Oorala News and Events
The Oorala Aboriginal Centre hosts events during the year for students and the community including seminars, workshops, morning teas and celebrations.
Myall Creek and Beyond
Each year hundreds of people from across the country gather to commemorate the unprovoked massacre of 28 Wirrayaraay women, children and old men by a group of stockmen on Myall Creek Station in 1838. This year marks the 180th anniversary of this horrific event.
Although there were many other massacres of Indigenous people that occurred during the Frontier Wars across Australia, this one had special significance because it was the only time when white men were, arrested, charged and hung for the massacre of Aborigines, following a police investigation.
Myall Creek Memorial 180th anniversary program:
- Friday 8 June: a Myall Creek and Beyond one-day symposium at the Oorala Aboriginal Centre at the University of New England exploring the historical, legal and cultural significance of the massacre;
- Friday 8 June: the opening of the contemporary art exhibition Myall Creek and beyond and an exhibition by Inverell based artist Colin Isaacs at NERAM in Armidale;
- Sunday 10 June: the Oorala to Myall Creek bus for members of the local Aboriginal Community, UNE students and staff to attend the memorial event.
- Sunday 10 June: the 180th anniversary memorial event at the Myall Creek Memorial near the site of the massacre (near Bingara).
Naidoc Week 2018
Sunday 8 July to Sunday 15 July
Because of her, We can!
NAIDOC Week 2018 will celebrate the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make - to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation.
As pillars of our society, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play - active and significant roles at the community, local, state and national levels.
Join us for the UNE Celebrations, and opening ceremony, an Elders Luncheon and a student BBQ.
Graduation April 2018
We are proud of our 44 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, including ten completing Post Graduate studies, who are graduating at this Autumn Graduation Ceremony. More than half these graduates completed their studies through the School of Education and the School of Health with twelve graduates each. Read more
Frank Archibald Memorial Lecture
The Frank Archibald Memorial Lecture is an annual event held in honour of Mr Frank Archibald, a revered Aboriginal community member of the Armidale area. Frank Archibald was renowned for his knowledge and interest in all issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly education.
The Frank Archibald Memorial Lecture has been held as part of the University of New England’s Lecture Series since 1986 and is dedicated to Frank Archibald, his family and Aboriginal people of the New England region. The Lecture is presented by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander speakers who are leading professionals in fields such as education, law, social justice, government and the arts.
Celebrating 30 Years
World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE)
In July 2017 the University of New England, Oorala Aboriginal Centre funded 14 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, 4 staff and 5 UNE other researchers to attend World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) in Toronto, Canada.
UNE Aboriginal students and researchers had the opportunity to choose from over 800 presentations over five days focusing on the conference theme of Truth and Reconciliation. Mr Greg Davison, Director of the Oorala Centre, presented a paper on the implementation of a student engagement system tailored to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students that provided timely culturally-appropriate support. read more
Join our community
Oorala holds a number of community engagement events throughout the year. If you, or your organisation, would like to be included on our invitation lists for upcoming events please contact us.