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.

Meet the panel

Uncle Bobby Nicholls

Uncle Bobby is a proud Yorta Yorta, Dja Dja Wurrung, and Wadjabalok man, a community Elder, and the nephew of Sir Douglas Nicholls. Uncle Bobby was a Director of VACCA (The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency) for 10 years.

Aunty Zeta Briggs Thomson

Aunty Zeta is a proud Yorta Yorta and Wurundjeri woman, a community Elder, and has been an advocate for her people all her life. She was the first Victorian Aboriginal painter to have work exhibited at Melbourne Museum's Bunjilaka Gallery, at a time when the Yorta Yorta land rights claim was going through the courts.

Caroline Kell

Caroline is a proud descendant of the Mbarbrum peoples in Far North Queensland. Born and raised on Kulin Country. Caroline is the Executive Director of Research & Policy at the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.

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.

NAIDOC Week 2020 artwork: Lead the way - by Jamil Tye.