Celebrate First Nations culture this NAIDOC week with some amazing online events
We invite you to help us celebrate NAIDOC Week 2020! Running from Sunday 8 to Sunday 15 November, this year’s theme is βAlways Was, Always Will Be‘.
Held each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, NAIDOC stands for βNational Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committeeβ. This year’s NAIDOC Week was postponed due to the impacts and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic across our communities and cities.
We’re thrilled to now bring you a series of online events that showcase the profound beauty and impact of First Nations culture.
NAIDOC Week livestream event: Tuesday 10 November
In collaboration with Federation Square in Melbourne, Deakin is hosting the βAlways Was: Always Will Beβ NAIDOC Week livestream event. Focusing on First Nations art and storytelling, it’s a celebration of Indigenous knowledge and cultures.
Join Deakin’s Tom Molyneux and Kiri Wicks as they stream live from Deakin Edge. Highlights include:
- new Aboriginal art in the making by artists Morgs and Thelma Beeton
- insightful panel discussions
- a Sand Talk by best-selling author Dr Tyson Yunkaporta
- a yarning session with Kent Morris (Chief Executive Officer of The Torch).
The winners of the Deakin Engagement and Access Program NAIDOC art competition will also be announced!
When: Tuesday 10 November, 10am β 2.30pm.
Register online, and view full program and guests.
This live online event will span 4.5 hours in total, but you can drop in at any point β all are welcome!
Guest conversations: all week
Several of DUSA’s clubs and societies have recorded conversations with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals who work for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations or with Indigenous people. They’ll share insights into their culture, the impact of their work and what NAIDOC Week means to them:
- Monday 9 November
Kiri Wicks β NIKERI Institute: in conversation with Fair Trade Vision Geelong
- Wednesday 11 November
Sarah Sheridan & Lena Charles β Clothing The Gap & Spark Health Australia: in conversation with Deakin Health Promotion Society
- Thursday 12 November
Lisa Joyce – BreastScreen Victoria: in conversation with Deakin Health Promotion Society
- Friday 13 November
Julie β Aboriginal Liaison Officer at Eastern Domestic Violence Services: in conversation with Deakin Health Promotion Society
- Sunday 15 November
Ben Russell β Indigenous Deakin student: in conversation with Deakin Networking and Entrepreneurship Society
These conversations are short and engaging with lots of valuable stories and advice, so don’t miss them! Once published, you can also access all of the conversations on any of the following DUSA Club Facebook pages:
- Deakin Health Promotion Society
- Deakin Networking and Entrepreneurship Society
- Fair Trade Vision Burwood
- Fair Trade Vision Geelong
- NOMAD – Deakin Rural Health Club.
NAIDOC Week raffle: all week
Running throughout the week is our phenomenal raffle, which includes artwork and products from small Indigenous-owned and -operated businesses! These prizes include items from Clothing The Gap, Yarli Creative and Jarin Street. All the proceeds will go to Spark Health Australia, an Aboriginal health promotion organisation that raises awareness and delivers initiatives to reduce the health inequities that Indigenous people face.
When: Raffle tickets are on sale from 8am, Sunday 8 November to 5pm, Sunday 15 November.
Tickets are only $5 and you can buy as many as you like!
We look forward to seeing you online during NAIDOC Week 2020!
Image: Artist β Morgs | Spear Tips, 2020. Acrylic on canvas.