NAIDOC Week Symposium

Yarning About First Nations Research: NAIDOC Week 2023 Symposium

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 9am-4.30pm
Curtin University, Bentley Campus - Building 500 Exhibition Space (Level 1)

About the Symposium

The 2023 theme for National Aboriginal & Islander Week (NAIDOC) is For Our Elders. Hosted by the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) and Centre for Aboriginal Studies (CAS) at Curtin University, the ‘Yarning About First Nations Research Symposium’ is a special event created to feature and share the work of Curtin University’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academics and students.

Welcoming Elders into presentations and yarning circles focusing on research, governance, consensus, and community cohesion, this forum will highlight the important role Elders have in current research practice.

We can all draw strength from their knowledge and experience in everything from land management and cultural knowledge to justice and human rights. Across multiple sectors like health, education, the arts, politics, and everything in between, they have set the many paths First Nations peoples follow in this country.

Elders are the ones who hold onto culture and lore. They are the most important aspect of healing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. They have the enormous task of maintaining and passing on traditional knowledge, values, and customary practices. They help communities find balance while navigating two different worlds. It is their influence and through their learnings that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities ensure that future decision making is nothing about us – without us.


To register, simply send an email to

You will receive further information, including a map and parking instructions, shortly after registration.

Symposium program

Download the symposium program here

Information for attendees

Location - Building 500 (Resources and Chemistry Precinct), Ground Floor Exhibition Space, Curtin University Bentley campus. Access is via Curtin University’s South Entrance, off Manning Road.

Parking - We recommend registering for the CellOPark electronic payment system before the symposium. Click here for instructions.

Access - There are disabled parking bays in Parking Area PM2 and PM3, and there are multiple accessible ground floor building entrances to Building 500. Staff will be on the ground to direct you on the day. There will also be signage/banners to guide you from the carpark to the event.