National NAIDOC Week

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The City of Stonnington acknowledges we are meeting on the Traditional Lands of the Kulin Nations and pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.

We extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

NAIDOC week

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

Find out more about its origins and history on the NAIDOC website.

2021 NAIDOC Week theme: Heal Country!

'Heal Country!' calls on all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction. 'Heal Country!' also means resolving many of the outstanding injustices which impact on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Find out more about 'Heal Country' on the NAIDOC website.

Gubbi Gubbi artist Maggie-Jean Douglas wins the 2021 National NAIDOC Poster competition

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Gubbi Gubbi artist Maggie-Jean Douglas has won the 2021 National NAIDOC Poster competition from a record 260 entries.

Maggie-Jean describes herself as ‘a proud murri’. Her mob is Gubbi Gubbi from the Sunshine Coast region of Queensland though she grew up on Goreng Goreng Country and has been living on Ngunnawal Country for the past three years. Maggie-Jean has always ‘had an appreciation for anything that involved creating’ and her earliest memories of being inspired by art came from her Aunty’s artworks.

What does NAIDOC mean to Maggie-Jean?

‘It’s such an important time of year and to have created an artwork that the National NAIDOC Committee felt was a good representation of the theme means so much to me.'

For Maggie-Jean, winning the poster competition is extra special for her as NAIDOC Week is one of her favorite times of the year. ‘I’m not sure why but I always feel extra proud to be Indigenous through NAIDOC Week. I love knowing there’s people around Australia doing more than usual to celebrate us, our history and our culture.’

Download the 2021 poster from the NAIDOC website.

City of Stonnington NAIDOC Week Events

  • Utopia and beyond – art exhibition

An free exhibition of Australia’s First Nation established and emerging artists from 4 - 11 July. Visit on 5 July 11 am for a special tour.

Location: Kinross Arts Centre, rear of Toorak Uniting Church, 603 Toorak Road, Toorak.

To book email engaged@stonnington.vic.gov.au or call 8290 1333.

  • Justin House Art Museum (JAHM) Online conversations

Tune in on 5 July 7:30 pm to learn the origin of the museum and enjoy a virtual tour of Storylines + Songlines, contemporary Australian paintings, sculptures, bark paintings, ceramics, videos and photographs from the Arthur and Suzie Roe collection, and a discussion on NAIDOC Week.

Email engaged@stonnington.vic.gov.au to register for this free event.

  • Storylines + Songlines JAHM tours

Enjoy a curated journey on 6 and 8 July 10:30 am - 12 noon by Charles and Leah Justin and learn about; the motivations behind the works, the rich and creative responses the artists have to their Country and culture, and marvel at the sheer diversity of the nearly 70 Australian works on display.

Location: Justin House Art Museum, 3 Lumley Court, Prahran.

To book email engaged@stonnington.vic.gov.au or call 8290 1333.

  • 'In My Blood It Runs' online screening

In celebration of NAIDOC week Stonnington Youth Services EXPRESSIONS committee is hosting an online screening of 'In My Blood It Runs' on July 7 6:30 pm followed by a movie trivia with prizes afterwards!

Email youth@stonnington.vic.gov.au to register for the event.

Watch the trailer:

NAIDOC Week video

Reconciliation Action Plan update

Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) has been developed in consultation with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and Traditional Owners, as well as the wider community. Our RAP for 2021-2023 is being finalised and we look forward to sharing it soon.

You can read our Reconciliation Plan 2018-2020 summary (PDF, 1MB) or view the entire Reconciliation Action Plan on our Indigenous Reconciliation page.