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

We strengthen community engagement through culturally relevant events which further understanding and respect of our Indigenous 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, Indigenous Valedictory celebrations, local and regional festivals and events that celebrate Indigenous culture, family, education, and wellbeing.

Events calendar

  • National Sorry Day
  • National Reconciliation Week
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  • Anniversary of 1967 referendum
  • NAIDOC Week
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  • Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture - August 2020 (TBA)

    Gurindji Art Exhibition -  August 2020 (TBA)


    Regular events impacted and/or cancelled due to COVID-19:

    Indigenous Valedictory Ceremonies - May and October

    Garrmalang Festival - May

    Barunga Festival - June

    Garma Festival - August

    Freedom Day Festival - August

Indigenous Leadership and Regional Outreach

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.

Vincent Lingiari and Gough Whitlam

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.

Austin Asche Oration banner

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.