First Nations celebrated at NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week is being held from 8 to 15 November and it’s a time to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The 2020 National NAIDOC Poster, Shape of Land*

This year’s theme is ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’, recognising that First Nations peoples have occupied and cared for this continent for more than 65,000 years.

Staff are encouraged to attend events throughout the week and celebrate the achievements of First Nations peoples, who have played a pivotal role in managing our landscapes for thousands of years.

For DEW, NAIDOC week will see a significant partnership achieved, with the official signing of the Innes National Park co-management agreement with the Narungga Nations.

A public event will be held on Saturday 14 November to celebrate the 50th year anniversary of the park and the unveiling of its new name, Dhilba Guuranda Innes National Park. The event will include free park entry, open day tours, activities and food.

The agency will also again be sponsoring the NAIDOC SA ‘Care for Country’ award. The awards will be presented at the City of Adelaide Lord Mayor’s NAIDOC Morning Tea and NAIDOC SA Awards ceremony on Monday 9 November.

Unfortunately due to COVID-19 restrictions, this event is strictly invitation only with limited numbers. The awards ceremony will be broadcast live on Facebook at 10 am.

Other events on the cards for NAIDOC week are:

Learn more about Aboriginal history

For staff wanting to understand more about this year’s NAIDOC theme, ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’, the First Nations Partnerships and Reconciliation Unit will be running an MS Teams ‘Understanding Racism’ Training session on 10 November from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm.

Staff can book via the iShare corporate training calendar (internal access only).

Uluru Statement from the Heart

Live stream this thought-provoking Institute of Public Administration Australia event to better understand the Uluru Statement from the Heart by listening to a diverse range of speakers.

View on 10 November, 10 am-12:30 pm, free for SA Government employees. Face-to-face, individual, and group bookings for this event have been booked out. You can still access this event virtually by registering online.

Indigenous Desert Alliance Conference 2020

The free annual conference focuses on maximising networking opportunities for Indigenous desert rangers with an interactive program including workshops, tours, engaging conference sessions and stalls.

This year it will be held virtually. Register on the website.

Cultural fun day at Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park

DEW is hosting a cultural fun day at the Wilpena Homestead on Tuesday 10 November, including a free barbeque and a range of cultural activities from painting workshops to games, and cooking.

Join in the NAIDOC festivities at Clare

A free action-packed family day of Ngadjuri activities will be held on Saturday 21 November, 10 am – 4 pm, at the Clare Showgrounds.

Bring the family along for the day and enjoy the festival atmosphere with food, music, dancing and stalls. Tickets are essential due to COVID-19 and can be booked on Eventbrite.

Ceduna photographic exhibition

The Alinytjara Wiluṟara Landscape Board is hosting a photographic and regional insight exhibition at the Foreshore Hotel in Ceduna during NAIDOC week.

SA Museum honours Aboriginal women

Get along to the SA Museum and celebrate the diverse and often unheralded leadership of Aboriginal women in our community.

The ‘Women’s Work’ exhibition by renowned photographer Wayne Quilliam, runs from 6 November – 6 December, 10 am – 5 pm in the main foyer, free entry.

Tour the Art Gallery’s Aboriginal art collection

Celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by taking a tour of the Art Gallery during NAIDOC week.

Unfortunately due to COVID-19, the annual NAIDOC Fun Day and NAIDOC March, will not be going ahead this year.

*The 2020 National NAIDOC Poster, Shape of Land, was designed by Tyrown Waigana, a Noongar and Saibai Islander man. Tyrown’s artwork tells the story of how the Rainbow Serpent came out of the Dreamtime to create this land. It is represented by the snake and it forms the shape of Australia, which symbolises how it created our lands. The colour from the Rainbow Serpent is reflected on to the figure to display our connection to the Rainbow Serpent, thus our connection to country. The overlapping colours on the outside is the Dreamtime. The figure inside the shape of Australia is a representation of Indigenous Australians showing that this country – since the dawn of time – Always Was, Always Will Be Aboriginal Land