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Yajilarra nhingi, mindija warrma: ‘from dreams, let’s make it reality’.
This animation captures the story of strength, resilience, sovereignty and power that has been told by First Nations women and girls.

Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2022

3–10 July 2022 is NAIDOC Week. First established in 1957 as the National Aborigines’ Day Observance Committee, NADOC (as it was then known) followed years of activism in the fight for the rights of Aboriginal peoples. Even earlier than 1920, Aboriginal peoples had been boycotting Australia Day and protesting unequal and racist treatment; however, much of the Australian public were unaware of these boycotts. A need to publicise the boycotts, and to raise awareness of the mistreatment of Aboriginal peoples, was a key driver in the creation of organisations such as the Australian Aborigines Progressive Association in 1924, and the Australian Aborigines League in 1932.

William Cooper, founder of the Australian Aborigines League, petitioned the Crown for an Aboriginal voice to Parliament in 1935, laying the foundations for the Uluru Statement from the Heart. In 1938 one of the first civil rights demonstrations in the world was held in Sydney and would be known as the Day of Mourning. The Day of Mourning was held every year between 1940 and 1955, a week before Australia Day, and was known then as Aborigines Day, however it was moved to July in 1955 as both a protest against Australia Day and a celebration of Aboriginal cultures.

During the 1990s, NADOC was changed to NAIDOC, the National Aborigines’ and Islanders’ Day Observance Committee, to reflect and include Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and histories. It was also during this time that NAIDOC became a week of celebration of the rich histories and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

This year, the theme for NAIDOC Week is 'Get up! Stand Up! Show Up!' This theme recognises and pays tribute to the work of activists, change-makers and ordinary people who fought for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, as well as those who continue to fight for change. And there is so much still that needs to change. 

This NAIDOC week, take some time to learn about the struggles and systemic disadvantages faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Take some time too to listen to our stories, whether that's by watching a film like Charlie’s Country, or reading a book like Dark as Night  by Tony Birch. 

This NAIDOC Week, get up, stand up and show up – #PayTheRent, and walk with us as we continue the fight for our rights as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.  

Learn more: 

Lindsay McCabe
SUPRA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Officer

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Left to right: Alicia Johnson (PhD Candidate, Usyd), Amy Davidson (PhD Candidate, Usyd), Katie Moore (Policy Lab, Usyd), and Brieanna Watson (Master of Education, WSU).

Indigenous Knowledges Symposium 2022

On Friday 10 June SUPRA proudly presented the Indigenous Knowledges Symposium for 2022. There were four speakers: Alicia Johnson, Amy Davidson, Brieanna Watson and Katie Moore. These deadly presenters spoke about everything from the Baaka, to community participation, to teaching when you're the only Blackfulla in the classroom. This sold-out event was attended by people from across the University and the community, with special guest Aunty Kaye Price making the trip from Canberra to attend. I would like to thank all of the presenters for sharing their research and stories with us, and thank you too to all who attended. A special thank you to Jane Stanley, Director of the Gadigal Centre, for her support of this project. 

Lindsay McCabe
SUPRA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Officer
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Introducing SUPRA’s new Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Student Officer

Arash Araghi is SUPRA's first Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Student Officer. The HDR Student Officer is an equity position which provides academic, practical, and social support to HDR students, to help make the HDR journey as enjoyable as possible. You can read the HDR Student Officer Duty Statement on our website.


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SUPRA at Westmead and Nepean campuses 

Thank you to all the Westmead HDR students who attended our Westmead Wine & Cheese event last month! A SUPRA caseworker will be at Westmead campus on the last Wednesday of every month to provide casework assistance to Westmead postgrads. We’ve also been busy connecting with a new HDR student group at Nepean campus, NERDS, and have plans to launch Supervisor of the Year 2022 at Nepean campus.

Read more about how we're supporting postgrads at Westmead and Nepean campuses.

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Are you a casual or contract worker at the University?  

The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) will be taking staff demands to the first federal parliamentary sitting in July. Their focus will be on secure jobs, and they want university staff to go to Canberra with them to tell their stories.

Expressions of interest close 5pm, 8 July 2022. 

Find out more.

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Higher Degree by Research students and the 485 Visa 

The 485 visa allows international students to remain in Australia to get work experience. But there are some important factors to remember when applying for this visa as an HDR student.

Read the full article on our website.

SUPRA Legal Service can help you if you need advice about applying for a 485 or any other visa.

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Support for open access publishing at Usyd 

For 2022 the University is piloting six new ‘Read and Publish’ agreements that enable corresponding authors to publish articles in selected open access journals without paying individual Article Processing Charges (APCs).

Find all the details on our website.

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Looking for our Thesis Guide? It’s now the HDR Hub! 

We sometimes get requests for our Thesis Guide, a popular publication we made for many years, which, as the name suggests, was a guide to writing a thesis and researching at Usyd. In 2021 we put all our resources for HDR students in one place on our website: the HDR Hub. Find up-to-date information on all aspects of doing a research degree at Usyd, HDR-relevant news, and links to events and initiatives for HDR students.

Fun Fact

Did you know that World War 1 was largely responsible for the creation of Vegemite? Wartime and the post-war period caused disruption of the export of English Marmite to Australia. A local company, Fred Walker & Co, tasked food chemist Cyril Callister with creating a local version.

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The Learning Hub can support you in your candidature  
Find out more about upcoming Learning Hub workshops and services for HDR students.

Visualise Your Thesis competition – applications open now!
Visualise Your Thesis is an international competition that challenges graduate researchers to develop a 60-second presentation to summarise your research project.

Thanks to those who attended the HDR Industry & Innovation Seminar and Showcase
Highlights included a presentation by Professor Inger Mewburn and Q&A panels with industry reps, interns and supervisors. Organised by HDR students, SUPRA and Usyd – find more info.

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SUPRA acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora nation as the traditional owners of the land we work and study on.
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