Celebrating NAIDOC Week

13 Jun, 2016

NAIDOC Week 2016 has begun and runs until 10th of July. This is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements. Join us in acknowledging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, scholars, sportspeople, Elders, community members and more.

This year you can celebrate NAIDOC Week in different ways. We will be co-hosting a free sausage sizzle with Rotary Wanneroo at the Perth NAIDOC Week Opening Ceremony at Elizabeth Quay. This fantastic annual event will be held on Sunday 3 July from 11am – 4pm. We hope to see you there to commemorate this important occasion and try delicious beef and kangaroo sausages.

The City of Kwinana will also be celebrating NAIDOC Week on Monday June 27. Join then for the official launch of their NAIDOC celebrations with a Welcome To Country and a Smoking Ceremony, followed by performances, presentation of Awards and the launch of the Albert Windie Art Exhibition, celebrating the talent of local Aboriginal artists. You can find out more about their NAIDOC Week events here.

NAIDOC Theme

The 2016 theme is ‘Songlines: the living narrative of our nation'. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples the Dreamtime describes a time when the earth, people and animals were created by their ancestral spiritual beings. Dreaming tracks crisscross Australia and trace the journeys of their ancestral spirits as the land, animals and Lores were created. These dreaming tracks are sometimes called ‘Songlines’ as they record the travels of these ancestral spirits who 'sung' the land into life.

These Songlines are recorded in traditional songs, stories, dance and art. They carry significant spiritual and cultural connection to knowledge, customs, ceremony and Lore of many Aboriginal nations and Torres Strait Islander language groups. Songlines are also intricate maps of land, sea and country. They describe travel and trade routes, the location of waterholes and the presence of food.

We invite all Australians to learn more about Songlines and explore those which have created the Country in your region. Learn how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are today using digital technologies and modern mediums to record and celebrate these ancient Songlines or dreaming stories. Through learning more about Songlines and how they connect people to Country and the Country to people – we celebrate the rich history and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures - the oldest continuing cultures on the planet.

For more information on NAIDOC Week visit their website.

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