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Ancestors by Dr Jenny Murray-Jones

7 July 2020

Help us celebrate First Nations Cultures this NAIDOC Week

This week is NAIDOC Week, which is held each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC stands for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’ and this year’s theme is ‘Always Was, Always Will Be.

Find out more about the origins and history of NAIDOC Week.

While the official 2020 NAIDOC Week celebrations have been moved to November due to COVID-19 restrictions, Deakin is marking this special week with two online events.

Webinar: new Indigenous Studies units

All Deakin undergraduate students can enrol in Indigenous Studies elective units, with an additional two new units developed in 2020: 

Join our Zoom conversation as presenters Jessamy Gleeson and Rebecca Gerrett-Magee explain how these units will increase your understanding and appreciation of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and politics.

When: Wednesday 8 July, 12–12:45pm

Collaborative live painting experience: Connecting to Country through art

‘Ancestors’, by Dr Jenny Murray-Jones

Join artists Kiri Wicks and Dr Jenny Murray-Jones on Zoom and contribute your story as we build a collaborative artwork.

Starting with topographical map lines, we’ll weave shared conversations about Country and identity into a large-scale abstract artwork, painted in real time.

All are welcome to drop in and out of the day-long session. This artwork depends on your collaboration.

When: Thursday 9 July 2020, 10am–5pm.

We hope to see you online this NAIDOC Week! 

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