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July 4 - July 11

NAIDOC Week is an opportunity to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within the University and wider community, and across all our campuses.

We stand on Gadigal Land in Camperdown, Dharug Land in Camden, Wangal Country in Lidcombe, Gamilaraay Country in Narrabri, Wiradjuri Country in Dubbo, Bundjalung Country in Lismore and Gagudja Country in Kakadu.

We welcome you to join us in celebrating our First Nations communities for what they are – the custodians of Country, who are knowledgeable, proud and spiritually connected to place.

NAIDOC Week activities

* Due to COVID restrictions, our NAIDOC Week opening on campus has been cancelled.   

National Tree Day
Register to plant a tree at the Camperdown/Darlington Campus on Friday 30 July and help create our new native Curriculum Garden. Staff and student volunteers are welcomed.
Heal Country Podcast Series Lecturer in Indigenous, intergenerational, environmental and multispecies justice, Dr Christine Winter explores this year’s NAIDOC week theme ‘Heal Country, Heal the Nation’ in a four-part podcast series. Subscribe and listen
NAIDOC Week reading list
Explore the library's NAIDOC Week reading list, with interesting books on Indigenous themes or by Indigenous authors.
Visit the library
Chau Chak Wing Museum
Plan your visit to the First Nations collections at the Chau Chak Wing Museum (when it reopens) and explore cultural materials from various Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups.
Plan your visit

NAIDOC Week 2021 - Heal Country

The 2021 NAIDOC theme Heal Country! calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.

Healing Country means embracing First Nations cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia's national heritage, calling for greater protections for their lands, waters, sacred sites and cultural heritage.

As a University, we are pleased to have recently launched the One Sydney, Many People Strategy (2021-2024), our guiding framework for embedding First Nations knowledges and cultures into University life at Sydney.

Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver reflects on the significance of this year's NAIDOC Week theme, Heal Country, for protecting the unique and dynamic environments, sacred sites and cultures of First Nation Peoples across Australia.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Library Protocols

The University of Sydney Library recently launched the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Protocols to deliver services that reflect the Library’s diverse clients, and to make their experience more welcoming and inclusive.

The University of Sydney Library is committed to embedding culturally competent practice. These Protocols aim to guide Library staff in promoting culturally safe practices across services, spaces and resources.


Celebrating our community and achievements