Indigenous events

Indigenous events

We have a busy and exciting events calendar packed full of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander- related celebrations, commemorations and observances.


Thursday 14 January

Enrolment session 1

Friday 15 January

Alternate entry testing

Tuesday 26 January

Australia Day/ Survival Day/ Invasion day


Tuesday 9 February

Enrolment session 2

Thursday 11 February

Walanga Muru's orientation for new students

Saturday 13 February

National Apology


Thursday 17 March

National Close the Gap day

Monday 21 March

Harmony day


Thursday 26 May

National Sorry day

Thursday 26 May - Sunday 10 July

Guringai Festival

Friday 27 May

Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum

Friday 27 May - Friday 3rd June

Reconciliation Week


Friday 3 June

Mabo day


Friday 1 July

Coming of the Light

Sunday 3 - Sunday 10 July



Thursday 4 August

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's day

Tuesday 9 August

International Day of the World's Indigenous People


Wednesday 7 September

Indigenous Literacy day

Wednesday 7 September

Patyegarang Oration

The annual National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games involves various universities across Australia. The games are an opportunity for Indigenous university students to participate in sporting events each year. Students have the opportunity to compete at a national level in mixed sports, some of which include basketball, netball, volleyball, futsal, touch football, and an Indigenous cultural game.

In 2015, two Macquarie teams attended the games at the University of Newcastle. There were 29 teams and 420 Indigenous students who attended from all over Australia. The teams competed in basketball, touch, netball and volleyball.

The games are always filled with fun and banter across all teams. On the court and field, our teams show great sportsmanship, teamwork, and lots of humour. Each evening usually involves a planned social event, which is consumed of chatter, dancing and lots of laughter. By the end of the week, your Facebook friends have grown in number and you have a lifetime of memories to look back on.

The annual event is a wonderful opportunity to get social, get sporty and get inspired by fellow Indigenous university students. It's a week of community, pride in culture, and athleticism.

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