Celebrating International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples - 9th August 2021

Each year, the 9th of August commemorates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. It is a global celebration of the protection of the rights of the world’s Indigenous population, as it marks the date of the inaugural session in 1982 of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations. In 2021, the theme is “Leaving no one behind: Indigenous peoples and the call for a new social contract”. Western Sydney University will be commemorating the day with a number of virtual events and initiatives. See below for more details:


You are invited to access Western Sydney University’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples Library Guide which highlights publications authored by Western’s Indigenous scholars across the past 12 months.


Join the virtual yarning and reflection session from 1-2pm on the 9th of August with Allan McKenzie – a proud Wiradjuri Gamilaroi man, artist, and advocate. See the staff e-update or Yammer for Zoom ID details.


Indigenous students and staff are invited to upload an image to introduce their Indigenous role model and text (50-100 words) explaining why they are a role model on Badanami Facebook and/or westsydu_badanami Instagram using #Badanami on the 9th of August. Each person who uploads will go into a random draw and have the chance to win a $100 gift voucher.


To learn more about the World Indigenous People’s Day and the United Nations commitments, visit https://www.un.org/en/observances/indigenous-day


9 August 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EDT
(9 August 11:00pm - Tuesday 10 August 1:00am AEST)
2021 Virtual Commemoration
The 2021 commemoration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples will feature an interactive discussion with two speakers on the distinct elements to be considered when building and redesigning a new social contract that is inclusive of indigenous peoples – where indigenous peoples’ own forms of governance and ways of life must be respected and based on their free, prior and informed consent and genuine and inclusive participation and partnership.
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