NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July, to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
Due to the impacts and uncertainty from the escalating COVID-19 pandemic across our communities and cities, the decision was made by the National NAIDOC Committee (NNC) to postpone NAIDOC Week from the original July dates to 8-15 November, 2020.
At Monash, we will celebrate NAIDOC Week twice. First, on 10 July - to acknowledge the traditional dates of NAIDOC Week - and again in November, with the rest of the nation.
Always Was, Always Will Be.
This year, the NAIDOC Week theme is Always Was, Always Will Be.
Always Was, Always Will Be. recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.
Events for NAIDOC Week 2020
Understanding our land from a cultural perspective, with Adam Magennis
Date: Thursday, 12 November
Event registration: Register via Zoom.
In collaboration with the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment (EAE), the William Cooper Institute is honoured to host a NAIDOC presentation with the distinguished Adam Magennis.
Adam is from the Boon Wurrung Language Group, and he is undertaking a PhD in archaeology at La Trobe University.
He'll share his perspective on topics relating to the school of EAE, including significant land sites and how we can think more broadly about the environment we work in, what it means to be a steward of the land, and cultural archaeology.
Bricky B takeover for NAIDOC at Monash
Spoken word event
Date: Friday, 13 November
Event information: Find out more about the spoken word event with Bricky B.
We're delighted to invite you to join us for a live performance by Aboriginal hip-hop and spoken word artist Brady Jones (Bricky B).
This special performance will showcase Bricky B’s craft as a reflection of his reality, and the struggles of his people and our communities.
A virtual panel discussion
Held on Friday 10 July, this panel discussion featured Uncle Bobby Nicholls, Aunty Zeta Briggs Thomson and Caroline Kell.
NAIDOC Week 2020 artwork: Lead the way - by Jamil Tye.