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NAIDOC Week is celebrated from the 4–11th of July and the theme for this year is ‘Heal Country, Heal our nation’. Echoing the Reconciliation Week theme earlier in May (‘More than a word, reconciliation takes action’), the theme for NAIDOC Week 2021 calls for stronger action to acknowledge and preserve all aspects of our Indigenous cultures and the land on which we stand today.

Originating in 1920, the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee has been a leading body to raise awareness for Australia’s First Nations communities. NAIDOC Week is a time for all Australians to learn and celebrate the culture, history and achievements of First Nations and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Annual celebration includes the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony which is to be held at Alice Springs this year. Below are some events around Boorloo (Perth) that you can get involved in for NAIDOC Week this year.

Image Credit: 2021 National NAIDOC logo

Heal Country Trail | 4–11 July

A Heal Country and Little Bird’s Day trail from Roe Street Bridge through to the State Library of WA will be installed with photographs for the public to view. Through the exhibition, you may follow the little bird to the exhibition at the State Library to better understand the story of our First Nations communities. Along with the Little Bird’s Day exhibition, you may also find the Mavis Phillips (nee Walley) collection at the State Library (open until 27th July).

Healing and Resistance at Arts (PICA) | POSTPONED

Join Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) for an evening of artist talks, storytelling and panel discussion. This is an opportunity to understand more and engage with First Nations Arts and creatives. Event speakers included Carly Lane, Bradley Kickett, Joshua Pether, Helah Milroy and Janine Oxenham. This event has been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions, so make sure to register so that you can secure a ticket!

Maali Festival | 9–10 July

The Black Swan State Theatre Company of WA will bring you a celebration with dance and theatre, to acknowledge and connect with the world’s oldest living culture(s). Maali, which is black swan in Nyoongar, will gather and connect audiences to the past and future of First Nations history.

Heal Country! Exhibition | 28 June – 13 July

The Linton & Kay Galleries will hold a NAIDOC Week special exhibition with selected Aboriginal artists to showcase their stories. A welcome to country and discussion will be delivered as the opening of the event.

NAIDOC Week Online Storytime with Aunty Fay Muir (Online) | 5 July (11–12pm on Zoom)

The Casey Cardinia Libraries will be organising a free Storytime workshop to celebrate NAIDOC Week with songs and stories by Aunty Fay. This is a family friendly event held online via Zoom.

Curtin

At Curtin, the annual flag raising ceremony has been cancelled this year due to the unpredictable COVID-19 restrictions. Students are encouraged to complete the Noongar Language and Culture MOOC to gain better understanding of our First Nations cultures.

Visit the NAIDOC website to learn their ‘top 20 tips for celebrating a COVIDSafe NAIDOC Week’ for 2021.

Image Credit: naidoc.org.au