous participation,” Professor Maddocks said.

“Garma was an exciting event to be a part of not only to showcase what we offer in terms of support to our Indigenous students by way of our specialised and unique Indigenous knowledges and culture courses, but also to build on our strong partnerships with Indigenous researchers and communities,” he said.