Archie Roach headlines NAIDOC event
ACCLAIMED Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist Archie Roach will headline NAIDOC celebrations at Southern Cross University tomorrow at the Coffs Harbour campus as part of the uni's annual NAIDOC Family Days.
Archie Roach's career has spanned three decades, with his work recognised locally and internationally in mainstream and indigenous circles.
His latest album, Into The Bloodstream, released in 2012, came after the singer faced unimaginable challenges, including a stroke, lung cancer and the loss of his partner in life and music, Ruby Hunter.
The SCU NAIDOC Family Days, which also include Lismore (Thursday) and Gold Coast (Friday) campuses, will feature music, bush tucker, face painting, arts and crafts, information stalls and more. The activities start at 10am and continue until 2pm.
Each year Southern Cross University's Indigenous Events Co-ordinating Committee (SCUIECC) - a reconciliation-in-action collaboration of indigenous and non-indigenous staff, students and community members - organises the three days of activities.
"It is a great honour to have Archie Roach perform at all three locations. It will be a great day for indigenous and non-indigenous people to celebrate NAIDOC," said SCUIECC chair Vivienne Roberts.
NAIDOC celebrations are held around in Australia each July to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and are an opportunity to recognise the contributions that indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.
This year's theme is Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond, in honour of all the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have fought in defence of country.