Close The Gap Lismore campus Throughout the year, the University and the wider community joins together to observe significant national Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander cultural events.

These events at Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast and Lismore campuses are opportunities to learn about and engage with Indigenous cultural and knowledge.

This year's events are listed below.

Anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generations
13 February
The Apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples was delivered by then Prime Minister Rudd on this day in 2008. It acknowledged, in particular, the Stolen Generations.

Close The Gap Day
16 March
Close The Gap Day raises awareness of disadvantage experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in relation to early childhood, schooling, health, economic participation, safe communities, governance and leadership.

Coffs Harbour campus
Venue: D Block Lecture Theatre
10:00am: Welcome To Country
10:30am: Morning Tea
Julie Perkins - Regional Manager, Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT), NSW North
Barry Williams - Senior Land Services Officer, Aboriginal Communities, North Coast Local Land Services
Daniel Carraige - AIME Program Manager, Southern Cross University
Rod Williams - facilitator, Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples
1:00pm: Free Lunch

PDF Close the Gap flyer Coffs Harbour campus

Gold Coast campus
Venue: Building A, Room A1.29
10:00am: Morning Tea
12:00 midday: Closing The Gap 2016 summary and video of Prime Minister's address to Parliament.
Yarning Circle - traditional Aboriginal conversation circle where stories and knowledge can be shared in a relaxed and caring space.
BBQ lunch in the quadrangle (including bush tucker food tasting).

PDF Close the Gap flyer Gold Coast campus

Lismore campus
Venue: H Block, H1.01 lecture Theatre
Aunty Irene Harrington Welcome To Country
Gerg Telford - CEO, Rekindling The Spirit - "Taking Care of You to Take Care of Others" and "Our Spiritual Health".
Dr Liz Rix - Lecturer, researcher and registered nurse, Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples. "Indigenous Health - Exploring improvement to mainstream health services for Aboriginal people".
12:00midday: Free Lunch in Bundjalung Square, outside H Block

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National Sorry Day
26 May
The Bringing Them Home Report, which detailed the painful practice of forced removal of Indigenous children from their families, was tabled in Federal Parliament on this day. The Report made recommendations in relation to the Stolen Generations including that, through a formal apology, governments of the day should say sorry to those who suffered under these policies. The report also recommended there be an annual national Sorry Day.

On 26 May each year, the University commemorates National Sorry Day, a day on which Australians express regret for the historical mistreatment of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people.

National Reconciliation Week
27 May - 3 June

National Reconciliation Week is an opportunity to join together in the national reconciliation effort and to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements.

18 - 20 July
NAIDOC is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to recognise their contributions to our country and society. All staff and students are encouraged to participate in the NAIDOC celebrations at each of the campuses, to take up this opportunity to learn from the world's oldest continuing culture.

Southern Cross University's Indigenous Events Coordinating Committee (SCUIECC) invites staff, students and the wider community to be part of our NAIDOC Celebrations.