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NAIDOC Week 2024

NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth.

NAIDOC Week from 7 To 14 July 2024


This year’s theme is, ‘Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud’

NAIDOC Week celebrates the unyielding spirit of our communities and invites all to stand in solidarity, amplifying the voices that have long been silenced. The fire represents the enduring strength and vitality of First Nations cultures, passed down through generations despite the challenges faced. It is a symbol of connection to the land, to each other, and to the rich tapestry of traditions that define Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As we honour this flame, we kindle the sparks of pride and unity, igniting a renewed commitment to acknowledging, preserving, and sharing the cultural heritage that enriches our nation. "Blak, Loud and Proud" encapsulates the unapologetic celebration of First Nations identity, empowering us to stand tall in our heritage and assert our place in the modern world.

This theme calls for a reclamation of narratives, an amplification of voices, and an unwavering commitment to justice and equality. It invites all Australians to listen, learn, and engage in meaningful dialogue, fostering a society where the wisdom and contributions of First Nations peoples are fully valued and respected.

The week is a great opportunity to learn about First Nations cultures, histories and participate in a range of activities to support the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

To commemorate NAIDOC Week, Council is hosting a series of activities to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Cumberland City.


Activities

1 July | 10am to 10:45am

Bush School - NAIDOC Week Storytime

For children aged 0 to 5 years and their families with activities that focus on exploration and learning about NAIDOC Week and a special Storytime.

8 July | 10:30am to 11:30am

Weaving at the Library

Join us to learn traditional Indigenous weaving methods in this fun workshop where you will create a beautiful creation to take home.

8 July | 2pm to 3pm

Ochre Daburi – (To Paint Ochre) Ochre and Symbol Storytelling

A NAIDOC Week celebration for children aged 5 to 12, where they can discover the colours and uses of ochre and it’s use and symbolism in traditional storytelling.

9 July | 10am to 12 noon

Damper Making Activity

Join us for a Damper Making activity and then sit back and enjoy your delicious creation with a tea or coffee.

9 July | 8:30am to 4:30pm

Tribal Warrior Cruise

Jump aboard the Mari Nawi (Big Canoe) and learn the traditional culture, history, and stories of one of the most beautiful harbours in the world.

12 July | 10:30 to 1:30pm

Weaving Workshop

Join us for a special NAIDOC Week Weaving Workshop where you can come and learn the art of traditional Aboriginal weaving techniques and connect to your community.

23 & 30 July | 10am to 12:30pm

Acknowledging and Celebrating First Nations of Australia: A Starting Point

A two part training course designed for early childhood educators and playgroup facilitators.

10 July | 10am to 2:30pm

NAIDOC Week Community Event

Held in Central Gardens, Merrylands. Details available soon.