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National Reconciliation Week

27 May — 3 June

UniSA acknowledges the Kaurna, Boandik and Barngarla First Nations People as the traditional custodians of the unceded lands that are now home to the University of South Australia’s campuses in Adelaide, Mount Gambier and Whyalla. We respectfully acknowledge their Ancestors and Elders, past, present and emerging. UniSA also acknowledge the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia. It was and always will be Aboriginal land.
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National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation.

This year’s theme ‘More than a word. Reconciliation takes action’, urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action. We all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures.

UniSA will be celebrating NRW through a variety of on campus and online events; so everyone can get involved. In line with this year's theme, we invite you to commit to taking action by participating in the activities we offer.

As an individual you can take an impactful step towards reconciliation, by participating in our 'Commitment to Action'  wall where you can nominate an action of your preference that you will follow through with. Alternatively, you are welcome to participate through our online platform below.

COMMIT TO ACTION


To keep up-to-date with the activities we are hosting, we encourage you to 'RSVP' to the Facebook event below.

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On Campus Events

UniSA SPICED: Aboriginal Culture

Date
Mon 31 May

Time
11.00am - 2.00pm

Location
Student Lounge

Join us for a Welcome To Country and Smoking Ceremony by Uncle Michael O'Brien, followed by a cooking demonstration and tasting of native Australian foods by Warndu and an acoustic performance from Nathan May.

Can't make it on the day? City West will be streaming the live event to their Facebook page.

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Master Class with Creative Native Foods & Music Performance

Date
Wed 2 June

Time
12.00pm - 2.00pm

Location
Plaza 

Join Dominic Smith (Yuin man) owner and director of "Edible Reconciliation" as he serves up a master class on native Australian foods. Taste first hand the joy of authentic, sustainably grown produce while taking in an acoustic performance from Nathan May. All food tasting will strictly abide by COVID safe practices.

Can't make it on the day? City East will be streaming the live event to their Facebook page.

National Reconciliation Week: Mawson Lakes

Date
Tue 1 June

Time
11.00am - 2.00pm

Location
GP Courtyard

Celebrate National Reconciliation Week with a variety of cultural activities including a Smoking Ceremony with Uncle Mickey O'Brien, Didgeridoo performances from Les Giles, dreamtime stories with Uncle Dookie, a Q&A with SANFL player Byron Summer, and performances from Kyron Weetra and Lindsay Boyz Gang.


Aboriginal Skies

Date
Thu 3 June

Time
2.00pm - 3.00pm

Location
Building P

Visit the planetarium to learn about the night sky, it's connection to Dreaming stories and how different constellations such as the Southern Cross and Orion have been seen by Aboriginal communities across Australia for thousands of years. This is an all inclusive event, no matter your level of astronomical knowledge.

National Reconciliation Week - Commencement Event

Date
Fri 28 May

Time
10.30am - 12.30pm

Location
Amy Wheaton Lawns

Join us for a Smoking Ceremony, Welcome to Country and morning tea in recognition of the commencement of National Reconciliation Week. From 11:30am, stop by the Student Lounge to attend a screening of ‘In My Own Words’, a documentary showing the journey of adult Aboriginal people learning to read and write.

Please bring a donation or contribute to the Literacy for Life Foundation.

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Community Art Gallery

Date
Tue 1  & Wed 2 June 

Time
9.00am - 5.00pm

Location
A Building 

Come along and see how local primary school students have interpreted reconciliation and the theme of 'taking action' through artwork that seeks to educate, provoke and enact change.  

 National Reconciliation Week Lunch

Date
Wed 2 June

Time
12.00pm - 2.00pm

Location
Central Communal Area

Join fellow staff, students and community members for a catered lunch in recognition and celebration of National Reconciliation Week.

SAASTA Campus Visit

Date
Fri 4 June

Time
12.00pm - 2.00pm

Location
Central Communal Area

Interested in the artistic achievements done by young Aboriginal people within the community? Attend a campus visit and artist showcase from the South Australia Aboriginal Secondary Training Academy (SAASTA). 

Acknowledgement of Country & Morning Tea

Date
Thu 27 May

Time
9.00am - 9.30am

Location
Front Lawn

Come by the UniSA 'Reconciliation Statement of Commitment' stone for a Welcome to Country, cultural morning tea and native jams taste testing.

Off Campus & Community Events

Aboriginal Culture and History Quiz

Date
Wed 2 June

Time
3.00pm - 4.00pm

Location
Online

How well do you know Aboriginal people's culture and their true history? We invite you to participate in this online quiz and contribute towards reconciliation by taking the time to recognise and value Aboriginal peoples’ culture. We also welcome UniSA students currently based overseas, so you can connect with UniSA through National Reconciliation Week.

