E-news Issue 8
Tuesday, 05 October 2021
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Students and staff participated in activities such as clapstick making during the NAIDOC Week celebrations on Casuarina Campus.
Students and staff participated in activities such as clapstick making during the NAIDOC Week celebrations on Casuarina Campus.

CDU celebrates belated NAIDOC Week with students and staff

Students and staff joined in the belated NAIDOC Week event on Charles Darwin University (CDU)’s Casuarina Campus in early September.

Originally scheduled for the week of July 4 to 11, CDU’s NAIDOC events were delayed due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

Activities on Casuarina Campus instead took place on September 8, so more students could celebrate the history, culture and achievements of First Nations peoples.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor First Nations Leadership (DVCFNL) Professor Reuben Bolt, said the celebration provided an opportunity for students from all backgrounds to get together and appreciate First Nations culture.

“It really is an opportunity for students to learn about First Nations culture. NAIDOC is an opportunity for us to celebrate on our terms because it is a nationally recognised event,” Professor Bolt said.

“This year’s theme ‘Heal Country’ is about everyone. Healing country is for everyone.”

Activities at Casuarina Campus included cooking traditional bush tucker, clapstick making, rock painting and weaving with local First Nations people and artists.

Students and staff from across the University were welcome to attend and celebrate the national event focused on healing country.

CDU’s Alice Springs campus also celebrated NAIDOC Week on August 11. There was a performance by Bigg T, a First Nations hip-hop artist and CDU VET in School student studying a Certificate II in Music Studies, as well as a variety of traditional cultural activities.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman and DVCFNL Professor Bolt also attended the event and engaged with students and staff from Central Australia.