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First Nations Leadership

Engagement & events

Celebrate and commemorate First Nations achievement

We take pride in celebrating First Nations academic achievement and commemorating the anniversaries of significant Indigenous struggles and victories.

We strengthen community engagement through culturally relevant events that further understanding and respect our First Nations peoples, cultures, histories and our many contributions to Australian society.

Key events include the annual CDU Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture, National Reconciliation Week, NAIDOC Week, First Nations Valedictory celebrations, local and regional festivals and events that celebrate First Nations culture, family, education, and wellbeing.

Indigenous Leadership Engagement

Events calendar

Anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generation
National Sorry Day
Anniversary of 1967 Referendum
National Reconciliation Week
Darwin NAIDOC Celebrations
Garrmalang Festival
Garma Festival
Barunga Festival
Freedom Day Festival (to be confirmed)
Garamalang Festival (Darwin)
Vincent Lingiari and Gough Whitlam

Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture

The Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture commemorates the Wave Hill Station walk-off led by Vincent Lingiari with his Gurindji people and other groups in August 1966 – a significant act by those involved as it was a catalyst for Aboriginal people, not only in the Northern Territory but across Australia, to have their rights to traditional lands recognised and for those lands to be returned.

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Nugget Coombs
Hosted in partnership with ANU

Nugget Coombs Memorial Lecture

The Nugget Coombs Memorial Lecture is a free public lecture that from 2010 has been co-presented by the Australian National University through its North Australian Research Unit (NARU) and Charles Darwin University through its Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership.

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Shaping the Future Forum

Hosted on 23 January 2019 at Charles Darwin University, Casuarina Campus

A presentation of research projects related to 'better understanding and responding to the needs of regional and remote Indigenous Higher education students in the NT'

These research projects were awarded a 2018 Australian Rural Education Award by the Society for the Provision of Rural Education in Australia (SPERA) for five intersecting Indigenous higher education related research projects emanating out of our office.

The award is given to projects that demonstrate a proven link between a rural, regional and/or remote school or learning context and the local community, and benefiting a defined group.

These projects have included partnerships with BIITE, CQU, SUT and various funding bodies.

Forum presentations

Forum introduction
Welcome to Country – Bilawara Lee
Opening Remarks – Professor Simon Maddocks
Scene Setting – Mr Shane Motlap & Words from EPHEA – Ms Gabrielle O’Brien

Presentation 1 
'What does success look like in Indigenous higher education policy contexts in the NT?: Indigenous stakeholder perspectives' presented by Ms Catherine Street (PhD Student) & Mr Shane Motlap

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Presentation 2
'Barriers to, and facilitators of, Indigenous student success: Perspectives from the frontline' presented by Ms Kim Robertson & Professor James Smith

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Presentation 3
'Understanding Indigenous Student completions from two regional universities – What can cohort analysis tell us' presented by Ms Fiona Shalley

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Presentation 4
'Surveys with Indigenous students: What do they tell us?' presented by Ms Penny Szybiak

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Presentation 5
'Strengthening evaluation in Indigenous higher education contexts in Australia' presented by Professor James Smith & Dr Kellie Pollard

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Presentation 6
'Evidence-based actions to support remote Indigenous participation in higher education: What do we know and where to next?' presented by Ms Donna Stephens & Professor James Smith

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Presentation 7
'Building the Indigenous higher education workforce in Australia: What needs to be done?' presented by Dr Sarah Ireland & Ms Kim Robertson

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Presentation 8
'Provocations and contestations of boarding for remote students as a pathway into higher education' presented by Associate Professor John Guenther and Mr Andrew Lloyd

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