Feeling inspired to take further action? Make a commitment on our Commit to Action Online Pledge.

Join us via Zoom
Password: 303897
Meeting ID: 869 2780 1770

ZOOM LINK

In My Blood It Runs movie screening 

Date
Thu 27 May - Thu 3 June 

In My Blood It Runs is a documentary being screened online throughout NRW. Meet ten-year-old Dujuan, a child-healer, a good hunter who speaks three languages and who became the youngest person at age 12 to address the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2019 about his hopes for change for Aboriginal Peoples.

This documentary follows Dujan as he travels perilously close to incarceration, while his family fight to give him a strong Arrernte education alongside his western education lest he becomes another statistic. We walk with him as he grapples with these pressures, shares his truths and somewhere in-between finds space to dream, imagine and hope for his future self. Don’t miss this inspiring film about the strength and resilience of First Nations communities.

To unpack this film, be sure to also check out this Q&A and for more resources and ways to take action, please visit inmyblooditruns.com/takeaction

Click below to watch the film at any time during 27 May – 3 June. Please note, there will be only 200 viewings available.

Password: UNISA

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OUR WORDS by Adelaide Festival Centre

OUR WORDS is a collection of original poems by First Nations poets from across the country. Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre and now being promoted by UniSA for National Reconciliation Week, the newly imagined OUR WORDS is a platform dedicated to connecting audiences to the works of contemporary First Nations artists - both emerging and established.

Speaking on survival, history, truth and country, these are voices enriched with sixty thousand years of continuous culture and distilled by two hundred years of disruption and genocide.

As it always has been, it’s time to listen.

FULL VIDEO PLAYLIST

Your Culture, My Culture: Reconciliation in the West

Date
Thu 27 May

Time
10.00am - 3.00pm

Location
Hoj Plaza (City West)

 UniSA's Your Culture, My Culture Program will take students from each campus on a minibus to Tauondi Aboriginal College's Reconciliation in the West for a fun day of Aboriginal food and live entertainment. 

This event requires a contribution of $5.

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National Reconciliation Week Breakfast
(Sold Out - waiting list available)

Date
Thu 27 May

Time
7.00am - 9.00am
(seated by 6.45)

Location
Adelaide Convention Centre

Reconciliation SA are hosting the Annual National Reconciliation Week Breakfast to launch NRW week in South Australia, staff and students are invited to purchase a ticket or table and hear about the ways in which you can take action. 

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Intermediate Kaurna Art Workshops
(Sold Out)

Date
Thu 27 May & Thu 3 June

Time
6.00pm - 9.00pm

Location
Noarlunga Library

Come along for a hands on education on the different art styles of mobs across Australia and guided canvas painting. All materials needed will be provided.

Tickets cost $20 and registration is essential..

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People in the Landscape

Date
Thu 27 May

Time
11.00am - 12.00pm

Location
Whyalla Public Library

We welcome you to attend this public lecture that explores the relationship between Aborginal people and their Country in Whyalla's wider region. Children and adults will have the opportunity to interact with Aboriginal artefacts, colour-in sheets will also be available.


Morning Tea and Unveiling

Date
Wed 2 June

Time
10.00am - 11.00am

Location
Mount Gambier Library 

Come along as the Mount Gambier Library officially unveils the dual naming of the Children’s Cave in Bunganditj (Boandik) language. Along with the hanging of the collaborative art project. This is a free event, and light refreshments will be provided. To book, please call 8721 2540 or book under ‘programs & events’.
 


Nunga Screen 2021

Date
Thu 27 May - Thu 3 June

Time
Multiple Sessions

Location
Multiple Locations

Celebrate First Nations culture, stories and languages by attending one of over 20 Nunga Screen events being held across regional South Australia. This is a free community program that showcases a number of short independent films designed to bring communities together in reconciliation. 

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How you can take action!

Show Your Support

Share your voice of support #ReconciliationUniSA #MoreThanAWord  #NRW2021

Get Involved

Learn how you can move from safe to brave with the five dimensions of reconciliation outlined in the 2021 State of Reconciliation in Australia Report. The report also identifies where we are on our journey towards reconciliation, where we need to go, and how as a individuals and community can get there. 

Support the campaign of change for education, racism juvenile justice reform started by The Arrernte and Garrwa families and communities behind the the film In My Blood It Runs. 


Educate yourself

Visit Share Our Pride and take the awareness raising journey. Get a glimpse into the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective beyond the stereotypes and learn how to build partnership with all Australians. 

Learn first hand about the historic 1967 Referendum from one of it's most iconic faces, Aunty Shirley Peisley (Ngarrindjeri/Boandik).