Bendigo celebrates NAIDOC Week

La Trobe University in Bendigo celebrated one of the oldest continuing cultures in the world as part of NAIDOC Week.

Featuring an Indigenous inspired morning tea, weaving circle, art activity and short film screening, the day brought together students, staff and members of Bendigo’s Indigenous community.

La Trobe’s Indigenous Academic Enrichment Adviser, Tashara Roberts, said NAIDOC Week is an opportunity to reflect on our shared history, and the current status of Indigenous peoples.

“This week is about reflecting on the history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – part of a culture that is at least 120,000 years old,” Ms Roberts said.

“NAIDOC is also about bringing awareness to the issues that continue to impact on our peoples.”

La Trobe’s Pro-Vice Chancellor (Indigenous), Professor Dennis McDermott said a key focus of this year’s NAIDOC Week is giving a voice to Indigenous Australians.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have pushed, over a long period, for a direct say in how our lives are governed,” Professor McDermott said.

“We should, and can, work together for a better, shared future. That only has a chance, however, if we’re grown up enough, as a nation, to grasp the nettle of our shared past.”