CDU celebrates NAIDOC Week 2018

NAIDOC banner 2018

NAIDOC Week 2018 will celebrate the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make - to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation. Under the theme - Because of her, we can! - NAIDOC Week 2018 will be held nationally from Sunday 8 July and continue through to Sunday 15 July.

As pillars of our society, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play - active and significant roles at the community, local, state and national levels. Their achievements, their voice, their unwavering passion give us strength and have empowered past generations and paved the way for generations to come. Because of her, we can!


CDU Program of events

Monday 9 July, 4.30pm

Launch of Djambarrpuyŋu Dictionary

Yolŋu Matha is spoken in East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. Djambarrpuyŋu is one of the Yolŋu Matha languages, is spoken by 1.4% of the Northern Territory population and is the second language of many Yolŋu. Grace Tongatua brings you the latest edition of the Djambarrpuyŋu children’s dictionary. Over 10 years in the making Grace has not only compiled the dictionary but drawn and painted its nearly 300 illustrations.
Grace has a Graduate Certificate in Yolngu Studies (CDU) and is currently completing a Bachelor of Indigenous Languages at Charles Darwin University. View the invite.

VENUE: CDU Library Courtyard, Casuarina Campus

To RSVP Phone: 8946 7654 or email:

This event is hosted by CDU Library in collaboration with Northern Institute and the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts & Society

Tuesday 10 July, 9am

'Because of her we can’ Exhibition Launch

During NAIDOC Week Charles Darwin University celebrates the achievements of the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who have made a substantial contribution to, and impact on, this University. From its very foundations, these women have contributed to making this University what it is today – they have inspired, driven change and shown pathways for staff and students, and we proudly acknowledge you all - Because of her, we can!

VENUE: Blue 2 Building – Indigenous Leadership Area Breezeway

To RSVP Phone: 8946 6339 or email:

This event is hosted by the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Indigenous Leadership

Wednesday 11 July, 5.00pm - 7pm

Charles Darwin University Professorial Lecture

‘Indigenous Advantage’

By Professor Ruth Wallace, Dean of College of Indigenous Futures, Arts & Society/ Director, Northern Institute

Indigenous Leader Eddie Fry has challenged us to think about a 50 year plan and ‘the Indigenous Estate lifted beyond current perceptions of what is possible in Indigenous Australia’. northern Australia has many advantages and can lead development and change in the region. The people of northern Australia are leaders in innovation and managing change. What will be the next major disruption in our lives? This presentation thinks about the future of northern Australia as a leader in understanding and partnered approaches to economic prosperity, culturally engaged leadership and social engagement. We ask if the people and institutions of northern Australia draw on deep expertise in innovation, knowledge of our region and its histories, recognition of land and sea rights to turn change into adaptive pathways, rights into intergenerational strength and sustainability; can turn disadvantage to advantage. It’s time to ask what is possible and how will we be a part of the future.

VENUE: Orange 3, University Theatre, CDU Casuarina Campus

To RSVP email

Thursday 12 July 10.00am - 3.00pm 

Indigenous Language & Research Forum

CDU researchers have worked with Indigenous communities since the 1970s, with an ongoing focus on languages, culture and futures and participatory action research leading to real outcomes for Aboriginal people. This forum will highlight significant current and future Indigenous research work and the projects that are driven by Indigenous women.



Building Resilience in Indigenous Communities through Engagement
Professor Ruth Wallace, Director - Northern Institute & Dean - CIFAS
Chloe Ngelebe Ford, Research Assistant, Northern Institute
Emily Tyaemaen Ford, Research Assistant, Northern Institute


Indigenous research by, with and for Indigenous people
Tracy Woodroffe, Lecturer & PhD Student  


Larrakia Language Revitalisation
Bilawara Lee, CDU Larrakia Academic in Residence  


Powerful words – the road to liberation
Dr Wendy Ludwig, Director of Operations Indigenous Leadership

VENUE: Northern Institute, CDU Casuarina Campus

All welcome. Morning and afternoon tea provided. No registration required.

This event is hosted by Northern Institute

Friday 13 July, 10.30am -12noon

‘Express Yourself’ Indigeneity in Higher Education and how your voice matters

Targeted towards Indigenous Higher Education students Indigenous lecturer, academic & PhD student Tracy Woodroffe presents on the unique perspective that Indigenous students possess and how their voices and involvement are integral to making Indigeneity in Higher Education paramount.

VENUE: CDU Library, Casuarina Campus

To RSVP Phone: 8946 7654 or email:

This event is hosted by CDU Library in collaboration with Northern Institute and the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts & Society

Exhibition - Yidumduma Bill

Thursday, 31 May - Saturday, 21 July 2018

CDU Art Gallery Exhibition - Yidumduma Bill Harney Bush Professor

Yidumduma Bill Harney: Bush Professor is an exciting retrospective celebrating the life work of Yidumduma Bill Harney, one of the last fully initiated men of the Wardaman people from the Northern Territory.

Now 85, Yidumduma grew up learning every aspect of Wardaman culture from his mother Ludi Yibuluyma and adopted father Joe Jomornji, and was also inspired by his well-known biological father William E Harney to publish several books including ‘Born Under the Paperbark Tree’. Read the CDU media release for Yidumduma Bill Harney Bush Professor here.

VENUE: CDU Art Gallery, Building Orange 12, Casuarina Campus

This event is hosted by CDU Art Gallery

Wed – Fri: 10am – 4pm, Sat: 10am – 2pm

The 2018 NAIDOC poster was painted by Bigambul woman, Cheryl Moggs, from Goondiwindi, the painting portrays the 2018 theme, Because of her, we can! showing the courage and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Learn more about Cheryl & her painting.