CQUniversity campuses welcome call to 'Be brave. Make change' this National Reconciliation Week
CQUniversity has embraced this year's National Reconciliation Week (NRW) theme' which challenged all Australians to Be brave. Make change' by hosting a series of events across the University footprint.
The campus-based events provided staff' students and community members the opportunity to come together and help tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation.
A variety of events including Indigenous-catered morning teas' discussion groups' workshops' research seminars and cultural tours were held at CQU campuses in Adelaide' Brisbane' Cairns' Mackay' Melbourne' Rockhampton' Sydney and Townsville.
CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor and President' Professor Nick Klomp said the events supported the University's collective commitment to reconciliation' not just for NRW' but for every week of the year.
"At CQUniversity' we recognise reconciliation is a shared process and that every student' alumnus and staff member has a role to play'" Professor Klomp said.
"This week provided an opportunity for everyone to celebrate First Nations' achievements and cultures' to reflect on our shared history' and to look to the future as we make change toward reconciliation.
"During NRW and in his first week on the job as Prime Minister' Anthony Albanese committed to a referendum on adopting the recommendations of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
"This is a really important step for our country. As a university' CQU has humbly accepted the invitation from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to share the journey towards realising the powerful aspirations of the Uluru Statement'" Professor Klomp said.
"We continue to stand in solidarity with First Nations people as this journey continues' and I'm delighted that we are now a step closer to the destination."