NAIDOC Week 2023

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Mornington Peninsula Shire is proud to join the rest of the nation in celebrating NAIDOC Week (2 – 9 July).

National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year, to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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

This year’s theme is For Our Elders.

Across every generation, our Elders have played, and continue to play, an important role and hold a prominent place in our communities and families. 
They are cultural knowledge holders, trailblazers, nurturers, advocates, teachers, survivors, leaders, hard workers and our loved ones. 
Our loved ones who pick us up in our low moments and celebrate us in our high ones. Who cook us a feed to comfort us and pull us into line, when we need them too.  
They guide our generations and pave the way for us to take the paths we can take today. Guidance, not only through generations of advocacy and activism, but in everyday life and how to place ourselves in the world.  

We draw strength from their knowledge and experience, in everything from land management, cultural knowledge to justice and human rights. Across multiple sectors like health, education, the arts, politics and everything in between, they have set the many courses we follow. 
The struggles of our Elders help to move us forward today. The equality we continue to fight for is found in their fight. Their tenacity and strength has carried the survival of our people. 

It is their influence and through their learnings that we must ensure that when it comes to future decision making for our people, there is nothing about us - without us. 

We pay our respects to the Elders we’ve lost and to those who continue fighting for us across all our Nations and we pay homage to them. 

Please join us at the following events throughout NAIDOC Week on the Mornington Peninsula:


Story time
Join us at the library for a NAIDOC Week Storytime to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture during NAIDOC week. Recommended for ages 3-8.
4 July, 11am at Mornington Library. Free, bookings essential

NAIDOC Week Story Time

Art exhibition
Visit the Mornington Library to see an exhibition of Indigenous art curated from the Civic Collection.Free, 3 – 31 July

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

Layers of Blak
Bringing beauty to an ugly and brutal history, 11 Victorian First Nations Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and designers, have wrestled with colonial history to present their stories, layered with meaning – of healing, resilience, collaboration and empowerment. This is powerful storytelling through exquisite contemporary jewellery. Presented by Koori Heritage Trust.

Now showing at MPRG until until 3 September, free

Layers of Blak - Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery


Art making workshop with Sammy Trist
Working with natural Indigenous materials ochre and gum leaves, Sammy will help you explore your own connection to nature and show you how to create your own meaningful token of Country.
6 July, 11am at MPRG. Cost: $15

School Holiday Workshop

The Briars

Guided walk and meditation
Join a guided walk of the Wildlife Sanctuary and Yidaki-led meditation with Living Culture Ltd.
The Briars, 9 July. Cost: $46.50 adult, $36.50 concession/child

Walk on Country and Yidaki Led Meditation

To learn more about our Reconciliation Action Plan, go to:



Other NAIDOC Week Resources

Museums Victoria
National Indigenous TV
Melbourne Indigenous Radio Station
Local NAIDOC Week Events