Walk and Talk Celebrates National Reconciliation Week 2018
Did you know that Griffith has the largest Indigenous- student population of any Queensland university and the second largest number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academic staff in Australia?
It’s something to be proud of, especially this week as we celebrated National Reconciliation from 27 May to 3 June. This year’s theme was “Don’t Keep History a Mystery”, which invited all Australians to learn more about the rich histories of Australia’s First Peoples, who represent the world’s oldest surviving culture.
National Reconciliation Week at Griffith was celebrated with our annual Walk and Talk events. These events, held by the GUMURRI Student Support Unit, brought together students, staff, and the wider community, Indigenous and non- Indigenous in the spirit of recognition, respect, and healing.
This year’s events saw 400 participants register across Gold Coast and Nathan campuses.
Griffith’s reconciliation action plan (RAP), which was created together with students, staff, and the community, strives to close the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. The key themes included in Griffith’s RAP are respect, relationships, and opportunity. Initiatives such as the First Peoples Health Unit have created opportunities for First People’s health in the areas of learning and teaching, research and engagement.
As well as the GUMURRI Student Support Unit, which offers assistance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, Griffith has a range of programs to recognize and support our First Peoples.
Council of Elders: https://www.griffith.edu.au/about-griffith/first-peoples/council-of-elders
First Peoples Health Unit: https://www.griffith.edu.au/griffith-health/first-peoples-health-unit
Find out more on First Peoples: https://www.griffith.edu.au/about-griffith/first-peoples