Last week, UOW Global Enterprises and UOW College celebrated NAIDOC Week at a special morning tea with an address from Professor Paul Chandler, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Inclusion & Outreach) at UOW, to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

Held nationally from 8 – 15 July, NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

In 2018, the National NAIDOC theme was ‘Because of her, we can!’, celebrating the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make – at the community, local, state and national levels.

Across our organisation, celebrating events like NAIDOC Week are an important part of our Diversity and Equity Strategy which our Diversity and Equity Committee oversee. We want to do all we can to ensure that our differences are respected and celebrated and our people feel valued and supported to achieve their personal and professional aspirations.