NAIDOC Week 2021 – Heal Country!

2 July 2021

NAIDOC Week 2021 – Heal Country!

NAIDOC 2021 is almost upon us; with the important theme this year of Heal Country with the week being celebrated from Sunday July 4 – Sunday July 11.

Heal Country is of particular significance to the Land Rights network, as it reflects your continued advocacy for increased and robust Culture and Heritage protections, through your work and leadership role in your communities.

As you know, NAIDOC was postponed in July last year before being celebrated in November. Unfortunately, due to current health orders due to COVID-19 cases, there are restrictions on movement and gatherings across the state. In NSW, many NAIDOC events have been postponed, others have been cancelled and others will go online.

Nonetheless, NAIDOC week is an opportunity to reflect and celebrate on what we do – as individuals and together – to amplify our voices; to consider what Heal Country means to us living on such an incredible continent; and our roles working for Aboriginal community-controlled organisations committed to the betterment of Aboriginal people, communities, Country and waterways in NSW. Whilst NAIDOC is a weeklong celebration, our communities are healing country through actions every day.

NSWALC has prepared some videos, stories and slides featuring our Councillors and some of the work of the Land Rights network, which will be shared on social media across NAIDOC Week.

NSWALC would like to celebrate and share your NAIDOC celebrations with the network, so please tag @nswalc with how you’re spending NAIDOC, in a COVID-safe way.

NSWALC’s Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/nswalc

NSWALC’s Instagram page is https://www.instagram.com/nswalc/

NSWALC’s Twitter profile is https://twitter.com/nswalc

And NSWALC’s LinkedIn page is https://au.linkedin.com/company/nsw-aboriginal-land-council

In lieu of restrictions impacting our ability to participate in community events, included is a list of online events and webinars across NAIDOC Week 2021.

Stay safe and happy NAIDOC week everyone!

New South Wales

Monday July 5

Custodians of Country – virtual event – RSVP essential

6pm

Features Cathy Eatock, Chris Bonney, Bruce Pascoe, Dr Virginia Marshall, Pastor Ray Minniecon

https://www.betterfutures.org.au/event_050721

Tuesday July 6

Talking Deadly: Tracing Ancestors – Please Register

1pm-3pm on Zoom

Melissa Jackson from the State Library of NSW shares her knowledge of library resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family research.

https://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/events/talking-deadly-tracing-ancestors

Tuesday July 6

Healing Our Waterways – virtual event – RSVP essential

6pm

Features Uncle Bruce Shillingsworth, Gadrian Hoosan, Dr Anne Poelina.

https://www.betterfutures.org.au/event_060721

Wednesday July 7

Healing Our Lands – virtual event – RSVP essential

6pm

Features Kado Muir, Anthony Watson, Adrian Burragubba, Auntie Lena Frazer and Bunna Lawrie.

https://www.betterfutures.org.au/event_070721

Wednesday July 7

Talking Deadly: Heal Country – Please Register

6pm-7pm on Zoom

https://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/events/heal-country

Thursday July 8

Community Healing – virtual event – RSVP essential

6pm

Features Ernie Dingo, Jonathan Hermawan, Leeton Lee, Gadrian Hoosan

https://www.betterfutures.org.au/event_080721

Friday July 9

Pursuing Global Justice – virtual event – RSVP essential

6pm

Features Dr Virginia Marshall, Yessie Mosby, Pastor Ray Minniecon, Kado Muir and Cathy Eatock.

https://www.betterfutures.org.au/event_090721

Saturday July 10

NAIDOC in the City – virtual event

11am – 3pm

Features weaving workshops, cooking segments, traditional dancers, welcome to country and the musical acts.

https://www.facebook.com/Naidoc-in-the-City-2021_Jumbunna-112811961035230

NSWALC is a proud sponsor of NAIDOC in the City.

Victoria

Sunday July 4

NAIDOC Flag Raising and Smoking Ceremony

11am-12:30pm

Mount Leura volcano livestream on Facebook

https://bit.ly/3h4PJkM (Event page)

Monday July 5

NAIDOC Flag Raising

2pm-3pm

Melbourne livestream on Facebook

https://bit.ly/3h6ya3P (Event page)

Tuesday July 6

Healing Country, Healing Futures: Aspirations for Country and Community – Please Register

6:30pm on Zoom

This event is hosted by the University of Melbourne’s Indigenous Knowledge Institute in partnership with the Faculty of Science.

https://unimelb.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_55DBNcFQRnGzSa_NdmWaFA

Wednesday July 7

First Nations Bushfoods and Plant Uses – Aboriginal Learning Facilitators from the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

1:30pm-2:15pm

Livestreamed on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BotanicGardensVictoria/ and by the Casey Cardinia Library https://www.facebook.com/CaseyCardiniaLibraries/

Queensland

Thursday July 8

Yarning Circle: Indigenous Knowledge, Environmental Science and Mining – Please Register

11am-1pm

Indigenous and non-indigenous experts will discuss the NAIDOC theme Heal Country!

https://smi.uq.edu.au/event/session/9510