NAIDOC stands for National Aboriginies and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.
NAIDOC is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions of Indigenous Australians in various fields.
Activities take place across the nation during NAIDOC Week in the first full week of July.
|Kadoo by Natalie Bateman|
This collection of paintings is about Natalie’s connection to her grandmother’s country on the far South Coast of NSW and understanding the importance of returning to this place. They are about Natalie’s connection to country and are a way to honor her Nan, Murial Stewart as a remarkable proud, strong Aboriginal Woman that belongs to the Yuin Tribe of the South Coast.
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|Dharawal Language Workshop|
Monday 4 July, 3 - 3.30pm
This workshop is designed for primary school aged children 6-12 years.
Join us for this special NAIDOC and School Holiday opportunity to learn a variety of words, sayings and songs in Dharawal language. This session will be hosted by cultural educators from the Gujaga Foundation.
The Tracker Film Screening
When a white woman is murdered in 1920s Australia, a police officer (Gary Sweet) ventures into the outback with a small crew in search of the Aboriginal fugitive (Noel Wilton) accused of the crime. In his group are a newcomer to the country (Damon Gameau), an old sage (Grant Page) and an Indigenous tracker (David Gulpilil, NAIDOC Lifetime Achievement Winner) who is not fully trusted by the racially prejudiced officer. As the pursuit through this dangerous territory drags on, tensions begin to rise between the crew members.
NAIDOC at Centennial Parklands
Join our special NAIDOC event as we celebrate history, culture, and achievements of our First Nations peoples. Witness an immersive smoking ceremony and welcome, storytelling and dance performances by Warada Dance Group and Brolgas Dance Company. At the closing of the event, join our Education Rangers on a guided spotlight tour of Lachlan Swamp or have a yarn around the campfire.
I Liked It...But
Naarm-based Joel Bray is a proud Wiradjuri dancer and performance-maker who performed with European companies and choreographers and with Chunky Move.
The Nib Presents: Ellen Van Neerven in conversation with Luke Patterson
Bondi Aboriginal Walking Tour with Walangari Karntawarra
Join Walangari Karntawarra for an Aboriginal walking tour around Bondi’s coastline. See some of our most famous locations and learn about how the First Peoples utilised the areas bountiful resources and the fascinating history of the area. The walk is a gentle, one and half hour, downhill journey, stopping at points of interest along the way.
|Indigenous Music Appreciation Class |
Friday 29 July, 3.30-4.30pm
The Music Appreciation Class will be celebrating Indigenous music and culture. Our qualified musicologist, who has training from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, will be giving an informative talk about Indigenous culture, music, and rights.