NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) celebrations are held across Australia in July of each year to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the richness of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.

Camden NAIDOC Celebrations 2020

National NAIDOC Week 2020 is being celebrated from 8 – 15 November. This year’s theme for NAIDOC is “Always Was, Always Will Be.” Recognising that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.

To acknowledge and celebrate NAIDOC Council will run a series of videos on social media as well as holding themed displays at the Library, Civic Centre and Alan Baker Art Gallery, items include:

  • Virtual Flag Raising and Mayor’s message

  • Glenda Chalker – Virtual Welcome to Country

  • Camden Libraries presents NAIDOC Week Storytime

  • Jo Tanginoa – Dharawal language segment

  • Children’s Acknowledgement to Country with Binyang the Bookasauraus

  • Hamani Tanginoa – A young persons perspective on NAIDOC

  • Library display of Aboriginal books and resources
  • Alan Baker Art Gallery Hitching Post with 2020 NAIDOC Week design
  • Online exhibition of local Aboriginal artists - visual arts and poetry
  • Mates Puzzles  mural display at Civic Centre



Here are some ways your community, school or office can celebrate NAIDOC:

  • Have a flag raising ceremony
  • Display Indigenous posters around your classroom
  • Invite local Indigenous elders to speak at your school
  • Listen to Indigenous music
  • Study a famous Indigenous Australian
  • Find out about the traditional Indigenous owners of your area
  • Study Aboriginal arts and crafts
  • Read a Dreamtime story
  • Start your own Indigenous Hall of Fame featuring any local role models and achievers
  • Visit Indigenous websites on the Internet
  • Make your own Indigenous trivia quiz
  • Visit local Indigenous sites of significance or interest
  • Learn the meanings of local or national Aboriginal place names

For further information or to be involved in NAIDOC Week Celebrations contact Camden Council's Community Project Officer, Aboriginal Communities on 4645 5084 or via email.

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