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. In 2016, Naidoc Week will run from Sunday, 3 July until Sunday, 10 July 2016. Shepparton will celebrate NAIDOC Week 2016 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.
To mark the beginning of NAIDOC Week, the Flag Raising Ceremony will give the opportunity for members of the community to publicly commemorate the importance of NAIDOC week. The Melbourne ceremony will be on Monday 4th July at Federation Square 9:30am – 11:00am. Click on the link above to see the list of a number of locations and times around Melbourne and Victoria.
The 2016 NAIDOC March will be held on Friday 8th July. This year we are starting at 10:30am with a pre-march festival and the march set to start at 11:45am at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) on 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. Come to the VAHS at 10:30am for a feed and refreshments, make banners, get the kids’ faces painted, and get prepared for the march. We will depart from VAHS, walk down Nicholson Street onto Spring Street, turn down Bourke Street and then onto Swanston Street finishing up at Fed Square with a Post March Concert.
NAIDOC Week Events in Shepparton
The theme of this year’s NAIDOC WEEK is Songlines: The living narrative of our nation
July 2 Unity Cup Matches at Rumbalara Football/Netball Club, Mercury Dve, Shepparton. 1:30pm Netball A Grade Match; 2:20pm Football Senior Match;
—Download the Flyer for the Unity Cup 2016
July 4 Official Launch of Naidoc Week, Breakfast and Flag Raising 8am – 10am Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative, 20 Rumbalara Road, Mooroopna
—Download the Flyer for the 2016 Launch of NAIDOC Week
July 5 Tour of the Flats Walk, 2pm, with Uncle Leon
—Download the NAIDOC 2016 flyer Guided Tour of the Flats
July 7 Family Fun Day free. 9:30 – 3:30 Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative, 20 Rumbalara Road, Mooroopna
—Download the Flyer for the Family Fun Day
July 7 at 1.00 free. Indigenous Highlights from the SAM collection. Celebrate NAIDOC week with SAM. Join Senior Curator Anna Biers, Collections/Registrar Lilian Young and Indigenous Curatorial Assistant Belinda Briggs in conversation about some of the gems displayed in the SAM Collection as part of NAIDOC Week.
— Read more Here. (Exhibition is Free, bookings are helpful)
7 July 10:30am-11:30am. Shepparton Library’s NAIDOC Week Morning Tea. This is a free event with light refreshments provided. We are celebrating 5 years of the Dungala-Kaiela writing awards. Previous entrants will be reading their poems, stories or yarns.
— Download the flyer for the Morning Tea at Shepparton Library
July 8 10am – 2pm free. Come and Celebrate NAIDOC Week. Basket weaving,traditional games, Individual Spirits Dance Crew and much more. Food and drinks provided. Where: Macintosh Centre, Shepparton Showgrounds.
—Download the Flyer for Naidoc Week – Showgrounds Fun Day