Celebrating Reconciliation Week at UWS


Date: 25/05/2009

The University of Western Sydney will mark National Reconciliation Week with three commemorative events to be held on the University's Bankstown and Campbelltown campuses.

National Reconciliation Week is an opportunity to learn more about the culture and history of Australia's Indigenous people and focus on reconciliation.

In 2009, the University will host three commemorative events to encourage the communities of Greater Western Sydney to celebrate the rich culture and history of Indigenous Australians.

* On Tuesday 26 May 2009, a special Sorry Day ceremony will be held at the UWS Bankstown campus.

* On Friday 29 May 2009, the launch of the Dreaming Film Festival will be held at the UWS Bankstown campus.

* On Friday 5 June 2009, the UWS Yarramundi Lecture will be held at the UWS Campbelltown campus.

The Sorry Day event on Tuesday 26 May 2009 will feature a welcome to country by Indigenous Elders and entertainment by traditional Indigenous dancers and musicians.

At the event, the University will also demonstrate its strong commitment to Indigenous education by introducing the new UWS Indigenous Graduate Attribute program - a learning and teaching framework that will give all graduates the knowledge and skills to appreciate the culture of Indigenous Australia and work productively with Indigenous communities.

The second Reconciliation Week event will be the launch of the Dreaming Film Festival on Friday 29 May 2009. Part of the 2009 UWS Year of Respect and Inclusion, the Dreaming Film Festival will feature films from the National Film and Sound Archives Black Screen Program and Flickerfest's 'Bit of Black Business' short film compilation.

The third Reconciliation Week event will be the UWS Yarramundi Lecture - a public event in which a prominent Indigenous Australian is invited to make a presentation on the issues that are of significance to Indigenous communities.

On Friday 5 June 2009, Michele Hall, Director of Aboriginal Education with the NSW Department of Education and Training, will share her insights into pathways to higher education for Indigenous students.

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Contact:


Media Officer


Danielle Roddick
d.roddick@uws.edu.au
02 9678 7086, 0414 308 701