Workshop: Always Was, Always Will Be

In this special NAIDOC Week lecture, Professor John Maynard reflects upon the longevity of Aboriginal connection to the Australian continent.

Western science has pushed the Aboriginal presence back a staggering 65,000 years, recognising that Aboriginal people carry the longest cultural memory known to humankind. But from an Aboriginal perspective, we have always been here. We were here in the time before time began, we came directly out of the Dreamtime of the Creative Ancestors and our people lived and kept the earth as it was on the very first day.

Video: John Maynard's NAIDOC - Always Was, Always Will Be Workshop

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.