NAIDOC Week

Boomerang by Uncle Bob Kelly 

Always Was, Always Will Be

Australia celebrates NAIDOC week 8 - 15 November.

The theme this year is Always Was, Always Will Be which recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for more than 65,000 years.

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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. Through ingenious land management systems like fire stick farming we transformed the harshest habitable continent into a land of bounty.

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.

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

It’s about seeing, hearing and learning the First Nations’ 65,000+ year history of this country - which is Australian history. We want all Australians to celebrate the oldest continuing cultures on the planet and to recognise our sovereignty was never ceded.

Always Was, Always Will Be.

Download: NAIDOC Week Information and Activity Pack(PDF, 2MB)

Other NAIDOC Week Resources

Museums Victoria
National Indigenous TV
Victorian NAIDOC Committee
SBS Teacher Resources
SBS Media Release
Melbourne Indigenous Radio Station
Federation Square Events
National Gallery of Victoria - Under 5s NAIDOC Week