National Reconciliation Week 2017 celebrations at Flinders

An exciting program of music, food and culture is underway to celebrate Flinders’ commitment to Indigenous education and reconciliation.

Musicians, performers and artists including Nancy Bates and John Baker, Electric Fields supported by Hannah Yates, and the Southern Elders Weaving Group are taking part in a calendar of activities at Bedford Park.

A three-course shared Reconciliation Dinner in Flinders’ Alere Restaurant will honour Indigenous knowledge and the long history of cooking with local, seasonal bush foods from across Indigenous lands in Australia.

Former AFL player Daniel Motlop will speak at that event, with part of the proceeds from ticket sales being donated to Flinders’ Indigenous Scholarship Fund.

For bookings please contact Alere Restaurant on 8277 7186. 


Wednesday 31 May – Staff, students, alumni and the general public will be entertained by some of Australia’s best Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander talent as Nancy Bates performs with John Baker at lunchtime from 1pm in the Plaza, with the band Electric Fields and support act Hannah Yates, from 6pm in The Tavern.

Wednesday 31 May – The Southern Elders Weaving Group workshop will teach traditional techniques of weaving from 12pm in the Plaza.

Wednesday 24 May – 14 June, level 2, The Hub – Fellow Australian exhibition by Noongar artist Byron Pickett, whose work some thirty years after their production, resonates strongly with current issues facing Indigenous Australians and the ongoing struggle for equality and recognition.

Thursday 1 June at 3.30pm, Alere Function Centre, level 2, The Hub – A panel of Flinders Academics and Students will discuss different approaches to including Indigenous knowledges and perspectives in the curriculum and what teaching for Reconciliation means.

Read the full program here:

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) runs annually from 27 May – 3 June. These dates mark two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey: The 1967 referendum and the historic Mabo decision, respectively.

In marking these significant milestones, NRW is asking all Australians to be a part of the next big steps in our nation’s reconciliation journey.

The Flinders NRW program of events and activities is bought to you by the Office of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement, Office of Communications and Engagement Office, Flinders University Student Association, and People and Culture.


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