It’s NAIDOC week, a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Indigenous achievement – reflecting on the past and looking to the future. The University of Newcastle has strong voices emanating from The Wollotuka Institute – and we’d like to share some of them here.

Dr Raymond Kelly is the Cultural Standards Coordinator at The Wollotuka Institute. Dr Kelly was profiled by ABC about celebrating his heritage and calling for stronger community leadership. Read his profile here.

Professor Peter Radoll opened NAIDOC Week by co-hosting ABC1233 mornings with Jill Emberson. Listen back to Professor Radoll here.

Reflecting on The Importance of Space and Place, Professor Radoll also delves into the theme of this year’s NAIDOC Week “We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate” in this great article which not only discusses the meaning of space, it explores what this means in the face of forced closures of Aboriginal communities in Western Australia.

The University of Newcastle hosted the National Indigenous Tertiary Education Games, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the games with a win! Over 420 Indigenous students in 29 teams played basketball, netball and volleyball – with team Wollotuka taking home the overall winners trophy. Read more about these games, and some of the stories of the students who participated, here.

Associate Professor Kathleen Butler has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship on “Sociology technology and Indigenous issues”. This fellowship seeks to formally extend critical conversations on Indigenisation of curriculum to the discipline of sociology. The fellowship will employ focus groups in three states to gather data, culminating in a symposium highlighting models of best practice. These models will be disseminated through a range of means including an ongoing website hosted by the University of Newcastle.