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Celebrating Australia’s first nation community, culture and talent at QUT. Which Way? Murri-Ailan Way.
Murri-Ailan Way is QUT’s celebration of National Aboriginal Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week; this year it will be held between the 8th and 11th of August (Week 3, Semester 2). We will also be celebrating the historic 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum and the 25th anniversary of Mabo decision.
Come and be a part of this free and all-inclusive event with a variety of traditional and contemporary performers, hands-on workshops, bushfood workshops and taste testing or listen in on panel discussions.
Tuesday, 8 August, 10am – 2pm: Caboolture Campus @ the courtyard
For the final first nation celebration on our northern campus, the Oodgeroo Unit invite you to come and check out day one of Murri-Ailan Way from 10am with a range of local community stalls, bush tucker sessions as well as sampling and a free sausage sizzle! With traditional performances from Aboriginal dancers and the Wagga Torres Strait Islander Dance Company, dance workshops from the Yulu Burri Ba Aboriginal Dancers and 2016 Australia’s Got Talent Finalist Chris Tamwoy, Murri-Ailan Way at Caboolture is a great day for culture, community and talent!
Wednesday 9 August, 10am – 2pm: Gardens Point Campus @ the Kidney Lawn
Day two of Murri-Ailan Way commences with a Welcome to Country from Yerongpan Aboriginal Dancers and includes Aunty Edna’s Basket Weaving Workshops, painting and sand design stations as well as a range of stalls both internal and external to QUT. Come down for a sausage sizzle, get involved in a dance workshop with the Yulu Burri Ba Aboriginal Dancers and watch some show stopping performances from the Wagga Torres Strait Islander dance company. Bringing it home for Murri-Ailan Way’s Gardens Point event will be QUT Alumnus and Triple J Unearthed winner Robbie Miller so come one, come all – This is the place to be!
Constituting Change: A Legal, Social or Cultural Shift? Wednesday, 9 August 3:15 – 5:30pm: Garden Point Campus @ the Owen J Wordsworth Room, S Block, Level 12
On the 50-year anniversary of the historic 1967 Referendum bringing change to the Australian Constitution, hear from our expert panel to discuss the legal, social and cultural ramifications of the referendums outcome. Join participating chair Dr. Sandra Phillips retrace the path of 1967 and unpack the events leading up, to and beyond the referendum with panel members Uncle Sam Watson, Dr. Chelsea Bond, QUT Law Academic Peter Black and Barrister at Law, Joshua Creamer. With constitutional change a hot topic in the current political climate, where does this lead us and what can we learn from the past. Seats will be limited so register your attendance here.
Paperbark: First Nation Narratives with Aunty Lesley Williams - Thursday, 10 August, 10.30-11.45 am: Kelvin Grove Library (R Block), Curriculum Collection (Level 4). Tea and coffee provided from 10.30. Author discussion from 11.00 am.
Join us for a morning with Aunty Lesley Williams, who, along with her daughter Tammy Williams, is the author of the inspiring and award-winning book Not Just Black and White a conversation between a mother and a daughter. Aunty Lesley is a respected Murri (Aboriginal) Elder. She is best known for instigating the domestic and international Justice for Aboriginal Workers campaign. In 2002 this campaign resulted in the Queensland State Government delivering an historic reparation package of $55.4 million to all Indigenous workers who had their wages and savings controlled by past governments. In 2003, she was awarded the Centenary Medal for her distinguished services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. She has received the David Unaipon Award as well as a Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance. Lesley has co-produced and consulted on a number of documentary films including The Ration Shed and For Their Own Good, and co-wrote On The Banks of the Barambah: A History of Cherbourg. She is a proud ‘Nana’ to six grandchildren. Seats will be limited so register your attendance here.
Thursday 10 August, 12noon – 6pm: Kelvin Grove Campus, A Block Lawn
Celebrate day three of Murri-Ailan Way as we focus on some of the artistic talents of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. With the Yerongpan Aboriginal Dancers and Wagga Torres Strait Island Dance Company opening the event, the Yulu Burri Ba Aboriginal Dancers will follow on with a dance workshop to get involved in as well! There will be basket weaving with Aunty Edna, making your own Murri-Ailan Way keepsake with painting and sand design stations, plus many stalls on hand including bush food information sessions and tasting as well. Capping off Murri-Ailan Way 2017’s day time events, come and get down to Brisbane favourite rockers The Huntsmen from 5pm.
Friday 11 August from 7:30pm: Gardens Point Campus, Botanic Bar
Capping off a huge week of First Nation talent, come and celebrate at the Botanic Bar, Gardens Point campus with Brisbane’s own CKNU and special guests Ling Jay and Benjin Maza, the night is set to sign off Murri-Ailan Way 2017 - Come and be a part of this!
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