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.

We are spiritually and culturally connected to this country. This country was criss-crossed by generations of brilliant Nations.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were Australia’s first explorers, first navigators, first engineers, first farmers, first botanists, first scientists, first diplomats, first astronomers and first artists.

Australia has the world’s oldest oral stories. The First Peoples engraved the world’s first maps, made the earliest paintings of ceremony and invented unique technologies. We built and engineered structures - structures on Earth - predating well-known sites such as the Egyptian Pyramids and Stonehenge.

Our adaptation and intimate knowledge of Country enabled us to endure climate change, catastrophic droughts and rising sea levels.

Always Was, Always Will Be. acknowledges that hundreds of Nations and our cultures covered this continent. All were managing the land - the biggest estate on earth - to sustainably provide for their future.

NAIDOC Week 2020 acknowledges and celebrates that our nation’s story didn’t begin with documented European contact whether in 1770 or 1606 - with the arrival of the Dutch on the western coast of the Cape York Peninsula.

The very first footprints on this continent were those belonging to First Nations peoples. For us, this nation’s story began at the dawn of time.

NAIDOC 2020 invites all Australians to embrace the true history of this country – a history which dates back thousands of generations.

Always Was, Always Will Be.

Events for NAIDOC Week 2020

Understanding our land from a cultural perspective, with Adam Magennis

: Thursday, 12 November
Time: 11.30am-12.30pm

Event registrationRegister 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
Time: 4-4.45pm
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.