NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee) Week is an Australian observance lasting from the first Sunday in July until the following Sunday. NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The week is celebrated not just in the Indigenous communities but also in increasing numbers of government agencies, schools, local councils and workplaces. For 2018, NAIDOC WEEK will run from 8 – 15 July. Shepparton will celebrate NAIDOC Week 2018 with many local events.
Local community celebrations are held across Australia to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Click here for links to Victorian celebrations throughout the week.
The annual Flag Raising Ceremony officially marks the beginning of Vic NAIDOC Week. It brings members of the community together to publicly commemorate the importance of Vic NAIDOC week. The event honours connection to culture, country, and language of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with a Smoking Ceremony, Welcome to Country and a moment of silence for our people who have gone before us.
The Annual Flag Raising Ceremony will take place in Melbourne at the Federation Square on Monday 2nd July 2018 from 9:30 – 11:00AM.
The 2018 NAIDOC March will be held on Friday 6th July. This year we are starting at 11:45am with a pre-march festival and the march set to start at 11:45am at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) 186 Nicholson Street Fitzroy. We expect to finish at Federation Square between 1:30pm and 2:00pm. We welcome all people, councils, organisations and businesses to come and march with us. You are welcome to attend for the pre-march festival from 9am for food, juice, coffee, banner making, face painting, musical entertainment and Indigenous stall holders. The March will commence at 11:45am from Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) and conclude at Federation Square.
NAIDOC Week Events in Shepparton
The theme of this year’s NAIDOC WEEK is Because of Her, we can!
Monday July 9, 8am to 10am Rumbalara Breakfast & Flag Raising Ceremony, 20 Rumbalara Road, Mooroopna.
Monday July 9, 10:30am – 11:30am Launch of Naidoc Week Art Exhibition, Shepparton Library, 41 Marungi Street. Exhibition of Art by local indigenous artists. Exhibits will remain in the library for the month of July. Download a Flyer for this event.
Monday July 9, 12pm-2pm Elders Luncheon, Elders Facility, 95 Ford Road, Shepparton.
Monday, July 9, 4:30pm -5:45pm Professional Development: Her Place, Honouring Indigenous Women, A session for primary and secondary teachers, parents, carers and interested community members. Register online at Eventbrite for this session (Free)
Monday, July 9, 6pm-8pm Opening of the Her Place: Honouring Indigenous Women Exhibition; Register online at Eventbrite
Tuesday, 10 July ‘Because of Her, We Can’ – NAIDOC Community Lunch at the Connection. SOLD OUT
The University of Melbourne, Department of Rural Health, Primary Care Connect and Murray PHN invites you, the members of the community to celebrate, share stories and a performance from our Aboriginal community. This is a free community event and lunch will be provided. SOLD OUT
Wednesday, July 11 9:30am to 2pm Youth Day at Dharnya Family Day, Dharnya Centre Barmah (pickups in Shepparton & Mooroopna).
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 – 11:00 to 15:00 Bangerang Cultural Center NAIDOC Event
The Bangerang Cultural Center will open the doors to this amazing museum that’s on the brink of closing with the whole community behind us let’s show government that this museum is a wonderful place. The day will be a day of celebration dance performances, kids activities, elders tent , and coming together to share our history and culture. Location: 1 Evergreen Way, Shepparton, 3630
Thursday, July 12, 10am to 2pm Family Fun Day, 20 Rumbalara Rd, Mooroopna (*Please register by phoning Jaime or Hope 5920 0000)
Friday, July 13, 9:30am to 12 noon Tree Planting, Bangerang Cultural Centre, 1 Evergreen Way, Shepparton, 3630
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