UQ marks Reconciliation Week with busy program of events

9 June 2021

The University of Queensland chose National Reconciliation Week (27 May-3 June) to launch a ‘UQRAP Network’, open to all staff and students, as part of a busy program of campus events and activations.

Events included the UQRAP Network launch, the Global Leadership Series event, Murri Trivia, the 'In Conversation' on a new novel, and the Sorry Day commemoration.

Professor Fredericks joined UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry to launch the #UQRAP Network.

Staff and students also stood together at St Lucia to commemorate National Sorry Day, forming the word ‘sorry’ and showing support for families impacted by the Stolen Generations.

Students and staff across all campuses and locations were encouraged to continue their cultural learning journey and engage with Reconciliation initiatives, to ensure a culturally-respectful workplace and study environment.

UQ Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) Professor Bronwyn Fredericks said UQ had made good progress in terms of its Reconciliation commitments but there was still a long way to go.

“So we encourage all our students and staff to attend NRW events and take action,” Professor Fredericks said.

“Increased engagement and action by non-Indigenous staff and students in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a key factor in the success of our Reconciliation Action Plan and fits the theme of this year’s National Reconciliation Week, More than a Word: Reconciliation Takes Action 2021.

“National Reconciliation Week encourages us all to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.”

Other NRW highlights included a Murri Trivia evening, a ‘You Can’t Ask That’ discussion, an ‘In Conversation’ (now available online) about the latest novel from UQ’s Professor Anita Heiss (Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray), and a panel titled ‘Taking Action on Reconciliation at UQ’.

As a lead-up to NRW, on 24 May, there was a Global Leadership Series keynote by UQ alumnus Professor Megan Davis, a member of the Referendum Council which designed a series of dialogues culminating in the creation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart in 2017.