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NAIDOC Week

We proudly observe NAIDOC Week, which is held each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

NAIDOC Week

Celebrating NAIDOC Week: 7-14 July 2024

National and local events held during NAIDOC Week showcase the profound beauty and enduring impact of the oldest continuous living cultures on earth.

As part of our Indigenous Strategy, Deakin is committed to Reconciliation and Treaty, advancing the educational aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and moving Indigenous Knowledges into the mainstream of Australian life. All our endeavours aim to reflect Australia’s full history and seek to build an inclusive future.

We encourage you to attend Deakin and community events during NAIDOC Week.

Upcoming events

Share your art with us to win

Indigenous students – we invite you to share your art, culture and stories for a chance to win – and you may even get your artwork commissioned by Deakin.

Acknowledgement of Country

Can't make it to campus for NAIDOC Week? Watch Deakin’s Acknowledgement of Country online.

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Banner image: Urapun Muy by Deb Belyea, Samuawgadhalgal, Torres Strait.

'Urapun Muy, from the Kalaw Kawaw Ya dialect of the Top Western Islands of the Torres Strait, means ‘One Fire’. The title of this work pays homage to Torres Strait Islanders and Aboriginal people everywhere, as we all have that one fire: our passion for our culture.

In this work, I have depicted the hands of our ancestors that have carefully dropped a burning ember on to a fire. This ember burns hot with intensity, stoking the flames, as it combines with the new fire. The linear detail shows the energy and power as cultural knowledge is transferred from our ancestors to us today. Culture is the fire that gives us knowledge, wisdom and purpose.

It is our responsibility to maintain, practice, and pass on our fire to our future generations.

Afterall, Culture keeps us Blak, Loud and Proud.'