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26 July 2017

Celebrating Australia’s first nation community, culture and talent at QUT. Which Way? Murri-Ailan Way. Come and be a part of this free and all-inclusive event with a variety of traditional and contemporary performers, hands-on workshops, bushfood taste testing or listen in on panel discussions.

Tuesday, 8 August, 10am – 2pm: Caboolture campus @ the courtyard

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.

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!

Wednesday, 9 August, 3.15 – 5.30pm: Garden Point campus @ the Owen J Wordsworth Room, S Block, Level 12

“Constituting Change: A Legal, Social or Cultural Shift?”

“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 WatsonDr. Chelsea Bond, QUT Law Academic Peter Black and Sandra 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.

Thursday, 10 August, 10.30 – 11.45am: Level 3 (opposite lift), Kelvin Grove Library (R Block)Tea and coffee provided from 10.30am. Author discussion from 11.00am.

“Paperbark: First Nation Narratives with Aunty Lesley Williams”

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. Seats will be limited so register your attendance here.

Thursday, 10 August, 12 – 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!

Contact details: QUT Oodgeroo Unit, 3138 3261