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National Reconciliation Week

Register for our events to learn how you can contribute to reconciliation.
From 25 May to 3 June, you're invited to discover Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and to share that knowledge to help us grow as a nation.

Official Opening Ceremony

Monday 25 May, 9.30-10am
Zoom webinar

We'll begin National Reconciliation Week with a Welcome to Country, delivered by Uncle Craig Madden from Bundjalung Gadigal land. Join Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services) Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver AM and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Duncan Ivison who will introduce us to some of the events and key themes of the week.

The ceremony will close with a performance from the Barayagal Choir from the Conservatorium of Music. Singers and musicians from Sydney's Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander communities and the University of Sydney community come together to sing songs of reconciliation. 

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Uluru Statement from the Heart

Wednesday 27 May, 12.30-1pm
Zoom webinar

Hear Thomas Mayor, an author and Torres Strait Islander man born on Larrakia country in Darwin, as he recites the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

The Uluru Statement from the Heart is an invitation from First Nations people to “walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future”. The statement calls for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution and the establishment of a Makarrata Commission that would supervise a process of agreement-making with Australian governments.

The recital of the statement will be followed by a discussion with Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver, Professor Duncan lvison and Thomas Mayor.

The event will conclude with a performance from the Barayagal Choir from the Conservatorium of Music.

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Sydney Ideas: 'In this together'

Friday 29 May, 12pm

'In this together' – the theme for National Reconciliation Week 2020 - is now resonating in ways we could not have foreseen. Join Professor Jaky Troy and defence lawyer and human rights activist Teela Reid as they discuss reconciliation, unfinished business and reckoning.

While much has changed since the early days of the reconciliation movement, there is still a long way to go before we can claim to be a truly reconciled country. So how do we get there?

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Culture Forum: Openness and Engagement

Tuesday 2 June, 11.30am-12.15pm
Zoom webinar

Why do we value openness and engagement? Hear from University of Sydney experts at this special Culture Forum to hear about how we can contribute to reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader Australian community.

We'll discuss how we can embed these values in our teaching, research and service to the community as well as the impact of physical distancing on reconciliation.

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Demystifying the 'Acknowledgement of Country'

Wednesday 3 June, 12-12.45pm
Zoom webinar

What is the purpose of a 'welcome' or 'acknowledgment' of country? What are the different ways of doing this? Tune in to hear from our staff about the different ways you can personalise your own 'Acknowledgement' to pay respect to the land in which you live and work.

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Indigenous Grasslands for Grains sculpture

Sculpture project launch

Our Grasses for Grains ground-breaking research at Narrabri in Northern NSW is focussed on using Australia’s native grasses to produce grains that are more sustainable than the traditional grains brought in from overseas. Led by Narrabri research scientist Dr Angela Pattinson, the work looks at environmental sustainability, indigenous land management, climate change, and the urban verse regional debate.

We have brought together experts from the University community to create a sculpture to represent this research and spark delate about innovation and sustainability. The collaboration consists of Dr Angela Pattinson, Michael Mossman from the School of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney alumnus Richard Leplastrier and a young Indigenous architect, Jack Gillmer.

The sculpture project will launch during National Reconciliation Week, with the installation starting in September and completion set for the end of 2020.

Native Grasses for Grains

Dr Angela Pattinson shares her research into using native Australian grasses to produce grains.

Culture chat - Courage and creativity

Lisa Jackson Pulver (Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Strategy and Services) and Professor Umberto Ansaldo (Head of School, Professor of Linguistics, School of Literature, Art, and Media) chat about courage and creativity and what this means for our work.