International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples recognised at Sydney graduation

Published:09 August 2018

CQUni Education graduate Wayne Santo on stage with Chancellor Robyn Minchinton at CQUniversity's Sydney graduation on presentation of his cultural sash and testamur.

CQUniversity's Sydney graduation ceremony was held on Thursday, 9 August, the same day as International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.

The significant day was recognised at the ceremony by Chancellor Robin Minchinton. Here is an except from the Chancellor's speech:

"As we celebrate this CQUniversity Graduation ceremony, I ask you to acknowledge that our special day coincides with the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Declared by the United Nations, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the 9th of August each year, prompts us to remain diligent about promoting and protecting the rights of the world’s Indigenous populations. It recognises Indigenous peoples as practitioners of unique cultures and knowledges that contribute to a rich and vibrant global heritage.

"The theme for this international day in 2018 is Indigenous peoples’ migration and movement. The subject asks us to consider the challenges faced by those forced to move as the result of circumstances beyond their control: conflict, persecution, development and climate change.  For many of the 370 million Indigenous people worldwide, forced migration is a grim and heart rending reality, causing loss of land, territories, traditional resources and often culture.

"It is part of the CQUniversity vision to explore and action pathways that ensure the flourishing of Indigenous peoples’ identity, culture and knowledges. Ours is a shared and inclusive vision. It is respectful and mindful of our nation’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and extends to those who struggle for rights in nations beyond our shores."