Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! NAIDOC Week 2022

Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! Is the theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week.

The resilience of First Nations Peoples continues to be inspiring. We are fortunate to have worked with many First Nations Peoples over the past year, reaffirming our relationships with and continuing our support for First Nations Peoples, their knowledge and their Country. .

Leanne Watson, Darug custodian, educator and artist and Jacob Nash (Daly River descendant) collaborated with our Interpretation and Design team to create Badu Baraya (Water Song), a wall sculpture at 6 & 8 Parramatta Square, on behalf of the Walker Corporation. Learn more about that here.

GML’s Leah Hunt, Jadawadjali Gunditjmara Wemba Wemba Wergaia Ngargad Bindjali, shared a moving account about their contribution to the Emu Sky Exhibition. Their immersive narrative teaches us about the important role of memory, and storytelling within the First Nations Community and the continuance of knowledge through oral traditions, and remind us of the strength of Aboriginal Country, and the connection between Country and First Nations People, in spite of invasion and colonisation.

The First Nations Speaker Series (a collaboration with the Australian National University and Sydney Living Museums) is really about people getting up, standing up, showing up and speaking out. The Series has reached thousands of people, and our First Nations guest speakers have helped us better understand what true and meaningful platform looks like with practical support for genuine inclusion of:

  • Cultural responsibilities and repatriation in the Torres Strait;
  • Archaeology, First Nations community engagement and public art in Sydney;
  • Designing on and with Country;
  • Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP); and
  • Multidisciplinary practice-led research in the Northern Territory.

Join our next Speaker, Prof Heidi Norman on 6 July 2022 who will present ‘Advancing Aboriginal Led Approaches to Enterprise and Economic Development in NSW’. Book your ticket to join online or in person at The Museum of Sydney.

At GML we are committed to shaping the future for heritage for all communities. We advocate for social and cultural justice, reconciliation, and support the Uluru Statement from the Heart. GML continues to strengthen and build relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, by providing a platform to achieve better recognition for their histories, cultures and futures, this is one of the key reasons we always Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!