Indigenous Events 2020


R U OK Day Yarn & Weave Session

Thursday 10th September (RESCHEDULED)


Under Bunjil Writing Workshops

This semester we hosted two writing workshops for Indigenous students to come along and discuss ideas about potential Under Bunjil contributions! With submissions for Volume 8 open from Week 1, this was a great opportunity for people to ask questions and go through drafts with the team one-on-one.


Steph Tisdell ‘Identity Steft’ Comedy Night

Saturday 12th September

UMSU Indigenous gave away 15 tickets for First Nations students to see Steph Tisdell’s virtual comedy show ‘Identity Steft‘. Steph is a Ydinji woman who loves to share her experiences and what her culture means to her. In this award-winning comedy show, Steph delved into issues of identity, what ‘sorry day’ really means from an Aboriginal perspective, and discusses the merits of white guilt vs overt racism.


National Science Week

Mibu Fisher presents Marine Science: Indigenous pathways and perspectives 

Thursday 20th August

To celebrate National Science Week, we were lucky enough to chat with Quandamooka woman and CSIRO Marine Ethnoecologist Mibu Fischer. In line with this year’s theme ‘Deep Blue: innovations for the future of our oceans’, Mibu discussed her journey and Indigenous science – including marine specialties, marginalised voices, sustainability, and how Indigenous scientists are trying to create change in Australian communities and globally.


First Nations & POC in Media Collective

Friday 7th August

To kick off semester 2, we hosted the first session of the First Nations & POC in Media Collective! The week’s discussion was ‘Have You Been Paying Attention’; a fun quiz to go over some of the world’s top news stories that occurred over the winter break.




Friday 15th May

To keep students engaged during lockdown and to check-in and see how everyone was going, we hosted a trivia evening via zoom for Indigenous students. This was a fun evening of general knowledge, Indigenous, movies, meme references, and history questions!


Move It May

1st-31st May

During the month of May, we encouraged everyone to care for their bodies and minds, be that by trying to reach 10,000 steps a day, practicing yoga, completing aerobic exercises, swimming, or meditating!


Bad ‘n’ Boujee 

Tuesday 10th March

To link our new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with the older cohort, we hosted a Welcome Back celebration at the Prince Alfred Hotel in Week 2! With food and drinks provided, we ran some fun activities that allowed everyone to get to know each other in an energetic atmosphere.


International Women’s Day 

Monday 9th March

At the beginning of Semester 1, we co-hosted an International Women’s Day event with the Women’s and POC Departments. We were lucky to have Celeste Liddle, a proud Arrernte woman, come along to The Univesity of Melbourne to discuss Feminism and Indigeneity. With input from our audience, Celeste discussed intersectionality, feminism, union work, and the climate crisis.

Left to Right: Hope Kuchel, Jessica Ferrari, Celeste Liddle, and Shanysa McConville 



Wednesday 26th February 

At the University of Melbourne’s Carnival Day, UMSU Indigenous ran a small stall on South Lawn. We helped raise money for Bushfire Relief, distributed Editions 4, 5 and 6 of Under Bunjil, our all-Indigenous student-led publication, ran face-painting, and promoted our International Women’s Day event.

Indigenous Officers Hope Kuchel and Shanysa McConville. Photo by Ben Levy.